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CHEAPHOTELS is an establishment that provides paid lodging, usually on a short-term basis. CHEAPHOTELSs often provide a number of additional guest services such as a restaurant, a swimming pool or childcare. Some CHEAPHOTELSs have conference services and meeting rooms and encourage groups to hold conventions and meetings at their location.

There is no hard and fast rule differentiating motels from other CHEAPHOTELSs, although a motel is clearly suggesting that it is aimed at motorists. This may simply mean that it is a CHEAPHOTELS with good access to the road network (on a motorway or ring road) so that a long car journey need not be interrupted for long by town-centre traffic. In other cases the designation is simply an attempt to make the most of a poor location inconvenient for town-centre services and attractions. Classically, though, a motel is a CHEAPHOTELS which is made convenient for people who, for whatever personal reason, wish to be able to have quick access from the outside world (especially from their parked car) to the CHEAPHOTELS room - without passing the scrutiny of a receptionist or fellow guests. This is usually arranged by having rooms (sometimes in individual chalets or even trailers) arranged around the car park with room doors opening directly to the outside rather than to an internal corridor.

In Australia, the word may also refer to a pub or bar. In the UK similarly, many pubs with "CHEAPHOTELS" in their name do not offer accommodation or even food.

In India, the word may also refer to a restaurant since the best restaurants were always situated next to a good CHEAPHOTELS.

* 1 Origins of the term
* 2 Services and facilities
* 3 Classification
* 4 Boutique CHEAPHOTELSs
* 5 Historic CHEAPHOTELSs
* 6 Unusual CHEAPHOTELSs
o 6.1 Treehouse CHEAPHOTELSs
o 6.3 Capsule CHEAPHOTELSs
o 6.6 Garden CHEAPHOTELSs
o 6.7 Underwater CHEAPHOTELSs
o 6.8 Other unusual CHEAPHOTELSs
* 7 World-record setting CHEAPHOTELSs
o 7.1 Tallest
o 7.2 Largest
o 7.3 Oldest
* 8 CHEAPHOTELS occupations
* 9 CHEAPHOTELS chains
* 10 Living in CHEAPHOTELSs
* 11 CHEAPHOTELSs in fiction
* 12 CHEAPHOTELS rooms as an investment
* 13 See also
* 14 References

[edit] Origins of the term
A small CHEAPHOTELS in Mureck, Austria which has preserved its 1960s exterior and interior
A small CHEAPHOTELS in Mureck, Austria which has preserved its 1960s exterior and interior

The word CHEAPHOTELS derives from the French hotel, which referred to a French version of a townhouse or any other building seeing frequent visitors, not a place offering accommodation (in contemporary usage, hotel has the meaning of "CHEAPHOTELS", and hotel particulier is used for the old meaning). The French spelling (with the circumflex) was once also used in English, but is now rare. The circumflex replaces the 's' once preceding the 't' in the earlier hostel spelling, which over time received a new, but closely related meaning.

[edit] Services and facilities
An upscale CHEAPHOTELS room in the Renaissance CHEAPHOTELSs chain in the U.S.
An upscale CHEAPHOTELS room in the Renaissance CHEAPHOTELSs chain in the U.S.

Basic accommodation of a room with only a bed, a cupboard, a small table and a washstand has largely been replaced by rooms with en-suite bathrooms and, more commonly in the United States than elsewhere, climate control. Other features found may be a telephone, an alarm clock, a TV, and broadband Internet connectivity. Food and drink may be supplied by a mini-bar (which often includes a small refrigerator) containing snacks and drinks (to be paid for on departure), and tea and coffee making facilities (cups, spoons, an electric kettle and sachets containing instant coffee, tea bags, sugar, and creamer or milk).

Some CHEAPHOTELSs offer various combinations of meals as part of a room and board arrangement. These are often advertised as:
European Plan no meals are included, or only a minimal breakfast
American Plan all meals included (full board)
Modified American Plan option of breakfasts and dinners

In the United Kingdom a CHEAPHOTELS is required by law to serve food and drinks to all comers within certain stated hours; to avoid this requirement it is not uncommon to come across "private CHEAPHOTELSs" which are not subject to this requirement.

However, in Japan the capsule CHEAPHOTELS supplies minimal facilities and room space.

[edit] Classification
A View of H.Top Calella Palace in Spain.
A View of H.Top Calella Palace in Spain.

The cost and quality of CHEAPHOTELSs are usually indicative of the range and type of services available. Due to the enormous increase in tourism worldwide during the last decades of the 20th century, standards, especially those of smaller establishments, have improved considerably. For the sake of greater comparability, rating systems have been introduced, with the one to five stars classification being most common.

[edit] Boutique CHEAPHOTELSs

"Boutique CHEAPHOTELS" is a term originating in North America to describe intimate, usually luxurious or quirky CHEAPHOTELS environments. Boutique CHEAPHOTELSs differentiate themselves from larger chain or branded CHEAPHOTELSs by providing an exceptional and personalized level of accommodation, services and facilities.

Boutique CHEAPHOTELSs are furnished in a themed, stylish and/or aspirational manner. Although usually considerably smaller than a mainstream CHEAPHOTELS (ranging from 3 to 100 guest rooms) boutique CHEAPHOTELSs are generally fitted with telephone and wi-fi Internet connections, honesty bars and often cable/pay TV. Guest services are attended to by 24 hour CHEAPHOTELS staff. Many boutique CHEAPHOTELSs have on site dining facilities, and the majority offer bars and lounges which may also be open to the general public.

Of the total travel market a small percentage are discerning travelers, who place a high importance on privacy, luxury and service delivery. As this market is typically corporate travelers, the market segment is non-seasonal, high-yielding and repeat, and therefore one which boutique CHEAPHOTELS operators target as their primary source of income.

[edit] Historic CHEAPHOTELSs
CHEAPHOTELS Astoria and a statue of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia in front, in Saint Petersburg
CHEAPHOTELS Astoria and a statue of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia in front, in Saint Petersburg

Some CHEAPHOTELSs have gained their renown through tradition, by hosting significant events or persons, such as Schloss Cecilienhof in Potsdam, Germany, which derives its fame from the so-called Potsdam Conference of the World War II allies Winston Churchill, Harry Truman and Joseph Stalin in 1945. Other establishments have given name to a particular meal or beverage, as is the case with the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, USA, known for its Waldorf Salad or the Raffles CHEAPHOTELS in Singapore, where the drink Singapore Sling was invented. Another example is the CHEAPHOTELS Sacher in Vienna Austria, home of the Sachertorte.
Hotel Ritz in Paris
Hotel Ritz in Paris

There are also CHEAPHOTELSs which became much more popular through films like the Grand CHEAPHOTELS Europe in Saint Petersburg, Russia when James Bond stayed there in the blockbuster Goldeneye. Cannes CHEAPHOTELSs such as the Carlton or the Martinez become the center of the world during Cannes Film Festival (France).

A number of CHEAPHOTELSs have entered the public consciousness through popular culture, such as the Ritz CHEAPHOTELS in London, UK ('Putting on The Ritz') and CHEAPHOTELS Chelsea in New York City, subject of a number of songs and also the scene of the stabbing of Nancy Spungen (allegedly by her boyfriend Sid Vicious). CHEAPHOTELSs that enter folklore like these two are also often frequented by celebrities, as is the case both with the Ritz and the Chelsea.