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"Hi, everyone:

Could you tell me the difference between "guesthouse" and "hotel"?

Could I say "a state guesthouse" or "a state hotel" or both?

I wonder if "guesthouse" could refer to a grand building.

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Old 20th December 2007, 02:14 PM

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Re: guesthouse vs hotel


On the contrary, guesthouse would, to my mind, be smaller and more informal.

Both could be owned by the state, as can anything!

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I've got it, thank you, Alacant
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Old 20th December 2007, 02:17 PM

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A pleasure my friend, alacant
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Re: guesthouse vs hotel


Agreed.

Conceptually, a "guesthouse" is something small and informal, usually privately owned (but could also be state-owned). Often a guesthouse is referred to as a "bed and breakfast", which is a house or room in a privately-owned house where people can spend the night.

A "hotel" is usually much larger, and corporately owned. Often there are many hotels under the same company name (a "chain" of hotels).
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Yes, certainly in the UK, a "guesthouse" is likely to be a small, possibly family-run hotel, not very expensive, with a personal touch. As with anything, the quality could range from shabby and dirty to clean and lovely.

"Hotel" is much more general term and could cover a small family "guesthouse", part of a large chain (such as Novotel or Holiday Inn), a luxurious country manor hotel, a grimy bed and breakfast establishment etc etc.
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Re: guesthouse vs hotel


Hi:

What I'm trying to describe is a large,significant structure. And I find this:

http://www.blairhouse.org/

That's why I'm not sure whether or not I can name a building for a similiar purpose with "guest house".
Is it inapproriate to give a state-level building(not open to the public) this name ("guest house")?
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Quote:Originally Posted by callmechia View PostAgreed.

Conceptually, a "guesthouse" is something small and informal, usually privately owned (but could also be state-owned). Often a guesthouse is referred to as a "bed and breakfast", which is a house or room in a privately-owned house where people can spend the night.

A "hotel" is usually much larger, and corporately owned. Often there are many hotels under the same company name (a "chain" of hotels).
A hotel can be owned by anyone, a private individual, a company or the state.

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I've got it, thank you all :-)
It dawned on me that the key word is "state" before "guest house". "a state guest house" could be important and formal, although "guest house" alone is not so.
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Quote:Originally Posted by hly2004 View PostHi:

What I'm trying to describe is a large,significant structure. And I find this:

http://www.blairhouse.org/

That's why I'm not sure whether or not I can name a building for a similiar purpose with "guest house".
Is it inapproriate to give a state-level building(not open to the public) this name ("guest house")?Hi hly2004

In the sense of a facility available for foreign dignitaries to stay in, state guesthouse (or government guesthouse) is, I would say, much more common than state hotel.
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Thank you, Loob
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Quote:Originally Posted by hly2004 View PostHi:

What I'm trying to describe is a large,significant structure. And I find this:

http://www.blairhouse.org/

That's why I'm not sure whether or not I can name a building for a similiar purpose with "guest house".
Is it inapproriate to give a state-level building(not open to the public) this name ("guest house")?The building you showed us in the link is probably called a guest house because it used to be used as a house, and is now converted into a place for people to stay. Does that help?
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Re: guesthouse vs hotel


Thank you, Packard and Esca
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