Visiting Britain - Glossary


Backpacking is a term that has historically been used to denote a form of low-cost travel. Some of the following differentiate backpacking from other types of tourism: backpacker prefer youth hostels, the length of the trip of backpacker usually is longer, they use a backpack, backpacker use the public transport as a their travel transportation.

Basic Room

A basic room is an economical room meant for one or two persons. It is equipped with all necessary things: a bed, a wardrobe, a TV set, a telephone and a refrigerator.

Bed & Breakfast

A B&B is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and only breakfast and not other meals. Usually, it is a private home with fewer than 10 bedrooms.

Budget Accommodation

Hotels and accommodations cheaper than usual.

Check in

Is the process of announcing your arrival at a hotel, hostel, B&B.

Check out

To pay the bill, and record one's departure, as from a hotel, hostel, B&B.

Diamond-Rating for B&B

Rating system that provides guidance in making hotel and restaurant selections. A rating of One to Five Diamonds, describing the level of complexity in service, decor, and amenities from simple to luxurious.

Double room

Accommodation for two adults in a room with one bed (alternatively two beds are made up as one).


Bathroom connected to a bedroom and entered directly from it

Executive Suite

An office within an office. Usually less than 200 square feet. In addition to the space, the tenant may receive services such as secretarial, reception, copy, fax, and phone.


kitchenette is a cooking area in either a hotel or hostel rooms or small apartments. It usually consists of a small refrigerator, a microwave and a sink.

Star-Rating for Hotels

The star rating systems are intended to serve as guidelines for travellers before they make a hotel reservation. But there is no standardized star rating system. In Europe, hotels are usually ranked on a scale from one to four stars, and in the US from one to five. Hotel star ratings are supposed to rank according to quality.


Is a more luxurious kind of accommodation, it has multiple rooms and usually they are on the top floor of hotels. Sometimes are called "presidential suite".

Twin Room

Accommodation for adults in a room with two beds. Bed sizes for this room are "twin", there the reason of calling it twin rooms.