What is a hotel room type?

In order to successfully attract bookings for your hotel, potential guests need to be crystal clear on what they’re booking. Hotel rooms can be categorised any number of ways: by size, layout, number of beds or amenities. It’s largely up to a hotelier to choose how to describe the types of rooms in a hotel, and how you describe your rooms will impact the sort of people who will view them and book them.

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Why should hotels set up different types of hotel rooms?

If you offer just one or two types of hotel room on your property, you limit the types of guest you attract. By offering different types of hotel rooms, a smart hotelier will pique the interest, and potentially win the business, of more potential guests.

More potential guests equals more potential bookings, with a wider array of rooms you have more opportunities to upsell, and a more diverse offering allows you to get creative with pricing strategies. All in all, a variety of different rooms can mean more money in your pocket.

The 5 types of hotel rooms by bed

One of the most common ways to categorise the types of rooms in the hotel industry is by the sleeping arrangement. Here are 5 types of hotel rooms by beds.

Single room

As the name suggests, a single room features a sole, single bed.

Twin room

A twin room generally features two single beds, though these can often be pushed together to accommodate a couple.

Double room

A double room is built for couples. In terms of size, it’s rare to see double beds in hotels – generally these rooms feature a queen-size bed, but more luxurious rooms might feature a king.

Triple room

Built for three, a triple room might feature three single beds or a double and a single.

Quad room

Primarily for families, a quad room will usually feature a double bed and two singles, sometimes in a bunk bed arrangement. There are also quads that feature two double beds, though these are less common.

What are the types of hotel rooms based on layout?

Another way to categorise hotel rooms is by how the room is set up. So what are the types of hotel rooms in terms of layout?

Standard room

A standard hotel room tends to be just one room, with an ensuite, that typically features one bed (usually a double).

Deluxe room

Deluxe rooms are usually a slightly larger, better appointed and better positioned version of a hotel’s standard room. They can come in double, triple or quad room arrangements.

Executive room

Slightly larger again, executive rooms (also known as executive suites) tend to feature a living room or parlour separate to the bedroom.

Connecting rooms

Families, friends, and other travelling parties may request connecting rooms – separate rooms that are joined by a door. The guests can then treat the room as two separate spaces or as one large space.


Sitting somewhere between a hotel room and an apartment, a suite will often feature a living area, a separate bedroom (or bedrooms), and a kitchenette. Suites can come in a number of flavours: junior, presidential, penthouse, bridal, honeymoon and more.

Accessible room

Designed for disabled guests, accessible rooms are usually found on the ground floor, and are fitted with larger bathrooms, lower beds and plenty of handrails. Many countries have laws that state a minimum number of accessible rooms a hotel must offer.

Tips to make the most of your hotel room

Now that you’ve categorised your hotel rooms, how do you make them more alluring? Here are five super simple ways to enhance yours.

Utilise vertical space

Most hotel rooms have limited floor space, so it’s wise to maximise your use of the walls, with wall-mounted shelves, plenty of hooks, and fold-down features like desks and ironing boards.

Suitcase stands

Another way to maximise floor space is to provide suitcase stands that keep luggage off the floor and help guests keep their wardrobe from being sprawled across the carpet.

Create space with mirrors

By cleverly positioning mirrors around your hotel room, you can create an illusion of extra space. A mirrored wardrobe, for example, can make a guest feel like they’ve got twice the amount of hotel room that they paid for!

Minimise decor

Less is more in hotel rooms. There’s a reason why all the big budget hotel chains choose a minimalist look in their rooms – it makes them feel bigger. Choose decor that offers both form and function.

Keep cables tidy

Speaking of minimalism, loose cables can distract from the clean look of your carefully curated hotel room. Keep wires and cables in walls where possible, and hide them in cable covers and ducting where not.

By Dean Elphick

Dean is the Senior Content Marketing Specialist of Little Hotelier, the all-in-one software solution purpose-built to make the lives of small accommodation providers easier. Dean has made writing and creating content his passion for the entirety of his professional life, which includes more than six years at Little Hotelier. Through content, Dean aims to provide education, inspiration, assistance, and, ultimately, value for small accommodation businesses looking to improve the way they run their operations (and live their life).