What’s in a name?

When you look around the HRS website at the various types of hotels on offer, you see names like Spa Hotel, Resort Hotel, 3 star, 4 star, Luxury, Golf and so on. What does it all really mean though?

Finding your way

The easiest way to really begin to understand it all is to learn some terminology and you’re much better equipped to make an informed decision on where to stay for your next trip abroad.

  • Design – Design hotels are usually designed by a world famous architect or interior designer. They usually include interesting and sometimes rather eccentric interiors that really appeal to people on the hunt for something new and different.
  • Golf– Golf hotels are exactly what you imagine, a hotel right next to a golf course.  The main reason most people stay in these hotels is for their convenient location next to a world class golf course.

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  • Luxury – Luxury hotels focus on providing the very best services in an environment that is at least 5 star. The “luxury” part encompasses everything from prime location, architectural design, and staff that seem to know what you want before you do.

  • Resort – Resort hotels are usually located in popular destinations like Mediterranean islands or ski slopes in the mountains. Resorts usually provide everything you need under one roof – with a broad range of facilities, from swimming pools to multiple restaurants.
  • Chateau– Chateau hotels are usually located in grand castles and manor houses.  These kinds of hotels are very common across Europe, and they give you a chance to enjoy a bit of luxury in a fabulous historical setting.
  • Beach hotels are just that – a hotel right on the beach.  The quality can range from basic right up to luxury, so make sure you read the HRS description so you know exactly what you are booking.
  • Spa– Spa hotels provide extensive facilities focused on your health and well being.  These hotels have fully equipped day spas with massage, sauna, and swimming pools. You can partake in an incredible range of spa treatments from mud baths to Ayurveda.
  • 5 star, 4 star, 3 star – The star rating on a hotel is a general indication of the level of service provided and quality of the facilities. 2 star provides the basics, 3 star is a bit better and you will get extras such as internet access, 4 star gives you a better quality room and more amenities, and 5 star is the luxury hotel level.

This covers just the basics of what’s available on HRS. Now it’s your turn to discover what interesting hotel is waiting for you.

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