Hotel classifications are driven primarily by rebuilding structure and, secondarily, by service level. Chain management has provided STR with hotel type classifications for a significant number of locations. Hotel types include:

  • All-inclusive: Property with rooms sold only as a complete package, bundling overnight accommodations and value-added amenities and services (i.e., food, beverage, activities and gratuities, etc.) 
  • All-suite: Property with guestroom inventory that exclusively consists of rooms offering more space and furniture than a typical hotel room, including a designated living area or multiple rooms.
  • /Inn: Independently owned and operated properties that typically include breakfast in the room rates, 20 rooms or fewer and a resident/owner innkeeper.
  • Boutique: Property that appeals to guests because of its atypical amenity and room configurations. Boutiques are normally independent (with fewer than 200 rooms), have a high average rate and offer high levels of service. Boutique hotels often provide authentic cultural, historic experiences and interesting guest services.
  • Condo: Property with individually and wholly-owned condominium units. Inventory is included in a rental pool operated and serviced by a management company.
  • Conference center: Property with a major focus on conference facilities. This type of establishment must adhere to the guidelines of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC).
  • Convention center: Property with a minimum of 300 rooms and large meeting facilities (minimum of 20,000 square feet) and not part of the Conference Center Group (CCG).
  • Destination resort: Property that appeals to leisure travelers, typically located in markets, and considered a destination in and of themselves with extensive amenity offerings. These properties are typically larger and full-service.
  • Extended stay: Properties typically focused on attracting guests for extended periods. These properties quote weekly rates. The typical length of average for guests is four to seven nights. STR currently classifies properties in the U.S. only.
  • Full-service hotel: Typically Upscale, Upper Upscale and Luxury properties with a wide variety of onsite amenities, such as restaurants, meeting spaces, exercise rooms or spas.
  • Gaming/casino: Property with a major focus on casino operations.
  • Golf: Property that includes a golf course amenity as part of its operations. A property does not qualify if it only has privileges on a nearby course.
  • Hotel/motel: Standard hotel or motel operation.
  • Limited-service hotel: Property that offers limited facilities and amenities, typically without a full-service restaurant. These hotels are often in the Economy, Midscale or Upper Midscale class.
  • Lifestyle brand: Group of hotels operating under the same brand that is adapted to reflect current trends. See Boutique, Soft Brand.
  • New build: Property built from the ground up, not a conversion or building that was not previously a hotel.
  • Ski: Property with onsite access to slopes.
  • Soft brand: Collection of properties that allows owners and operators to affiliate with a major chain while retaining their unique name, design and orientation. See Boutique, Lifestyle Brand.
  • Spa: Property with an onsite facility and full-time staff offering spa treatments.
  • Timeshare: Property that typically is a condominium unit, in which multiple parties hold property use rights, and each timeshare owner is allotted a period of time when the property may be used.
  • Waterpark: An indoor or outdoor waterpark with a lodging establishment containing an aquatic facility (minimum of 10,000 square feet of waterpark space) and inclusive of amenities (slides, tubes and a variety of water play features).


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