Traveling and hotels refer to the services associated with travelling from one place to another. This can involve the use of planes, boats, trains and automobiles. It can also include accommodation such as hotels and motels.
In most cases hotels are booked in advance, ensuring that there will be rooms available when travellers arrive at their destination. This can be done via hotel websites, booking consolidator websites or travel agents. Hotels may even offer special rates when booked through these channels. Travel agents may also be able to make arrangements for homestays or shared accommodation such as hostels, where guests will share bathrooms and kitchens but have their own bedrooms.
Some hotels are part of large chains that maintain a standard and order a range of services for their properties. This can include a breakfast buffet which saves on dining out at the hotel and provides a consistent experience for regular travelers. Hotels may have an in-house restaurant that caters to their specific clientele and others may provide food delivery to the room at an additional cost.
Some travellers prefer to stay in independent or boutique hotels that are more likely to have a unique theme and design, though they may be slightly less comfortable than larger hotels. These types of hotels are often located in the city centres and can offer a more personalised service. Hotel ratings are often based on subjective criteria such as cleanliness, comfort and staff friendliness that can be difficult to objectively rate.