Since the advent of organized tourism, 169 years have passed — the first travel Agency in history was opened in 1841 by Thomas cook. At the same time, few people know about the unified system of classification of hotel rooms: if the official star rating of hotels in most countries has already been sorted out, then everything is somewhat more complicated with rooms.
Of course, almost every hotel, the category of which is higher than two or three stars, can offer its guests standard, luxury and Suite rooms. But the quality and quantity of services provided in them may vary even within the same hotel. And all because there are the diversity of views, functional purpose room (family business) and even design (e.g., Mediterranean Suite in shades of blue or the Caribbean — bright and tropical).
One thing is for sure: a standard room in any hotel in the world should consist of one small room with a bed, a separate shower, a small wardrobe and a TV. The bathroom of each room should also have a standard set of towels, soap and shower gel. By the way, in some countries, for example, in China, this set is always supplemented with a comb, toothbrush and paste.
In short, the classification given below is quite universal and suitable for all cities and countries, but it still does not guarantee 100% accuracy — the vagueness of definitions still takes place. Therefore, having a General idea, it is useful to clarify information about the hotel before the trip, as well as read reviews about hotels.
To begin with, it will be useful to understand for yourself the generally accepted abbreviations adopted by hoteliers around the world. If DBL (from the English “double” — double) or SGL (“single” — one, single), as a rule, do not cause any difficulties, then such ciphers as DUS (double use single — double room, which is used as a single) or BG GV (bungalow garden view — Bungalow with garden view) can mislead even the most sophisticated tourist.
Let’s talk about the main abbreviations adopted in the hotel environment.
Placement types and their classification
- DBL: classic double room with a double bed.
- TWIN: the same as the DBL, but with two single beds.
- SGL: classic single room.
- TRPL ( Triple): triple room.
- QDPL (Quadripl): quadruple room.
- APT (Apartment) — two-or three-room room (sometimes more rooms) with a kitchenette or a full kitchen. The number of bedrooms is indicated as follows: 1 BDRM and 2 BDRM-respectively, 1 and 2 bedrooms.
- If you need an extra bed in the room, then you need the abbreviation EXB (extra bed).
- +1 CHD: plus the child, in parentheses — the age of the child (2-6) or (6-12). If the child is under two years old, then it is designated as INF (Infant). Two children, respectively, +2 CHD, and so on.
Before “+CHD “can stand as the above abbreviations (DBL, TWIN, SGL, TRPL, QDPL), and denoting the number of adults a little differently: 2 ADL or 2 AD, where 2 is the number, and ADL or AD-Adult, which in English means “adult”.
Numbers and their classification
- Standard (STD): standard number.
- Superior: slightly larger than the standard room.
- Family Room: a family room, often consisting of two rooms.
- Suite (STE): in General, this is a room with a room and a separate sitting area (in fact, with two rooms). In turn, it is divided into several subcategories: Mini (slightly better than Superior), Junior (a room and a separate recreation area or a fenced-off sleeping place), Senior (a superior room with a full bedroom and living room), King and Executive (with two bedrooms).
- Studio: one-room apartment with a small kitchenette.
- Luxe (sometimes De Luxe): does not need translation, it is a room with a high level of comfort.
- Honeymoon Room: a special room for newlyweds.
In order to specify which beds are in the room, some designations are also used: rooms with “Royal beds” Kingsize Bed (K; width more than 180 cm), Queen Bed (Q), simple double beds Double Bed (D; respectively, if the room is equipped with two beds-the abbreviation 2D will stand).
Location of rooms relative to the hotel
- Corner: corner room.
- Main Building (MB): a room located in the main building.
- Connected Rooms: rooms with a passage from one to another.
- New Building: a room in the new building.
- Balcony Room: a room with a balcony.
- Executive floor: the room is located on a separate floor with additional services and a higher level of service.
- Duplex: a two-story room.
- Bungalow (BG): separate building. Also referred to as Cabana.
- ROH (run of the house): hotel accommodation without a pre-arranged room type.
Views from Windows and their classification
- BV (Beach view): view of the beach.
- BF (Beach front): beach view
- CV (City view): the view of the city.
