When you're on vacation, one place you can stay for a nightly fee is a hotel. Most hotels provide accommodations for sleeping, with minibars, pools, and ice machines to keep you entertained.

While in Australia and New Zealand a hotel can also be a bar or a pub, most English-speakers recognize this word as the equivalent of an inn. Simple hotels give you a bed to sleep in and a bathroom to use, while fancier hotels might have beautiful furnishings, separate sitting rooms, swimming pools, and cafes. In the 1760s, hotel was defined as "an inn of the better sort."

Definitions of hotel

n a building where travelers can pay for lodging and meals and other services

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a run-down hotel
auberge, hostel, hostelry, inn, lodge
a hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers
court, motor hotel, motor inn, motor lodge, tourist court
a hotel for motorists; provides direct access from rooms to parking area
resort hotel, spa
a fashionable hotel usually in a resort area
an ostentatiously elegant hotel
ski lodge
a hotel at a ski resort
holiday resort, resort, resort hotel
a hotel located in a resort area
caravan inn, caravansary, caravanserai, khan
an inn in some eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravans
a hostel for pilgrims in Turkey
a motor hotel
post house, posthouse
an inn for exchanging post horses and accommodating riders
an inn (usually outside city limits on a main road) providing meals and liquor and dancing and (sometimes) gambling
dude ranch
a holiday resort offering ranch activities (riding and camping)
honeymoon resort
a resort that caters to newlyweds
ski resort
a resort with lodging and facilities for skiing
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building, edifice
a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

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