Glossary of Accommodation Terms

As you can see from the following list IndeXinn has listings of many types of accommodations. Just click on the headings to see the full descriptions.

Bed & Breakfast

A Bed and Breakfast, which can also be referred to simply as a B&B or BB, used to be considered almost exclusively as a type of boarding house typically operating out of a single family residence,…

Boats

Choose the Boats category when you're looking for any accommodation that floats and allows you to move about waterways, canals, etc.

In this category you'll find houseboats, narrowboats, yachts,…

Boutique Hotels

Boutique Hotels -  is a term originating in North America to describe intimate, usually luxurious or quirky hotel environments. Boutique hotels differentiate themselves from larger chain/branded…

Castle

There are many different types of castles with available accommodations. In the traditional sense, a castle is a defensive structure seen as one of the main symbols of the Middle Ages. The term has a…

Farm

When an accommodation is referred to as a farm, it is actually agritourism. Agritourism is a style of vacation which is normally on farms or working ranches. This may include the chance to help with…

Fishing Camp

Fishing Camp - generally accommodations designated as fishing camps are often the remote, fly-in fishing camps that offer a complete wilderness experience. Not all fishing camps listed are that…

Hotel

A hotel is an establishment that provides paid lodging, usually on a short-term basis. Hotels often provide a number of additional guest services such as a restaurant, a swimming pool or childcare.…

Inn

Inns are establishments where travelers can procure food, drink, and lodging. Found in Europe, they first sprang up when the Romans built their famous system of highways two millennia ago. Some inns…

Lighthouse

Many lighthouses now offer  a unique accommodation experience. They can also be bed and breakfast or self-catering establishments. We have listed many of these lighthouses throughout the world.

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Lodge

Lodge often refers to an establishment that has several rooms and a rather rustic feel. There are hunting lodges, fishing lodges, ski lodges to name a few. A lodge usually has a central meeting area…

Motel

Entering the dictionaries after World War II, the word motel (portmanteau of "motor" and "hotel" or "motorists' hotel") referred initially to a single building of connected rooms whose doors face a…

Nudist or Adult

A naturist resort or nude resort is a resort where the users generally wear no clothing. If clothing is optional then, to emphasize that, the terms clothing-optional may be used.

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Pub

A public house, usually known as a pub, is an establishment which serves alcoholic drinks — especially beer — for consumption on the premises, usually in a comfortable setting. Pubs are commonly…

Ranch

The guest ranch, also known as a dude ranch, is a type of ranch oriented towards visitors or tourism.

Guest ranches arose in response to the romanticization of the American West that began to occur…

Resort

A resort is a place used for relaxation or recreation, attracting visitors for holidays or vacations. A resort is not merely a commercial establishment operated by a single company, although in the…

RVs (Recreational Vehicles)

Choose this category if you are looking for a recreational vehicle or caravan (term most often used in Europe).

In North American English the term recreational vehicle, and its acronym RV, are…

Self Catering

Choose this category if you are looking for an apartment, cabin, cottage, chalet, condo, house or villa for your vacation.

An apartment or condo is a self-contained housing unit that occupies only…

Spa

A destination spa is a short term residential/lodging facility with the primary purpose of guiding individual spa-goers to develop healthy habits. Historically over a seven-day stay, such facilities…

Uncommon

By uncommon accommodations we mean something that is out of the ordinary. An experience you will remember for a life time. Something different that you will talk about for the rest of your life.

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