Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Laura Cooper
The beach. The pool. The ever-flowing drinks. There’s plenty of reasons to look forward to your all-inclusive vacation. For some, that’s the room, and the view. Understand these different types of guest rooms before booking your next vacation to make sure that you aren’t disappointed.
While oceanfront and oceanview rooms sound similar, there is a significant difference in both the view and the price of these room categories. If waking up to a picture perfect view, or Instagram-able balcony scene is important, consider understanding what each room category means and promises in terms of view.
Oceanfront room: An oceanfront room is just as it sounds: your room will face the ocean and offer some of the resort’s best views. These rooms are often more expensive, as they can be coveted rooms and snatched up first.
Oceanview room: An oceanview room means you’ll be able to see the ocean from your room – but it might not be an obvious view. Any view of the ocean, even if a small sliver between the palm trees, considers rooms in this category to “pass the test” and be qualified as such. This could also mean looking out your window or over your balcony and squinting to see the ocean, or if you’re lucky, a great view from your bed or any area of your room. Request a room on a higher floor in this room category for a better chance to see the ocean. Some hotels and resorts call this room category a seaview room.
Other types of guest rooms and room categories that often get confused by travellers are:
Connecting and adjoining rooms: Connecting or adjoining rooms are often booked by families travelling with several family members, or several children. Two standard rooms are often connected with a door between, giving more space, and two bathrooms. You might see either room category name, and see the terminology for adjoining cabins on cruise ships.
Adjacent rooms: Adjacent rooms are two hotel rooms next to each other or across the hall, but no direct access between the two without going into the hallway.
While room categories can change between resorts – with some resort chains considering their “deluxe rooms” as their best rooms, and others calling their basic room category by the same name, some other different types of guest rooms that are generally similar across the board are as follows:
Gardenview room: A gardenview rooms means you’re going to look out your windows, or off the balcony, and see landscaping around the resort. This could mean a palm tree or shrubbery right outside your room, or a view of other buildings with pathways and vegetation between them. These tend to be your standard rooms.
Junior Suite: A single room with a bed and a sitting area. Rarely does it offer a separate bedroom, but a sitting area within the room.
If you’re particular about your view, the layout or size of your guestroom, or plan to spend time in your room beyond laying your head down at night, it is important to speak with your travel agent about what room categories are available, and have an agent who has been there walk you through what is available, the pricing, and definitions. Those willing to take a bit more of a gamble might also be interested in supersaver or “deal of the day” rooms: room categories put on sale by tour operators that need to be filled, often the lead-in room category, limited in availability, but specific rooms are determined at check-in.