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Types of hotel rooms: A complete guide

  Posted in Resources  Last updated 7/06/2024

What are the different types of hotel rooms?

Types of hotel rooms are the classification of rooms offered at a hotel. By giving hotel rooms a ‘type’, properties help guests understand exactly what they’re booking when planning their stay. Hotel room types vary by size, number and type of beds, amenities, what you can do in the room (for example, smoking or no smoking) and other factors.

Generally, the most common types of hotel rooms found on online travel agencies such as Booking.com, Expedia, and Agoda are:

  • Single room
  • Standard double room
  • Standard twin room
  • Deluxe double room
  • Studio room or apartment
  • Junior suite
  • Executive suite
  • Presidential suite

The style of hotel, the characteristics and layout of the property, its location, and the guest demographics will help a hotelier determine what combination of hotel room types should be on offer to entice bookings.

Why should you know about room types in a hotel?

Room types in a hotel play a huge part in how a guest makes a booking, and even if they make a booking at all. It’s important to be offering room types that appeal to your ideal guest segment but also a broad range of guests. This will allow you to maximise occupancy and revenue.

Modern hotels are set up to welcome a wide variety of guests; from couples to families, business travellers and groups. This is reflected in hotel booking options, which provide for the differing needs of guests by offering a range of room types.

Single, double, queen, suite? The options available to provide guests with an experience that matches their needs go well beyond this list. 

In this blog, we’ll explore the full range of hotel room types, so your hotel can set up and sell your rooms online more successfully.

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Benefits of creating different hotel room types

By being specific and strategic in creating different hotel room types, you’ll be better able to lure your ideal customers, book more rooms, boost revenue and more effectively manage your room inventory and distribution.

Having more than one type of room at your hotel means you can target specific client segments. Not only will you better meet the needs of each segment, you’ll be selling more rooms as people immediately identify an option that caters to their circumstances.

Different room types can also cater to different price points and the range of options available will give potential guests an idea of the overall standard of your hotel.

Room types can also be a powerful tool that supports your marketing strategy. Wanting to attract honeymooners to your hotel? Offering a “honeymoon suite” sends a message that your hotel is perfectly set up to offer a romantic and special experience for couples who’ve recently tied the knot.

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Common hotel room types

You might think there’s only about 5 types of hotel rooms that are popular to use, but in reality there are a lot more than that.

Common hotel room types can be based on occupancy, bed size, layout, or even by the type of stay they are most suitable for.

Here are some common hotel room types you might be able to use at your property:

Hotel room type by occupancy

One of the most obvious and straightforward ways that hotel rooms can be categorised is by the number of people the room accommodates.

Single hotel room type

A single room is designed for one occupant and has one bed – generally a double or queen bed.

Double hotel room type

A room for two people, sometimes with two full-size beds and sometimes with a king or queen bed. The size of this room is usually larger than a single room.

Triple hotel room type

As the name suggests, the triple is a room that can accommodate three people, and will generally include three twin beds, one double bed and one twin bed or two double beds.

Quad hotel room type

A larger room that’s meant for four guests, and will have at least two double beds.

Some quad rooms may be set up with bunks or twins.

Hotel rooms by bed size

Another way hotel rooms can be categorised and named is by reference to the size of the bed in the room.

Queen hotel room

A room with a queen-sized bed (generally 60 inches wide x 80 inches long, or 152.4 cm x 203.2 cm) which can be occupied by one or more people.

King hotel room

A room with a king-sized bed (generally 76 inches wide x 80 inches long, or 193 cm x 203 cm) which can be occupied by one or more people.

Twin hotel room

A room with two twin beds which can be occupied by one or more people.

Hollywood Twin hotel room

Similar to a twin room, however the two twin beds are joined together by a common headboard.

Double double hotel room

A room with two double or queen beds. It’s meant to accommodate two to four people.

Studio hotel room

A studio room is a small room that comes with a couch that can be converted into a bed and sometimes contains additional beds or a small kitchenette.

Hotel rooms by layout type

The size, design and arrangement of the room in a hotel can be used to create different room types.

What is a standard room in a hotel?

A standard room is one of the cheapest hotel rooms, and usually includes a double or queen bed. It’s usually a rectangular space with a private bathroom, a desk, an armchair or sofa and perhaps a cupboard and dressing table. Other basic facilities are provided and may include a media player, television, telephone and coffee and tea making facilities.

Deluxe room

A step up from a standard room in terms of room views (may have water or city views, for example), location, furnishings and amenities. These rooms often have a balcony, more luxurious bathroom and are also a little more roomy generally.

Suite or executive suite

A suite is generally a larger space with separate bedroom areas connected to a living room. This type of room may also include a kitchenette.

Mini suite or junior suite

A mini suite is a single room with a bed and sitting area.

Presidential suite

Presidential suites are the most luxurious – and expensive – rooms in a hotel. There are generally only one or two of these, if any, within an entire hotel. This suite will boast an expansive floorplan with one or more bedrooms, a living space, a long list of amenities and custom services.

What is a guest room in a hotel?

A guest room usually refers to any type of room that isn’t a suite.

Apartment and long stay

Rooms with full kitchens, laundry facilities and other amenities that allow guests to stay comfortably for extended periods of time.

Connecting rooms

Rooms with separate entries from the outside and a connecting door between the rooms so guests can move between rooms without going out into the hallway. Great for families or groups.

Adjoining or adjacent rooms

Rooms with a common wall or rooms that are close to each other. These rooms do not have a connecting door.

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Full list of hotel room types

The full list of hotel rooms is endless, and bound only by a hotelier’s creativity.

While rooms are commonly categorised by occupancy, bed size and layout – as described above – they can be categorised by amenities, who the room is most suited to, what’s included, the unique style of room or anything else that helps give guests an idea of what to expect when they book that room.

