Accommodation requirements vary drastically depending on your plans. Whether you are organising a business trip or holiday, local or overseas, budget or luxury there is a wide selection of accommodation to choose from.
Below is a list of the some of the different types of accommodation available.
The list is long and varied, from -
- Airport hotels
- Business hotels
- Boutique hotels
- Suite hotels
- Apartment hotels
- Resort hotels
- Chain hotels
- Independent hotels
You can choose from premier 5-star hotels that offer only the highest level of luxury accommodation and services to budget friendly one star hotels. There are hotels in the city, in the suburbs and in the country. One thing you can be sure of, there is definitely a hotel to suite your style and your budget no matter what your destination
Lodges & Guest Houses
The less costly alternative to hotels, lodges and guesthouses are generally private homes which have been converted to guest accommodation.
These establishments are generally used exclusively for that purpose and owners and staff do not reside at the lodge or guest house. Many of the services available at hotels are on offer – internet, telephone, fax, typing, mini bar, laundry service, airport shuttle service, wake-up calls, etc. All meals are catered for.
Bed & Breakfast (B&B)
In most cases a B&B is a private home where the owner resides on the property or in a separate dwelling on the property and where the guest has limited access to the public areas of the house such as the kitchen.
Accommodation includes a full breakfast – generally English or continental – in the daily rates and all other meals are charged as optional extras on request. B&Bs offer the traveller a touch of personal, local hospitality.
Similar to a hotel, a resort offers a wide range of facilities. It differs in that it is a place of relaxation with holiday accommodation, be it single or multiple storey units, spread over a much large area and might well include a caravan and camping area.
Resorts can be classified as all inclusive – offering a wide range of facilities – or they may be specialised e.g.
- Destination resort (e.g. Disneyworld)
- Island resort o Mountain resort
- Ski resort
- Spa resort.
They can be operated on an ad-hoc rental or an annual on time-share basis.
Self catering accommodation can very well be an off-shoot of another accommodation type, for example resorts very often offer self catering units as part of their accommodation package.
All self catering units feature a fully equipped kitchen with a stove, fridge, crockery, cutlery, utensils, etc. which caters for the maximum number of guests per unit.
For the independent individual who enjoys their privacy and their own time schedule, self catering is a good way to go.
Catering to the budget conscious traveller the backpacker hostel generally attracts a younger clientele. These hostels have however become increasingly popular as short term accommodation during annual events e.g. cycle races and marathons.
No meals, communal public areas, dormitory style bedrooms and shared bathrooms are pretty much rule of the day.
Caravaning & Camping
This type of holiday can range from the luxury of a fully equipped caravan or motor-home to roughing it in a basic tent. Whichever you chose you can be pretty much be sure that you’re in for a trip back to nature or as we would say locally an ‘out-of-Africa’ experience.