- DV (Dune view): view of the sand dunes.
- GV (Garden view): garden view.
- LV (Land view): view of the surrounding area.
- MV (Mountain view): the view of the mountains.
- OV (ocean view): the view of the ocean.
- PV (Pool view): overlooking swimming pool.
- RV (River view): a view of the river.
- SV (Sea view): sea view.
- SSV (Sea Side view): lateral view of the sea.
- VV (Valley view): view of the valley.
- ROH (run of the house): accommodation in a hotel without a pre-arranged view from the window.
If the theater starts with a hanger, then the hotel starts with a regular standard room (STD). It is by its appearance that you can get a completely adequate idea of the level of the hotel, the number and quality of services provided in it. All standard rooms can be divided into doubles (double) and singles (single). Sometimes a triple (triple) is added to the room palette, but most often the hotel administration offers an extra bed in a double room.
Depending on the star rating of the hotel, they can vary greatly. For example, a traditional single room in a 2* hotel will be very small in size, with difficulty accommodating a bed, nightstand and wardrobe. In addition, the price will include cleaning no more than once a day (if you are lucky, or even less often), as well as changing linen and towels every 3-5 days. The bathroom set will be minimal: a towel, soap and sometimes shower gel.
A completely different picture will appear before the vacationer in the single of a five-star hotel. A large comfortable bed, an armchair, a table with a mirror, daily cleaning, a full cosmetic set in the bathroom, including all kinds of fragrant Soaps and shower caps, a hair dryer, fluffy bathrobes and Slippers, marble floors and TV with satellite channels.
Of course, the cost of such rooms varies greatly, even on the territory of the same hotel. Which is not least affected by the view from the window. Traditionally, the most expensive are considered picturesque views of the sea, ocean, mountains or garden.
The only thing that unites hotel rooms around the world in any, but the system-star classification, which obliges hotels to comply with a certain minimum area of their rooms and a set of services in them. For example, in Iceland, a double room in a 3* hotel must be at least 18 square meters, a single room — 14. In a 4* hotel, the room area for two should be at least 24 sq. m, and for one-16 sq.m. in five — star hotels, doubles can boast 26 sq. m, singles-18.
Also, everything is clearly spelled out by the Germans. All rooms in tourist class 1* hotels must be equipped with a hot shower and color TV, the area of 8 and 12 sq. m. in single and double rooms, respectively. 2* — 12 and 16 sq. m, 3* – 14 and 18 sq. m, 4* – 16 and 22 sq. m, luxury rooms in 5* hotels must be at least 18 and 26 sq. m.
In addition, it is worth noting that a full bathroom, not a shower, can only be expected from hotels of level 3* and higher. When booking doubles, you should also be careful: after all, they are divided by type of bed — one double in the room (usually designated DBL) or two single beds (TWIN).
In hotels in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, you can also find such a type of room as moderate (MOD). It can not be attributed to either suites or suites, or to standard — it is rather something in the middle, close to STD. In Europe, however, there are more common designations of such numbers as superior (SUP) — “improved”.
Suite (which is also periodically called “Suite” or “Suite”) is derived from the English word suite, the translation of which means “set” or “set”.
Suites are different: Junior (junior), standard (standart), senior (senior), Executive (executive), Royal (royal), as well as any, which decided to embody the imagination of the hotelier. Starting with the “Mediterranean”, “Caribbean”or Suite for newlyweds, and ending with the “Embassy”.
The lowest level in the hierarchy of suites is occupied by Junior (from the English “Junior”). Its area is approximately 20-25 square meters, which is slightly larger than a standard room, and it consists of one room divided into two zones: a lounge and a living room. And yet the difference between Junior suites and traditional rooms, in addition to the size, is significant: this includes satellite TV, DVD, Internet access, mini-bar and other options.
The standard Suite is a two-room Suite of 25-40 sq. m. Here the same filling as in the Junior, the only difference is in the size, including the bathroom.
He is followed by the Senor (“senior”) or Executive, or presidential (president suite). Accordingly, these are the most luxurious rooms in the hotel, which occupy from 3 to 7 rooms, have a private pool, sauna, entrance, Butler and so on.
