Traveling and hotels are closely linked, as most long-distance travelers need somewhere to stay overnight. The type of hotel a person chooses depends on the length of their trip, their budget and what experience they want to have.
There are many different types of hotels, which can be categorised by their facilities and size. Smaller hotels may have only a few rooms, while larger ones can have hundreds. Some hotels are part of a chain, while others are independent. Some hotels have a boutique feel, and may be themed around a particular aspect such as art or food.
Hostels are another form of shared accommodation. These tend to be more social, with dorm rooms that can accommodate multiple guests. They may be mixed or same-sex and have shared kitchens, bathrooms and living spaces. Some hostels also offer activities such as tours or pub crawls.
Hotels can be sorted by price, rating (quality) and other criteria. Novice travelers can use sorting features on booking sites to find hotels that meet their needs, and they can also read reviews to make an informed decision. Some websites allow users to view hotels on a map, and this can help when deciding where they want to be located in relation to local attractions.
If possible, it is recommended to book directly with a hotel rather than using a booking engine. This will often mean that the hotel offers a better deal, and can be cheaper in some cases. In poorer countries, it is also preferable to book with a locally-owned hotel as this will ensure that the money you pay stays in the country and circulates within the local economy.