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The Hotel Finder Guide to Accommodation Types: A Guide for Travellers


At Hotel Finder we have provided this guide for travellers to the different types of accommodation available, it explains the unique features of each type of accommodation, such as personalized experiences, amenities and services, and location. The guide is designed to help travellers make an informed decision about which type of accommodation to choose for their next trip, based on their needs and preferences.

When planning a trip, one of the most important decisions is where to stay. With so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the right type of accommodation. In this guide, we will take a closer look at the different types of accommodation available, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, guest houses, inns, apartments, aparthotels, hostels, resorts, and farm stays.


Hotels are the most popular type of accommodation for travellers. They offer a wide range of amenities and services, such as room service, restaurants, and fitness centres. Hotels can range from budget (such as Travelodge, Premier Inn) to 5 star luxury, and are typically located in popular tourist destination, travel hubs, and city centres. The majority of hotels will provide breakfast and a restaurant though there are always exceptions to this rule.

Bed and Breakfasts

Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs) are a type of accommodation that typically offer a more personalized experience. They are often located in residential areas and offer a home-like feel. B&Bs usually include breakfast as part of the stay and may offer other meals as well. You may also feel you get a more personalized and attentive stay with the business owners also living at the property, they have a vested interest in making your stay enjoyable.

Guest Houses

Guest houses are similar to B&Bs in that they offer a more personalized experience. However, they may offer different facilities, perhaps offing no food options which is a common differentiator.  At Hotel Finder we do note however for stays in Scotland and Northern Ireland you are more likely to be offered breakfast than in other parts of the United Kingdom.
Guest houses are often located in rural or coastal areas and are ideal for those seeking a quiet retreat.


Inns (pubs with accommodation) are a type of accommodation that typically offer a cozy and intimate atmosphere. They are often located in historic buildings and may offer traditional furnishings and decor. Inns may offer dining options and other amenities, such as a bar, lounge area. These are particularly poplar because you can relax in the evening, have a meal or a drink wiithout the need to drive and retire to your room later.


Apartments are a great choice for travellers who want a more independent experience. They are more likely to offer a kitchen in addition to a living area, which can make it easier to prepare meals and relax. Apartments are often located in residential areas and may offer long-term stays.


Aparthotels are a combination of apartments and hotels. They offer a kitchen and living area, as well as hotel services such as housekeeping and front desk services. Aparthotels are often located in urban areas and are ideal for business travellers and families where you can choose to be independent, make you own meals or visit a local restaurant.


Hostels are a budget-friendly type of accommodation that offer shared dormitory-style rooms. They are a popular choice for backpackers and solo travellers who want to meet other travellers. Hostels often offer communal areas and social activities, making it easy to meet other travellers.They may also offer a shared kitchen, or in the case of YHA Hostels offer a basic restauarant service.


Resorts are a type of accommodation that offers a range of amenities and services, such as restaurants, pools, and entertainment. They are typically located in popular tourist destinations and can range from budget to luxury. Resorts are ideal for those who want a complete vacation experience.

Farm Stays

Farm stays are a unique type of accommodation that offers a rural experience. They are often located on working farms and may offer activities such as horseback riding, hiking, and farm tours. Farm stays are ideal for those who want to experience the countryside and get a taste of farm life.


Choosing the right type of accommodation for your trip is an important decision that can greatly impact your travel experience. By understanding the different types of accommodations available, you can make an informed decision

In Summary

At Hotel Finder we sometimes see classifications that do not appear to be immediately logical in some circumstances. Whilst the vast majority accommodation providers provide a relevant and therefore informative classification some may choose there own classification to match there business needs, or to compete with similar establishments within a local area , these may sometimes give a false impression so it is always wise to study the facilities offered.

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