Recently, suites are becoming a fashion trend, and many hotels specialize exclusively in such rooms. For example, Hilton has a chain of Embassy Suites hotels, the number of rooms of which consists exclusively of suites.
Lux (LUX), short for English “luxury” — “luxury, luxury”. Accordingly, suites are the most luxurious and, as a rule, only 4-5*hotels have them. Thanks to the recommendation of the world Tourism Organization, the area of suites starts from 30-35 square meters. m, sometimes they consist of several rooms: a bedroom and a living room.
The cost of living per night in a Suite is usually twice as high as in a standard room. But for this significant premium, hotels offer guests luxurious decoration and furnishings of the rooms, picturesque views from the window, a spacious bathroom with a Jacuzzi, fluffy towels and bathrobes, high-quality cosmetics. Sometimes the price of the Suite includes free use of a mini-bar, swimming pool, fitness center. In addition, suites are sometimes deliberately placed on separate floors with their own respeshn, lobby, Spa and restaurant.
In the Caribbean, the United States, Mexico and some other countries, such rooms are also called Deluxe (deluxe, DLX).
Apartments, in simple terms, are of two types: simpler/cheaper and chic/expensive. This fact depends on the star rating of the hotel. If this is a high-level hotel, then most likely apartments in it will mean very expensive and comfortable rooms for discerning guests. Such apartments can not be classified: they are unique even within the same hotel, the only thing that unites them is the size, which starts from two rooms and ends with two floors. And their design depends only on the riot of imagination of the hotelier.
Hotels from 2 to 4 stars, as well as specialized apartment hotels, on the contrary, offer guests fairly budget rooms for a large number of guests. This can be, for example, a two-room apartment for four tourists.
Almost every apartment has a separate bedroom, its own living room, a large full bathroom and a full kitchen or a corner for cooking. In addition, depending on its class — economy, luxury or business-they differ in furniture and services provided. For example, luxury apartments, in addition to a chic environment and an abundance of modern technology, offer their guests the services of a personal Butler, massage in the room, a security guard, a private car with a driver and a special menu: diet, with a unique wine list, and so on. Business apartments, as a rule, guarantee guests peace and quiet, high — speed Internet, office equipment-in short, everything you need for a full-fledged work.
Rooms for newlyweds
They are distinguished by a romantic design, a large bed and a bathroom with a Jacuzzi, as well as specialized service — unique in each hotel. In addition to the classic champagne and fruit in the room, some hotels in the Maldives offer unusual wedding ceremonies on the beach or desert island, free access to spas or candlelit dinner on a yacht.
In the most romantic city in the world (we are talking, of course, about Paris), the Four Season George V hotel offers newlyweds to stay in the Honeymoon Suite, which is located on the top eighth floor. Needless to say, the terrace of the “honey Suite” offers stunning views of the Eiffel tower? And the Bellaggio hotel in Las Vegas offers newlyweds exquisite chocolate made according to a special, “love” recipe.
In short, today rooms for newlyweds can be found in almost all major cities of the world, mostly in hotels 4-5*.
Bungalow rooms are usually located in isolated small one-or two-story buildings scattered throughout the hotel complex. In each such building there are 2-4 bungroom rooms, and they can be Deluxe or superior class, standard or luxury suites. This type of accommodation is found, for the most part, in beach resorts — in Greece, Turkey, popular countries of Southeast Asia. Of course, a night in a Bungalow is much more expensive than in a standard room (located in the main building of the hotel). They are usually chosen by lovers of silence and solitude.
This type of accommodation is exclusively for the rich, discerning and appreciating privacy and independence of clients. As a rule, the villas are comfortably located somewhere near the main entertainment and infrastructure of the main building of the hotel or hotel complex, while with maximum comfort for their guests. One-and two-storey luxury houses with private pools, saunas and gardens also offer guests the services of personal butlers, secretaries or cooks. You can rent a Villa for a long time (a month or two), and for the traditional two weeks, while the price does not depend on the number of residents.
Which room to live in, which house to choose for your vacation-it’s up to you. And we hope that this article will allow you not to get lost in the world of hotel abbreviations and book exactly what you and your family will need.
Published on: Dec 25, 2020