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Room Types / Bed Types / Views

When you’re looking for a hotel in Ottawa, it’s important to decide which room type or bed size to best suit your needs. This can be a little confusing so here’s a breakdown of the different types of accommodation and what exactly it is they mean! Don’t forget that there are also specific room designations including smoking/non-smoking, handicapped etc. and you will have to ask your hotel what they have on offer.

roomtype1The accommodation’s bed categories are (from smaller to larger):

  • Single/Twin- Usually quite a narrow bed, suitable for one person. Measures at about 32”-36" wide and 72" long.
  • Double- A reasonable sized bed for two, measuring at about 54" wide by 72" long.Queen- This bed is a more comfortable sized bed for two, measuring at about 60" wide and 72" long.
  • King- This is a large bed for two which usually measures around 72" by 72".
  • California King- The best of the best! This bed is actually longer than it is wide and it measures at a whopping 72" wide by 78" long!

The accommodation sizes are as follows (from smaller to larger):

  • Standard- This is considered a basic type of accommodation in terms of furnishings, amenities and room location. It’s important to remember that not all hotels have the exact same type of standard accommodation. For example, the standard accommodation at a cheaper hotel might not be too noticeably different, whereas a standard room at a more expensive hotel may have quite an obvious obstructed view.
  • Moderate- This is slightly better than standard accommodation and apart from the room size and maybe a better view, there usually isn’t an immense amount of difference.
  • Superior- This category is one of the most difficult to determine as it can fluctuate quite a bit from hotel to hotel in Ottawa. The accommodation itself is expected to be of a higher quality in terms of size and furnishings but sometimes it may only refer to the enhanced view.
  • Deluxe- This type of accommodation is supposed to excel in all things including the view, the location, the overall size and the furnishings. Take note when booking your accommodation at this size as some hotels in Ottawa actually place deluxe below superior, so it’s important to ask before you book.
  • Run of House- This category can be deceiving as it doesn’t actually refer to the best accommodation available when you check in. It usually means (depending on your Ottawa hotel) that you will be getting standard accommodation or slightly better. You should always enquire further about this category.
  • Junior Suite- This accommodation typically offers a separate seating area and a larger room overall. Although, it isn’t actually two separate rooms and may only have a divider between the two areas.
  • Suite- This type of accommodation should have two (or more) defined areas including a seating area and a bedroom. Some Ottawa hotels may interpret the term “suite” by the fact that there’s a sofa, so be sure to double check with your Ottawa hotel if you’re specifically wanting two defined areas.
  • Studio- This accommodation usually has the added benefit of things such as a kitchenette or some form of cooking area. Your Ottawa hotel may recommend this type of accommodation if you’re planning on staying for a longer period of time.

If you’re planning on travelling elsewhere, your hotel may offer different views, so to make it a little clearer, here’s a general breakdown:

  • Beachfront- This should mean that when you walk out of your accommodation you walk directly onto the sand itself. If that’s a specific luxury you’re after, you should enquire at the hotel as some may say “beachfront”, even though you have to walk through the hotel to get to it.
  • City View- This accommodation’s view is usually at a higher floor in order to enable the room to have a better view of the city. Sometimes, it just refers to a view other than the ocean view (which may be much more desirable).
  • Garden View- This usually means the accommodation will be on a lower floor and will have a view of the landscaping around you.
  • Island View- This could mean (if your hotel is somewhere near the ocean) that you have the opposite view to the ocean. It may not be as appealing as it sounds!
  • Mountain View- If you’re on a skiing holiday or somewhere where the mountains are a main attraction, this could be a beautiful choice of accommodation view.
  • Partial Ocean View- This means that your specific room will not have a perfect view of the ocean and you may catch only a glimpse of it from your balcony. If you’re not too fussed about the view, this could be a good choice. Alternatively, if this is the most you can get for your dollar, don’t fret, it should still be a nice, relaxing choice.
  • Ocean View- This does not mean your accommodation will be facing the water front on, it may be partial or you may be able to see the ocean in the distance from your hotel.
  • Ocean Front- This is the room you want if it’s a full-on ocean view you’re after. It could be on a higher floor with an extensive view of the ocean or the entire window could be facing the ocean and the ocean only!
  • Pool View- You will have either a view of the pool or you may get your accommodation with a patio directly at the pool side.
  • Water View- Depending on where your hotel is, this view could refer to a lake, fountain or any other type of water feature around your accommodation.

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