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What are the different types of accommodation?

11 Apr, 2022

The tourism industry is constantly evolving to adapt to the rapid changes driven by consumers’ demands. Customers want variety, and they will pay the price for this luxury. Hoteliers have come up with different types of accommodations to give guests the freedom to select accommodations that meet their ideal preferences. Variety in accommodation enables hotels to retain existing customers and attract a new customer base. The ability to provide different accommodations to tourists increases a hotel’s revenue, which helps to cement its longevity in the market.

How many types of accommodation are there?

Tourism accommodation plays a crucial role in the success of the global tourism industry. Tourists will always need a place to stay, and hoteliers are happy to provide the accommodation. Hoteliers across different tourism destinations have different types of accommodations that meet customers’ demands in terms of price, style, size, and service. So, what exactly is accommodation?

Tourist accommodation is a facility or building that contains all the amenities for someone to live comfortably. It contains essential items such as beddings and toiletries. Some accommodations have luxuries such as gaming parlours, spas, hot saunas, and smart rooms.

Types of accommodations in the hospitality industry include:

Serviced accommodations

A serviced accommodation is one where the hotel staff caters to the guests’ needs for the duration of their stay. In this type of accommodation, guests expect housekeeping and catering services. Hoteliers with Bed and Breakfasts (B&B), guest houses, homestays, and hostels are more likely to provide guests with serviced accommodations.

Non-serviced accommodations

Non-serviced accommodation is a type of facility that provides tourists with accommodations without additional services. If you have non-serviced accommodations, guests at your facility cater for their housekeeping and catering costs. Examples of non-serviced types of accommodations you can invest in include cottages, caravans, and camping facilities.

What are the different tourism accommodations?

For hoteliers, deciding on the type of tourism accommodations you want to invest in can be challenging. Choosing one or two options means you give up the opportunity costs on all the other types of accommodations.

The different types of accommodations in the hospitality industry include:


Arguably, hotels are the most popular type of accommodation for tourists. As a hotelier, you can run your hotel independently, which gives it a unique setting or join a corporation, making your hotel a part of a global chain. The size, type of amenities, location, and price of your hotel determine its rating, which ranges between 1-5 stars. The higher the rating, the more likely the hotel is to attract tourists. Modern hoteliers are installing smart hotel technology to attract the current customer base with high technology expectations for their accommodation and entertainment requirements.

Guest houses

Your home investment can be a source of income if you convert it into a guest house. Hoteliers willing to share their homes with guests can market the homes as the accommodation of choice for tourists who prefer homey accommodations. You can improve tourists’ experiences at your guest house by including the following features:

  • Catered meals
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Providing a local menu
  • Professional staff
  • Quality interior décor and furniture

Boutique hotels

Boutique hotels are small-scale hotels that provide customers with a unique, authentic, and autonomous service. Because boutique hotels are small, they can provide customers with an intimate experience that larger hotels can’t. Boutique hotels target an eccentric clientele that prefers uniqueness in menu, amenities, location, décor, architecture, and size of their accommodations.

To attract an eccentric crowd, you can convert old buildings with a personality and history into boutique hotels. You can target hip locations in metro areas surrounded by artistic attractions such as art studios and museums.


You can set up hostels to target tourists on a budget. Hostels are considerably cheaper than other types of accommodations because guests share amenities. If you furnish your hostel with bunk beds, you can market the accommodation facility as a great place for tourists to meet new people and make lifelong friends.


Chalets are suitable for a clientele that prefers nature, adventure, and bonding as a group. Chalets are ideal for guests that travel in groups such as sports teams, corporate boding teams, and families. If you are in a tourist destination that attracts outdoor tourists, such as hikers and skiers, a chalet may be an excellent investment. A hotelier can enhance tourists’ experiences at the chalet by including the following features:

  • Private hot pot.
  • Self-catering and catered options.
  • Shared and individual chalet accommodations.
  • Hot swimming pools and saunas.


Some tourists prefer cosy little spaces with a homey personality. You can set up cottages in tourist destinations to attract guests that would love the home from home experience. You can furnish your cottage houses with modern amenities to enhance your guests’ experiences while maintaining the authenticity of a cottage accommodation.


The tourism industry is one of the most successful industries today. Shifting demands among customers have enabled hoteliers to explore different types of accommodations. As an essential part of the tourism industry, hoteliers have risen to the challenge of providing customers with a wide variety of accommodation facilities to choose from.

11 Apr, 2022