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A hotel is an establishment that provides paid lodging on a short-term basis. Facilities provided inside a hotel room may range from a modest-quality mattress in a small room to large suites with bigger, higher-quality beds, a dresser, a refrigerator and other kitchen facilities, upholstered chairs, a flat screen television, and en-suite bathrooms. Small, lower-priced hotels may offer only the most basic guest services and facilities. Larger, higher-priced hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre (with computers, printers, and other office equipment), childcare, conference and event facilities, tennis or basketball courts, gymnasium, restaurants, day spa, and social function services. Hotel rooms are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some boutique, high-end hotels have custom decorated rooms. Some hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. In the United Kingdom, a hotel is required by law to serve food and drinks to all guests within certain stated hours. In Japan, capsule hotels provide a tiny room suitable only for sleeping and shared bathroom facilities.

The precursor to the modern hotel was the inn of medieval Europe. For a period of about 200 years from the mid-17th century, coaching inns served as a place for lodging for coach travelers. Inns began to cater to richer clients in the mid-18th century. One of the first hotels in a modern sense was opened in Exeter in 1768. Hotels proliferated throughout Western Europe and North America in the early 19th century, and luxury hotels began to spring up in the later part of the 19th century.

Hotel operations vary in size, function, complexity, and cost. Most hotels and major hospitality companies have set industry standards to classify hotel types. An upscale full-service hotel facility offers luxury amenities, full-service accommodations, an on-site restaurant, and the highest level of personalized service, such as a concierge, room service, and clothes pressing staff. Full-service hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with many full-service accommodations, an on-site full-service restaurant, and a variety of on-site amenities. Boutique hotels are smaller independent, non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities. Small to medium-sized hotel establishments offer a limited amount of on-site amenities. Economy hotels are small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer basic accommodations with little to no services. Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized hotels that offer longer-term full-service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel.

Timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership involving ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage. A motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Boutique hotels are typically hotels with a unique environment or intimate setting. A number of hotels have entered the public consciousness through popular culture, such as the Ritz Hotel in London. Some hotels are built specifically as destinations in themselves, for example casinos and holiday resorts.

Most hotel establishments are run by a General Manager who serves as the head executive (often referred to as the "Hotel Manager"), department heads who oversee various departments within a hotel (e.g., food service), middle managers, administrative staff, and line-level supervisors. The organizational chart and volume of job positions and hierarchy varies by hotel size, function and class, and is often determined by hotel ownership and managing companies.

