Traveling and hotels are closely linked, with most hotels providing a range of facilities that distinguish them from other types of lodging. Many travellers choose to stay at hotel chains because of the familiarity and comfort they provide, and these may also offer discounts or extras for loyalty program members.
Hotels can be booked directly with the hotel, or through a third party such as a booking consolidator or travel agency. Many airlines, train and ferry operators also act as intermediaries offering their passengers and clients the option to book hotel accommodation in addition to their normal services.
A hotel’s rating and the prices it charges are influenced by the types of travellers it aims to attract. For example, a luxury brand will usually be more expensive than a budget chain, but the former will often be better equipped to meet the needs of VIP or business travelers.
Seasonality is another factor that influences hotel rates. Most destinations have a high season where staying there is deemed more desirable, and thus hotels are likely to be busier and charge higher rates during this period.
Other factors influencing prices include room size and amenities (such as swimming pools or fitness centres) that may be considered important by some travellers, while others may not care about these features at all. In addition, prices can be influenced by the proximity of the hotel to certain attractions or businesses. For instance, a hotel located within a city or close to airports is likely to be more expensive than one situated in the countryside.