Every hotel brand follows their own unique terminology for rooms categorization. And with so many hotel chains and their multiple brands, it gets even more complicated.
However, the types of rooms in most hotels, especially 5-star hotels, can be categorized among the following.
1. Base Level Rooms.
Often described as: Deluxe Room or Superior Room or Standard Room or Guest Room
They might be called deluxe or superior, but these are essentially base level rooms with standard features. You can expect a king bed, a safe, a bathroom with a rain shower (mostly no bathtub), a tea-coffee maker, a work-desk with chair, and probably a small sofa.
Good enough for most people unless you are planning to stay more than a couple of nights.
2. Little Bigger Rooms.
Often described as: Premium Room or Executive Room
Essentially, the same room as Base Level Rooms, just a little bigger. Some hotels might throw in a few more amenities or a bigger bathroom instead of a bigger room. Not really worth paying extra for in most cases.
Every so often, a room on a higher floor or closer to the elevator or a corner room would be categorized as a premium room, even though the room is the same as a base level room.
3. Rooms with a View
Often described as: Sea View Room or Ocean View Room or Pool View Room or Garden View Room or City View Room or Lake View Room or Mountain View Room… you get the point.
Most hotels charge a premium for the view. The room would be the same as other category rooms, but you will get a better view. Sometimes might be worth paying for.
e.g., I would happily pay for a room with a view of such locations as the Eiffel Tower, Barcelona Beach, or the Taj Mahal.
Rooms that offer desirable views, such as ocean or stadium views, are in high demand. As a result, hotels are often hesitant to easily upgrade even their elite guests to these rooms.
4. Rooms with Lounge or Club Access
Often described as: Club Room or Executive Room or Premier Club Room or Business Class Rooms.
These are the rooms that might be worth extra dollars. By booking one of these rooms, you will have exclusive access to the hotel’s lounge, which offers complimentary breakfast, evening tea and coffee, snacks, cocktails, as well as access to business services such as xerox and printouts. These rooms are typically located on a designated floor called the Club Floor, which also houses the lounge.
5. Junior Suite.
Often described as: Executive Suite
Here’s where the luxury begins. Junior Suites are a bit more spacious, have a living room or area attached to the bedroom that serves as a living room, an extra washroom, bigger sofa, bathroom with a bathtub (mostly) etc.
A separate area to work, take calls or just to watch TV can make a huge difference to your vacation.
6. The Suite.
Often described as: Grand Suite or Royal Suite or Deluxe Suite
Expect a separate living and bedrooms, big bathrooms with several amenities, Walk-in closet and at times, a kitchenette.
Some hotels also offer exclusive menus prepared by top chefs. This is like staying in a big 1-bedroom Apartment inside a hotel.
7. The Presidential Suite.
One night stay in a Presidential suite in any hotel will probably cost you more than a 2-month stay in some other room in the same hotel. But then it’s the ultimate in luxury a hotel has to offer.
Often reserved for top ministers, celebrities or industrialists, a Presidential Suite offers a massive bedroom, a big living room, table with 6 or more chairs, bathtubs, whirlpools, Jacuzzi and sometimes even a gym, library, live kitchen, private pool etc.
(Rare) Themed Rooms
As a concept, Themed rooms have been around for a long time, but are still not that common. Hotels with themed rooms offer rooms with various themes you can pick from. Typically, each floor of a hotel will have a unique theme.
E.g., this hotel in Canada offers Igloo, Space, Princess, and Pirate themed rooms among others. We have heard about prison themed rooms as well, in case that interests anyone.
Long stay and resorts are different
Most of the hotel rooms fit in these categories. However, long stay hotels and luxury resorts will have different types of rooms.
A long stay hotel will additionally have studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments.
Resorts, on the other hand, can have Beach Villas, Water Villas, Riverside etc., depending on the property and the surroundings.
Complimentary room upgrades
Several hotels offer complimentary upgrades (here’s how to get them), either as part of promotions or to frequent guests. In most cases, you need to book directly with the hotel (hotel website or app) to avail upgrades and similar benefits.
Have a look at the current hotel promotions to see promotions with upgrade opportunities.