Some other rooms you might see on a hotel’s booking website include:

Accessible room

A room designed to meet the specific needs of guests with a disability or guests whose stay might be made more comfortable with additional assistance.

Room only

Hostels, bed and breakfasts and dorm-style hotels may include a room only, with the bathroom, kitchen and living spaces shared between guests.

Pet-friendly room

A hotel may allow all or some rooms to accommodate certain types of pets or service animals.

Villa, cabana, cabin or bungalow

These are just some of the names resort-style hotels may use for stand-alone rooms, rooms with private or adjoining pools, beach-side rooms and similar.

Executive room

These rooms may come with bigger desks and other perks and be located close to the hotel’s guest office amenities.

Smoking/Non-smoking room

Rooms may be designated to allow or restrict smoking inside the room.

Giving your hotel room types names

Giving your hotel room types names that go beyond numbers or simple descriptors can be a good idea because it opens up a whole new way of engaging guests, convincing them to book, and building their anticipation.

Here’s why you think about giving your hotel room types creative names:

Enhanced creativity and marketing: Room names can be a powerful marketing tool.  As we mentioned earlier, “Honeymoon Suite” conjures up images of romance and luxury, making it more appealing than the average room.

Plus, it also makes it clear who the room is appropriate and designed for. In other instances, combining a type with a name can be useful. For example, a descriptive name like “Ocean View King” clearly communicates the room’s features and targets specific guest preferences.

Creates a more memorable and shareable experience: People tend to remember experiences better than numbers or generic names, and are more willing to talk about them too.  A stay in “The Snow Slope Vista” becomes a story to tell friends and family, and to broadcast on social media.

Increased revenue potential: Desirable names and rooms with specific themes may be more appealing to guests and thus drive a higher price than other room types. Guests will also expect this too, so there shouldn’t be any friction. For instance, if a guest is looking to book “The Captain’s Cabin”, they will know it’s a higher rate and standard than the “Crewman’s Bunk.”

Of course, if you do come up with creative names for your hotel rooms, you still need to ensure the guest knows what they’re paying for. It’s important to accompany names with accurate and detailed room descriptions, which we’ll get to next.

What is a hotel room description?

A hotel room description provides details to a potential guest about what is included in a particular hotel room. The description will usually include information such as how many beds and what types are in the room, what amenities are included, any special features, and there may also be information about cancellation policies or other inclusions.

The hotel room description should allow the guest to make a fully informed booking decision by knowing if it suits their individual requirements and preferences.

How you write your room description is up to you – include the essential details in a clear and concise manner to make it easy for guests to scan, or make it a mini-sales pitch and invoke the imagination of your potential customers.

Hotel room description examples 

Ultimately, your room descriptions should be ‘on brand’ and match the way you speak about your hotel in other areas of your website. If you are a luxury property with elegant imagery and flowery language, then your room descriptions should align with this, while still providing guests with the information they need.

If you’re a budget hostel that offers travellers the essentials at a fair price, then you don’t need to sell them on too much because they are probably only looking for a bed, shower, and food.

If we look at a couple of examples from Kimpton Margot Sydney and Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences:

  • Kimpton gets straight to the point and lists the size of the room, along with guest occupancy, smoking restrictions, and a full list of available amenities.
  • Taj is more descriptive and expansive with its descriptions to indicate who the room would suit and why, while providing a more condensed list of amenities.

Standard or generic descriptions have broader appeal, while being more creative or prescriptive might have a narrower, but potentially stronger, appeal.

For example, if you are trying to sell a room for one guest who may plan to work during their stay, you could take a couple of different approaches:

  1. Standard double room

Ideal room for those who want a quiet, productive, stay.

200 sq. ft

One comfortable queen bed

Flat-screen TV with cable channels

Private bathroom with complimentary toiletries

High-speed Wi-Fi access

Work desk with ergonomic chair

  1. Writer’s retreat

Immerse yourself in comfort and quiet as you melt into a design that is perfect for creativity and concentration. 

With a soft queen bed, large windows allowing for natural light, a spa-inspired bathroom, and a dedicated workspace suited for long hours, you’ll be kicking your goals in no time.

Enjoy free high-speed Wi-Fi and flat-screen TV for when you need a break.

While option 1 has broader appeal and is easier to write, option 2 may seem more enticing to guests and could be worth the extra thought and effort!

Other hotel room description ideas

When preparing to create your hotel room descriptions, pay attention to these ideas to ensure you are incentivising guests to book:

  • Always include features: Guests absolutely need to know what they’ll be sleeping on, how much space they’ll have, what type of bathroom is included, what entertainment is available, if they’ll have a view, and more.
  • Talk about benefits or purposes: Is the room particularly suited to families, is it designed for pure relaxation, is it a hideaway perfect for productivity, is it supposed to inspire romance? 
  • Make it standout: Building themes around your room types and descriptions will always catch the eye of guests and help them choose a stay that matches their mood or motivation.
  • Don’t leave too many unanswered questions: Is the room accessible to those with a disability? What’s the cancellation policy? Is breakfast included? Are pets, children, and smoking allowed?
  • Don’t forget photos: It almost goes without saying, but high-quality photos are essential to include alongside your descriptions so guests can see that they are indeed going to get what is promised and what they pay for.
By Dean Elphick

Dean is the Senior Content Marketing Specialist of SiteMinder, the leading technology provider delivering hoteliers unbeatable revenue results. Dean has made writing and creating content his passion for the entirety of his professional life, which includes more than six years at SiteMinder. Through content, Dean aims to provide education, inspiration, assistance and value for accommodation businesses looking to improve the way they run their operations achieve their goals.

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