Pros and cons of Lodging

Whether you are traveling for business or leisure, you need a place to rest for the night, or even day if you are exhausted. There are many lodging options, from those that provide food to those that don’t.

The option you choose comes with its advantages and disadvantages. Let’s explore some:

  • There are many options to choose from depending on your preferences. You can opt for a lodging facility that lets you enjoy maximum privacy or one that doesn’t. You can go for one that provides food and one that doesn’t.
  • If you opt for a hotel, then you get to enjoy a world of amenities. This depends on how many stars they rate your chosen hotel. You may not enjoy the same amenities provided in a 5-star hotel in a 3 star one, for example. Amenities you can look forward to include bars, restaurants, a gym, free wi-fi, lifts, parks, and a swimming pool.
  • You get to stay near the city center. Most hotels are conveniently located near the city center to ease movement.
  • You get to enjoy in-house pampering from maid service, room service, to a world of other services depending on the hotel you chose. You may enjoy concierge service for example, which is very useful if you are new to the area and need help with things to do, places to visit, and gifts to give.
  • Different lifestyles are catered to. If you are on a budget and don’t mind minimal accommodation, then you can go for a hostel. Such lodging facilities are perfect if you wish to meet other travelers. Besides saving on accommodation, you get to save on food as well because most have kitchens where you can do your cooking.
  • If you are lodging in an Airbnb then you will enjoy a home away from home comfort. This of course depends on the lodging you get. Do your research and be careful, remember, all the glitters is not gold!

Cons:

  • Unless you are going for a 2 or 1-star hotel, you may need to spend much to enjoy the different amenities. If you are comfortable with basic accommodation and living on a budget, then the 1 or 2-star hotel will do just fine. Otherwise, if you need space then you have to go for a costly suite.
  • Most hotel rooms are limited in space unless you request a suite.
  • If you go to a hotel with numerous rooms, then you may not enjoy as much privacy as you may need.
  • If you are looking to experience different cultures then perhaps chain hotels are not ideal. This is because what you find in one place or part of the country will be the same in others.
  • Lowly rated lodging facilities tend to be poorly maintained. Don’t be surprised if you find a previously white pillow bordering on cream with suspect brown markings!
  • Set times for checking in and out can be a pain if you are looking for maximum rest and enjoyment!
  • Airbnbs may be relatively cheaper than hotels, mostly, and comfortable for short stays but they carry their risks. You may end up in a less than pleasant Airbnb, have weird neighbors, or worse, a weird host!
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Why you should stay in lodges instead of hotels

Why you should stay at a lodge instead of a hotel

Talk of a lodge and some travelers may stare at you agape. This is because a lodge is often confused for a hotel and vice versa. So what is a lodge? In simple terms, much as both offer accommodation, a traditional lodge doesn’t provide food. It also doesn’t cater to long-term stays.

No matter where you travel, it is easier to find a hotel than a lodge. That being said, however, there are numerous perks to staying at a lodge as opposed to a hotel.

Let’s explore why you should consider staying in a lodge as opposed to a hotel:

Embrace Nature

Most lodges are set amongst nature, whether it is by the beach, on the top of a mountain, in the Rainforest, or the woods, you get to enjoy nature as you rejuvenate.

Enjoy unique rooms

Different lodges come with different rooms, from the rustic finishes to the “ancient” style wooden beds. The rooms you book will most likely have more character than the traditional hotel room and will make for an interesting stay!

Forget the fast-paced life

Owing to their location, most lodges provide peaceful vibes to their visitors. You get to forget about the fast-paced life you are used to, if only for a moment! You will most likely enjoy a quiet nap, with only the occasional chirping of the birds and whistle of the trees to be heard!

Most lodges are designed in such a way that dwellings are separated to ensure maximum peaceful enjoyment.

Embrace a world of activities

Whether you are into hiking, swimming, or bird-watching, staying at a lodge allows you to enjoy different activities. Much as you may enjoy similar activities at some hotels, there is something unique about stepping out of your room at the lodge and tackling what the world has to offer!

