An establishment that provides lodging facilities in return for a certain amount of payment is known as a hotel and the shelter that it provides is known as the hotel accommodation. Apart from living quarters, hotels usually provide add-on facilities of restaurants, swimming pool, conference hall and sometimes even a crèche.
Hotel accommodations are of various types and the age-old adage of 'pay more, get more' holds true in such a situation. The general trend in this industry is that the higher the cost the better is the quality in terms of service and the range of amenities provided to the guest. To adjudge the standard of the hotel there is a rating system which is followed worldwide and is denoted by stars wherein the five stars indicate the ultimate in luxury and is followed by four, three, two and one and finally no stars. As the number of stars diminish, so does the standard of quality, service and amenities offered and it is the no-star category which is the cheapest and the least luxurious.
There are some hotels which are different from the usual brick-and-mortar accommodations and a popular variety in this regard is the tree-house. These are built amidst real trees and it is the tree trunks which are used as structural elements. Nestled in the lap of nature, these are unique forms of hotel accommodations and attract visitors simply due to their ethnic and natural settings. Mainly located in wildlife reserves and areas which are characterized by dense vegetation, these hotels are a portion of the resort and are managed by authorities which are specialized in this form of accommodation.
Another out-of-the-way form of hotel accommodation is capsule hotel wherein the capsules are stacked sideways as also on top of each other. Since the space is also as big as a medium sized block made out of plastic or fiberglass it can only be used for sleeping with amenities like lockers and washrooms being communal. Courtesy of their nature and size, they can be used only as transit accommodation and are economically priced. Thus for people who are traveling and just need to sleep for a part of the journey, these are the ideal form of accommodations.
Then there are boutique budget hotels which boast of state-of-the-art amenities set amidst stylish surroundings so that travelers get a taste of living in style without spending a fortune and yet being comfortable. Other types of cheap hotel accommodations are hostels and bed & breakfast.