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Court House Springfield Ohio form [Warder's] Hotel .
DINNER MENU [held by] LAKE HOUSE [at] "CHICAGO, IL." (HOTEL)
DAILY MENU [held by] TROY HOUSE [at] "[TROY, NY]" (HOTEL)
DAILY MENU [held by] CITY HOTEL [at] "HARTFORD, CT" ([HOTEL?])
DAILY MENU [held by] BATTLE HOUSE [at] "MOBILE,AL." (HOTEL)
BREAKFAST [held by] NEW YORK HOTEL [at] "NEW YORK, NY" (HOTEL)
MUNICIPAL DINNER TO CYRUS W. FIELD,ESQ. [held by] METROPOLITAN HOTEL [at] "[NEW YORK, NY]" (HOTEL)
DAILY MENU [held by] REVERE HOUSE [at] "BOSTON, MA" ([HOTEL?])
DAILY MENU [held by] IRVING HOUSE [at] "NEW YORK, NY" ([HOTEL?])
DAILY MENU [held by] COZZENS' WEST POINT HOTEL [at]  (HOTEL RESTAURANT)
DAILY MENU [held by] AMERICAN HOUSE [at] "BOSTON, MA" (HOTEL)
DINNER [held by] ASTOR HOUSE [at] "[NEW YORK, NY]" (HOTEL)
DAILY MENU [held by] PARKER HOUSE [at] "BOSTON, MA" (HOTEL)
BREAKFAST MENU [held by] METROPOLITAN HOTEL [at] "[NEW YORK, NY]" (HOTEL)
TABLE D'HOTE [held by] AMERICAN HOTEL [at] "[BUFFALO, NY" (HOTEL)
DAILY MENU [held by] DELAVAN HOUSE [at] [ALBANY] (HOTEL)
BREAKFAST & DINNER MENU [held by] TREMONT HOUSE [at]  WASHINGTON, D.C. (HOTEL)
Ischl. Hotel Elisabeth & Esplanade
DAILY DINNER MENU [held by] PARKER HOUSE [at] "BOSTON, MA" (HOTEL)
DAILY MENU [held by] REVERE HOUSE [at] "BOSTON, MA" (HOTEL)
130TH ANNIVERSARY, WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY [held by] ST. NICHOLAS HOTEL [at] "ST. NICHOLAS HOTEL, [?NEW YORK, NY?}" (ST. NICHOLAS HOTEL)
DINNER MENU [held by] QUEEN'S HOTEL [at] "MANCHESTER, ENG." (HOTEL)
DAILY DINNER MENU [held by] PROFILE HOUSE [at] "FRANCONIA MTS,NEW HAMPSHIRE" (HOTEL)
DAILY DINNER MENU [held by] ST. NICHOLAS HOTEL [at]  (HOTEL)
DAILY MENU [held by] THE QUEEN'S HOTEL [at] "MANCHESTER,ENGLAND" (HOTEL)
DINNER MENU [held by] WILLARDS HOTEL [at] "WASHINGTON, D.C." (HOTEL)
DAILY DINNER MENU [held by] REVERE HOUSE [at] "BOSTON, MA" (HOTEL)
80TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER [held by] FRIENDLY SONS OF ST. PATRICK [at] "DELMONICO'S, NEW YORK, NY" (HOTEL)
DAILY DINNER MENU [held by] STETSON HOUSE [at] "LONG BRANCH, NJ" (HOTEL)
DAILY MENU [held by] OCEAN HOUSE [at]  (HOTEL)
Casa del Emperador Iturbide, hoy hotel de las diligencias generales = Maison de l'Empereur Iturbide, aujourd'hui hôtel des diligences générales = Emperor Iturbide's house, now general stages hotel.
View of Grand Hotel, Yokohama
FIFTH ANNUAL BANQUET [held by] ASSOCIATED PIONEERS OF THE TERRITORIAL DAYS OF CA. [at] "STURTEVANT HOUSE, NEW YORK, NY." (HOTEL)
BREAKFAST [held by] KIARSARGE HOUSE [at] NORTH CONWAY, N.H.  (HOTEL;)
Lobby
The Hotel monthly vol. 5, p. 27
Frank E. Downs. Trip to Nome, Alaska, May to Sept. 1900: Front Street; Boat hotel in Snake River. Taken at Nome, midnight June 21, 1900; Ships before Nome. There is no harbor, all supplies coming ashore on lighters. 1 to 1½  miles out; Beach and sea.
Frank E. Downs. Trip to Nome, Alaska, May to Sept. 1900: Looking down Snake River from Nome. Boat hotel; Looking up Snake River; Looking across Snake River to "Spit". Nome this side; Looking east down Snake River, "Spit" on the right.
The Hotel monthly vol. 8, p. 14
Columns of Hotel Belmont, passing through subway at 42d Street and Park Avenue.
Dinner held by National Parlor No. 118 at Fairmont Hotel (Hotel) -- San Francisco, California (CA)
West 23rd St. - United Cigar Co. - Albemarle Hotel - Hoffman House - No. 202 Berlitz, School of Languages
The Hotel monthly vol. 26, p. 50
House, interior]; [House, exterior]; Lands End & hotel, HCW 50
Hotel Booker T. Washington "Over There"; Colored soldiers leaving an American port for "Over There".
Murray Hill Hotel, 112 Park Avenue, Manhattan.
Murray Hill Hotel, Manhattan.
Murray Hill Hotel, Manhattan.
Murray Hill Hotel, from Park Avenue and 40th Street, Manhattan.
