Suite (hotel)

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Living room in a hotel suite at the Doubletree Hotel in Columbus, Ohio.

A suite in a hotel or other public accommodation such as a cruise ship denotes, according to most dictionary definitions, connected rooms under one room number. Hotels may refer to suites as a class of accommodations with more space than a typical hotel room, but technically speaking there must be more than one room to constitute a true suite.

In luxury or upscale accommodations, such as Ritz Carlton, InterContinental, Marriott, Embassy Suites, or Homewood Suites by Hilton key features may include multiple rooms. Many independent properties have one or more honeymoon suites. The most luxurious accommodation in a hotel is often called the presidential suite or royal suite.

Upper-midscale accommodations, such as Comfort Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, and Candlewood Suites, may denote suites as one room with more space and furniture than a standard hotel room, and so technically these would not be considered suites of rooms per se. In addition to one or more beds and bedroom fixtures, such "suites" include a living or sitting area, often equipped with a sofa bed. Dining, office and kitchen facilities are also added in many of these "suites." Some chains, such as Staybridge Suites, offer only suites, which often cater to business travelers who appreciate additional space and may use it to host small meetings or entertain clients. However, any hotel or hotel chain run a risk when calling such a luxury room a Suite. Such a deception in advertising can be easily challenged by trading standard and advertising standard authorities: The use of the word Suite implicitly suggests a customer is getting a Suite of rooms despite describing the room in smaller print in the advertising material.

Bridal and honeymoon suites[edit]

As a form of niche marketing, hôteliers occasionally offer premium rooms with specialised amenities aimed at couples or newlyweds.

While Niagara Falls had branded itself "the honeymoon capital of the world" as early as the railway era of the late 1800s, its first tentative promotion of campground "honeymoon huts" dates to the 1920s.[1] The "honeymoon suite" pattern of multiple destinations offering bridal suites with heart-shaped tubs is a more modern one, which grew in the post-World War II era of aeroplanes and motorcar travel.[2]

The presence of special "honeymoon suites" or "romance suites" marketed to couples, newlyweds or "second honeymooners" is widespread, appearing not only in hotel/motel or resort accommodation, but also aboard cruise ships.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Karen Dubinsky (1999). The Second Greatest Disappointment: Honeymooning and Tourism at Niagara Falls. Between The Lines. pp. 183–. ISBN 978-1-896357-23-2.
  2. ^ Patrick McGreevy (1 June 2009). Imagining Niagara: The Meaning and Making of Niagara Falls. Univ of Massachusetts Press. pp. 39–. ISBN 1-55849-771-4.
  3. ^ Kay Showker (25 March 2010). The Unofficial Guide to Cruises. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 326–. ISBN 978-0-470-63721-0.