From: "Stay the Quality Assured Way" AA Booklet

Automobile Association SA

Website www.aatravel.co.za E-mail: info@aatravel.co.za

ACCOMMODATION TYPES


[Abbreviations (r), (h), (s)]
ALL-SUITE HOTEL:
Managed like a hotel but the accommodation offers a kitchen/ kitchenette and is usually serviced.
B&B GUEST HOUSE STYLE:
Individually or family-owned and has under 10 rooms. Dinner is generally not served. It is unlikely to have a liquor license. More formal than a B&B Homestay
B&B HOMESTAY:
As for B&B Guest House Style but you are likely to stay in the same house as the family. Under 10 rooms, generally not serving dinner.
B&B GUEST HOUSE WITH S/C:
A B&B or Guest House which also offers self-catering accommodation.
COMMERCIAL HOTEL:
Accommodation and facilities are geared to business travellers. The bar is usually an important element of the hotel. Families are welcome.
COUNTRY COMMERCIAL HOTEL:
In the country, where the accommodation and facilities are geared towards the business traveller. The bar is usually an important element of the hotel. Families are welcome.
COUNTRY-STYLE RETREAT LARGE:
Located in a peaceful location and offers a tranquil, refined ambience for leisure travellers. On-site dining facilities of a high standard may be available or the suites may be self-catering. Has 21 or more rooms.
COUNTRY-STYLE RETREAT SMALL:
As for country-style retreat large but with fewer than 20 rooms.
FAMILY RESORT:
As for Leisure Hotels but with the emphasis on affordable family accommodation. Many leisure facilities are offered and families are welcome.
FARM ACCOMM:
This may be self-catering, B&B or guest house accommodation and is usually located on a working farm where guests are invited to view the farm operations.
GAME &/OR NATURE RESERVE:
A conservation area, state or privately-owned, where an important element is to experience nature and/or see game.
GUEST HOUSE DINNER BY ARRANGEMENT:
An establishment with anything between 2 and 20 rooms, where dinner is available by prior arrangement. Public areas are solely for the use of guests.
GUEST HOUSE FULL SERVICE:
Similar to Guest House Dinner by Arrangement but dinner is available in a restaurant-style environment.
HERITAGE ACCOMM:
Accommodation located within a building. which may be a national monument the history of which is an important element of the experience.
HOTEL/GUEST HOUSE GARNI:
Such an establishment may have the character of a large guest horse or even a small hotel. Breakfasts is the only meal served on site.
LEISURE HOTEL:
Hotel-style accommodation with extensive public areas and recreation facilities including restaurant(s) and bar(s), primarily aimed at holiday makers but also accommodating conference visitors, business travellers and touring groups.
LUXURY HOTEL:
May be small or large, Well-designed rooms and public areas. Top quality decor and the highest service standards. Extensive public areas available for quests and non-resident guests. a la carte dining, 24-hour room service and reception, bars, concierge facilities. Likely to have conference /banqueting facilities.
LUXURY RESORT WITH VARIED ACCOMM:
Hotel-style and/or self-catering accommodation with public areas and recreation facilities primarily aimed at holiday makers, but also accommodating conference visitors and executive business travellers.
LUXURY LODGE:
Accommodation of the highest standard set in peaceful surroundings either in town or in the country. Personalized service is of the utmost importance.
RESORT WITH VARIED ACCOMM:
A resort with both hotel-style ant self-catering accommodation possibly including camping and caravan sites. Many leisure facilities are offered and families are welcome.
SELF-CATERING COTTAGE(S)/CHALET(S):
Self-contained, free-standing cottage(s) or chalet(s) with kitchen(s) in a garden or bush setting. Generally small with limited leisure facilities.
SELF-CATERING RESORT:
Self-catering accommodation consisting at chalets, cottages or apartments. Extensive recreational facilities and generally quite large. May have caravan and/or camping sites.
SELF-CATERING SUITES/APARTMENTS:
Self-contained units including a fully-equipped kitchen. May be a high rise building. Generally do not have a restaurant or many recreational facilities.
SELECTED SERVICE HOTEL BUDGET:
Hotels offering only selected services, basic facilities and low rates.
SMALL HOTEL/INN:
Usually fewer than 30 rooms. On-site meals include breakfast and dinner.
TRADITIONAL:
Accommodation in African-style structures - beehive huts/mud and thatch, rondawels/township homes etc. African culture is part of the experience.

AA Quality Assured Accommodation [ (r), (h) & (s) in CABI Pages]

Establishments which have been AA inspected get the Status AA Recommended, AA Highly Recommended or AA Superior.

An AA Recommended [(r) in the CABI pages] means this establishment has been found to meet the required standards which ensure that you stay in clean, well maintained accommodation that is appropriately run according to its type.

AA Highly Recommended [(h) in the CABI pages] means that the establishment has reached exceptional levels in certain of the prescribed criteria.

AA Superior [(s) in the CABI pages] means that the establishment excels in every respect.

For more information contact AA Accommodation Services at info@aatravel.co.za
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