Assouan, hôtel.
Planters Hotel [location unidentified].
Hotel Dieu [New Orleans, La.]
DINNER [held by] NEW HAMPSHIRE CLUB [at] "YOUNG'S HOTEL, BOSTON, MA" (HOTEL)
DINNER [held by] FALMOUTH HOTEL [at] "PORTLAND,ME" (HOTEL)
LUNCH; DINNER [held by] THE CONTINENTAL [at] "PHILADELPHIA, PA" (HOTEL)
DINNER [held by] THE WENTWORTH [at] "NEWCASTLE, NH" (HOTEL;)
BREAKFAST [held by] OAKLAND BEACH HOTEL [at] "WARWICK, RI" (HOTEL;)
DAILY MENU,SUPPER [held by] UNITED STATES HOTEL [at] "SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY" (HOTEL)
DINNER [held by] MANSION HOUSE [at] "WILLIAMSTWON, MA" (HOTEL;)
DINNER [held by] STANWIX HALL [at] "ALBANY, NY" (HOTEL;)
Hafuya Hotel (Ozashiki) or Parlor
DINNER [held by] THE WENTWORTH [at] "NEWCASTLE, RI" (HOTEL;)
DINNER [held by] THOUSAND ISLAND HOUSE [at] "ALEXANDRA BAY, NY" (HOTEL;)
COMPLIMENTARY BANQUET [held by] UNITED STATES HOTEL [at] "PORTLAND,ME" (COMM)
DINNER [held by] HOTEL KAATERSKILL [at] CATSKILL MOUNTAINS NY (HOTEL)
BREAKFAST MENU [held by] FIFTH AVENUE HOTEL [at] "[?NEW YORK, NY?]" (HOT;)
DINNER [held by] LAKE VIEW HOUSE [at] AUSABLE CHASM NY (HOTEL)
DINNER [held by] PROFILE HOUSE [at] FRANCONIA NOTCH NH (HOTEL)
BREAKFAST [held by] OCEAN HOUSE [at] "NEWPORT, RI" (HOTEL)
DINNER MENU [held by] GRAND UNION HOTEL [at] "SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY." (HOT;)
THANKSGIVING DAY MENU & PROGRAM [held by] HOTEL DE DIJON [at] [?FRANCE?] (HOT;)
NATL. [BALL?] [held by] THE COMMISSIONERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR OF STATE OF NEW YORK TO MEET THE GUESTS OF THE NATION [at] "METROPOLITAN CASINO, NEW YORK, NY" ([HOTEL?])
DINNER MENU [held by] MANHANSET HOUSE; UNITED STATES HOTEL [at] "SHELTER ISLAND; HARTFORD, CT." (HOT;)
DINNER [held by] OAKLAND BEACH HOTEL [at]  (HOTEL)
DINNER MENU [held by] CLINTON HOTEL [at] "KOKOMO, IN." (HOT;)
DINNER [held by] THE BRUNSWICK [at] "BOSTON, MA" (HOTEL)
DINNER MENU [held by] UNITED STATES HOTEL [at] "SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY" (HOT;)
DINNER [held by] GLEN HOUSE [at] NEW HAMPSHIRE (HOTEL)
BREAKFAST [held by] PURCELL HOUSE [at] "WILMINGTON, NC" (HOTEL)
SUPPER [held by] THE ARLINGTON [at]  (HOTEL)
DINNER MENU [held by] THE BRIDGE HOUSE HOTEL [at] "LONDON, ENGLAND" (HOT;)
BREAKFAST [held by] SANFORD HOUSE [at] SANFORD FL (HOTEL)
DINNER [held by] FIFTH AVENUE HOTEL [at] "MADISON SQUARE NEW YORK, NY NY" (HOTEL)
MENU [held by] HUBEL'S RESTAURANT & HOTEL [at] "BROOKLYN, NY" (HOT;)
DINNER [held by] HUBEL'S RESTAURANT AND HOTEL [at] 301-309 WASHINGTON STREET BROOKLYN NY (HOTEL)
DINNER [held by] COLONNADE HOTEL [at] "PHILADELPHIA, PA" (HOTEL)
100TH ANNIVERSARY OF BIRTH OF DANIEL WEBSTER [held by] MARSHFIELD CLUB [at] "PARKER HOUSE, BOSTON,MA" (HOTEL)
DINNER [held by] EXCHANGE HOTEL AND BALLARD HOUSE [at] "RICHMOND, VA" (HOTEL)
DAILY DINNER MENU [held by] EL PASAJE [at] "[HAVANA,CUBA]" (REST; IN HOTEL)
DINNER [held by] CYRUS HALL MCCORMICK [at] "FIFTH AVENUE HOTEL, NEW YORK, NY" (RESTAURANT)
SECHSTEN ZUSAMMENKUNST [held by] PROVINZIAL-QUARTETTS [at] "MAGDEBURG, [GERMANY?]" (HOTEL;)
DINNER [held by] CRAWFORD HOUSE [at] "WHITE MOUNTAINS, NH" (HOTEL)
DINNER [held by] GRAND HOTEL ST. JAMES [at] "PARIS, FRANCE" (HOTEL)
DINNER [held by] THE ARLINGTON [at]  (HOTEL)
DINNER [held by] SHERIFF'S COURT [at] "NEW YORK, NY, HOTEL BRUNSWICK" (RESTAURANT)
DINNER [held by] PUTNAM HOUSE [at] "PAKATKA, FL" (HOTEL)
DINNER [held by] WINDSOR HOTEL [at] "JACKSONVILLE, FL" (HOTEL)
DINNER [held by] ALBERMARLE HOTEL [at] "NEW YORK, NY, MADISON SQUARE;" (HOTEL)
CERCLE FRANCAIS DE L'HARMONIE [held by] PIPER HEIDSIECK [at] ACADEMY OF MUSIC- HOTEL BRUNSWICK  [NEW YORK] (HOTEL)
DINNER [held by] [SPIDESEDDEL ?] [at] "BERGEN, NORWAY" (HOTEL)
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