Enjoy your privacy

Granted, inside the hotel rooms, you get to enjoy your privacy, but, some lodges are designed to be separated from other dwellings. This ensures plenty of privacy and space for you.

You don’t spend an arm and a leg

Most lodge prices are fair compared to hotel prices. If you are on a budget or are looking for interesting accommodation that won’t cost you an arm and a leg then you could check out some lodges on your next trip.

You get to cook your own meals

Most lodges provide only accommodation and no food. However, you may chance on some that do provide a kitchen where you can do your own cooking and save up on the cost of eating out! You may also enjoy campsite meals at some lodges.

You get to explore outside your comfort zone

There are different lodges to choose from, some have basic amenities, some have luxury amenities while some are so rustic to the extent that you get to use an outside bathroom as there is no indoor plumbing to look forward to! Some even provide no electricity! If you go for the basic, rustic lodge then you will get to live outside your comfort zone and add to your experiences!

Conclusion

Whatever lodge you choose to enjoy on your next trip, there will be plenty to talk about, especially if you are used to staying at hotels. The simple, yet exciting atmosphere in most lodges will help you appreciate them!…

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The History of Lodging

History of Lodging

Since time immemorial human beings have traveled-whether in search of food, to explore new places, or to trade items. As such, the history of lodging is an interesting one, from the Lascaux caves in France to the thermal baths in ancient Greece. No matter the reason for traveling, travelers sought places to rest and rejuvenate.

In about 4000 BC, the Sumerians, an enterprising group that settled in Mesopotamia, near the Persian Gulf, saw the need to provide lodging facilities to people who came to trade what they offered, from the grain to the beer and craftwork. They built taverns to cater to the tired travellers looking for a drink of beer and a chance to interact with the locals. Besides the taverns,  they also established junction points for long-distance travelers to stop and rest. In Persia, the lodging facilities were called khans, in Rome, they were called tavernas, and in China, they were called relay houses.

Resting facilities were bare and only provided for shelter.

In AD 705, the first and oldest hotel in the world was opened in Yamanashi, Japan. This hotel is known as Nisiyama Onsen Keiunkan. The second oldest hotel in the world, which was originally said to be the oldest, is known as Hoshi Ryon. It was founded in 718 and still has the Hoshi family operating it, 46 generations later!

Between the 1600s and the 1700s, inns made an appearance, especially in England and most parts of Europe. They were particularly popular amongst the pilgrims thanks to the rise of Christianity.

Besides Christianity, the Industrial Revolution also played an important role in the rise in inns around Europe. Coach inns also made an appearance around the 1750s, with the middle-class travelers wishing to explore major cities and stop whenever they desired.

The 1800s brought in the railway lines and with their entrance came relatively “modern” lodging facilities, dubbed as hotels. Hotels by railway stations cropped up. In 1829, Tremont House opened its doors in Boston and shaped the face of the “hotel” as we know it today. In its folds, travelers enjoyed indoor plumbing, complete with toilets and baths!

With the entrance of the automobile industry, more and more roadside hotels also cropped up. Motels emerged to cater to the travelers and were a hit in the 1920s. They were small cabins where travelers could stop and rest.

Although hotels appeared around the 18th century, with the Industrial Revolution, population explosion, and urbanization, at the turn of the 20th century, the lodging industry as we know it today began taking shape. Giant hotel chains such as the Ritz and the Hiltons stepped in to get a piece of the hospitality pie.

Today, there are numerous lodging options to choose from. There are the guesthouses, the hostels, the motels, hotels, lodge and even private homes, all with a common goal of providing travelers with accommodation and sometimes food on their journeys.

If you are considering accommodation and meals then a hotel is a safe bet but if you only need short-term accommodation with no food provided then a lodge is ideal.

The earliest travelers were the traders, the government officials, and the rich. Today, with affordable travel and accommodation facilities, many people are traveling the world and so the lodging industry is there to cater to different walks of life!

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