Traveling and hotels are a big part of many people’s lives. They provide a break from home, a chance to meet new people and explore the world. However, these days it is not so cheap to take a vacation, so most people look for ways to save on their hotel stays. This is especially true when they are traveling with children or with older adults.
A hotel is an establishment that offers accommodation, usually in private rooms. It may also offer food and beverages. It also serves as venues for events, such as wedding receptions and conferences. Some hotels are owned and operated by large hospitality companies, while others are independently owned and operated.
Hotel chains often operate multiple brands and have a variety of price ranges, from luxury to budget. For example, a chain that operates full service hotels may also have a budget brand such as Days Inn or Knights Inn. This allows the chain to appeal to a wider market without having to reduce its standards.
Some hotels may also offer shuttle transportation in vans or mini-buses (seating 24 or less) to transport guests to and from nearby attractions, airport terminals, train stations, car rental agencies, bus depots or anywhere else at the request of a guest after check-in. This is an alternative to taxi services that might otherwise be required.
Some hotels have a standard rate quoted at the front desk or displayed prominently, often called the rack rate. The hotel may also have other rates that are lower, based on discounts, seasonality or loyalty programs.