DENS OF HOSPITALITY:The History Of The Hotel

“Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt(HOSPITALITY)…” 

       Summer will surely be here before any of us know it, and once before we all know it, here comes that wonderful season that is filled to the brim of many wide-range opportunities for anyone both young and old to try; With so many options in terms of activities this summer, which one to try first? Well, one of those is the vacation, a certain activity that he or she had been planning on back in December or January…And then, there is that certain anticipation of going on that vacation, be it Walt Disney World, Wildwood, NJ, or Texas(hey, it could happen!).

       But while one plans on going on vacation, there is just one important piece of the plan, and that means this-If you are going on vacation this summer, then you better pick a hotel to stay on, because after all, hotels have been the dens of hospitality for many years, from spring to summer to fall to winter, and it’s so very easy to see why: Hotels are indeed establishments that provide paid lodging on a short-term basis; There are many hotels that have rooms both big and small, some with small suites while others have large ones, complete with bigger, higher-quality beds as well as a fridge, a dresser and other kitchen facilities, not to mention upholstered chairs, en-suite bathrooms and even a flatscreen television!

       But how did the hotel REALLY get started? For that, we go back in time to medieval Europe; It was there that the precursor to the modern hotel was a little thing called the inn; For a period that spans 200 years straight from the mid-17th century, the place that had been served as the lodging for coach travelers was the coaching inn. Later on in the 18th century, the inns would begin to cater to the richer clients.

       In the year 1768, one of the very first hotels in a sense of modern had opened in a town called Exeter; Throughout North America as well as Western Europe in the early 19th century, hotels began to proliferate, and in the latter part of that century, luxury hotels began to pop up; Now, the operations in a certain hotel may vary depending on the size, the function, and the cost, while an upscale full-service hotel facility would offer to the customer luxury amenities, full service accommodations, an on-site restaurant, and even the highest level of personalized service, such as room service. Meanwhile, the full-service hotel would often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large number of full service accomodations. 

       However, there are other more different types of hotels; One in particular is the motel, which happens to be a small-sized low-rise lodging with direct access to individual rooms from the car park, while boutique hotels are typically hotels with a unique environment or intimate setting.

       And would you like to know where the word of hotel itself comes from? It comes from a French word that comes from the same origin as hospital, such as something like, “We put the hospital in…” (OK, OK, we are done with those sick jokes, now let’s continue like grown-ups, shall we?!?)

       As I have mentioned earlier, hotels come in various shapes, sizes and colors, and yet there are other types of hotels as well, such as the aforementioned motel, and the economy hotel-Now that happens to be the kind of hotel that offers a very limited amount of on-site amenities while often only offer basic accommodations with little or no services. The economy hotel facilities as normal only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, including of course the budget-minded traveler who seeks a “no frills” accommodation.

       And so, my friends, that is the story of the hotel; Something to think about as you plan on taking that certain vacation, be it Disney World or Texas(hey, it could happen!).

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