What Travellers Should Know Before Making Reservations
Although a lot of people use the terms hotel and inn interchangeably, these two types of accommodations offer very different experiences in terms of services, amenities, and so much more. So, before you book a room in a hotel in Laguindingan or in an inn in the middle of the city, here are a few things you might want to know to make sure that your stay is memorable and enjoyable:
What are inns and what are they all about?
Before anything else, we must first identify what inns are. Inns are actually the oldest form of commercial lodging, dating back to the Roman Empire. As the Romans were developing ways to make travelling in the countryside safer and a lot faster by creating roads, inns were conceptualized to give long-distance travelers a safe and comfortable place to stay in for the night. Thus, inns became the first commercial form of lodging.
Nowadays, one can still find a variety of inns in Europe. However, the concept is no longer confined to the region. All around the world, in major cities and small towns, you can find inns that offer affordable lodging and a variety of services. In Cagayan de Oro alone, there are more than a handful of inns scattered all over the city, including its suburbs.
What are inns great for and who chooses to stay in them?
Inns are generally used for short overnight stays. This means travelers who need a place to stay in for a quick stopover typically choose inns over any other form of lodging because they are cheaper and will accept guests even without any reservations. The affordability and accessibility of inns make them popular among backpackers, road trippers, and travelers on a budget.
Here are a few key characteristics of a typical inn:
- Inns are generally located in the suburbs and the outskirts of cities and towns.
- They’re typically within walking distance from the main highway.
- Gas stations, grocery stores, and shopping centers are generally within the vicinity of the inn.
- Dining is commonly provided to guests, as well as a free breakfast.
What makes hotels different from inns?
Hotels are generally located at the heart of major cities and towns, or closer to airports like the hotels that are located near the Laguindingan Airport. Historically, hotels are considered a step up from inns in terms of commercial lodging. They gained significant popularity in the 19th century and eventually evolved to become more diverse, offering a variety of luxurious amenities.
Compared to inns, hotels typically have more rooms to offer guests, and for the most parts, these rooms are more equipped with extra amenities like flat screen TVs with cable, a fridge, a mini-bar, an entertainment system, and even game consoles. Rooms come in various sizes as well, some capable of accommodating a family of four. Other features generally available in hotels include fitness centers, spas, swimming pools, gift/souvenir shops, and concierge and transport services.
Picking a Hotel in Laguindingan or the Downtown Area Over a Standard Inn
Hotels are ideally the perfect choice for urban tourists and business travelers. Just like most inns, hotels often offer free breakfast to guests as well. But unlike inns, hotels generally provide more when it comes to dining. Some of the best hotels typically have restaurants that offer local cuisines and delectable dishes. They also often have vending machines and guests can choose to eat their meals in the comfort of their rooms via room service.
Business travelers are better off staying in a hotel that’s located in the downtown area or somewhere that’s closer to the city’s business district. Urban tourists can choose to stay in downtown hotels or hotels located in the suburbs and the outskirts of the city. Suburban hotels often provide free transport for their guests, between the hotel and anywhere in the city proper.
If you are visiting tourist spots in the provinces though, you might be better off staying in a hotel located near the airport. Since you don’t really need to go to the city and visit its main attractions, you might find it more practical to just stay closer to the airport. You can just hire a van service to take you to tourist attractions outside the city.
Although there are quite a few differences between a hotel and an inn, choosing which one is the best really depends on your own situation and your budget. If you’re looking for a place to stay in just for the night, you’ll find inns more appealing and budget-friendly. But, if you want to enjoy certain amenities, then maybe hotels are more to your liking.