Google uses different categories to help people understand what kind of lodging they’ll find at a given location. By picking the right category for your business, you can help the right customers find you.
Lodging accommodations fall into 3 distinct categories: hotels, vacation rentals, or outdoor lodging.
You can determine your lodging category by asking these questions. Does your business:
- Have a front desk or on-site management?
- Accept overnight guests?
- Have their property and business address listed publicly?
If you answer “yes” to all of these questions, your business is a hotel or a related category. If you answer “no” to any of these questions, your business is likely a vacation rental or outdoor lodging.
If you don't know if your lodging business is a hotel, vacation rental, or outdoor lodging, check the categories below to find the best fit for your business.
For your hotel property to be eligible on Google, your business should be able to accept overnight guests and must have a front desk and a manager or owner on-site. Your property should also have your business address and property name listed publicly.
|A hotel provides basic services like room service and professional housekeeping. A hotel usually:
|A motel is a roadside hotel mainly for motorists. Motels usually have:
|A hostel offers affordable, dorm-style (bunk bed) rooms and can:
|A resort hotel is usually spread out over more land than a hotel and offers:
|Mountain hut (Lodge)
|A mountain hut or lodge is located in a rural area usually by a mountain, lake, forest, or river. It usually has:
|A camping cabin usually has cottages or cabins and offers:
|Extended stay hotel (Aparthotel)
|An extended stay hotel or aparthotel is a self-catered, fully-furnished apartment that has:
|A love hotel is for adults only and is:
|An inn is primarily a restaurant, cafe, pub, or brewery that:
|Bed and breakfast (Guest house or pension)
|A bed and breakfast (sometimes known as a guest house or pension) is a private or small commercial property that usually has:
|A farm stay is a working farm, ranch, or vineyard that:
|Japanese inn (Ryokan)*
|A Japanese inn (sometimes known as a Ryokan) is a traditional inn where guests sleep in a Japanese-style room. It may have:
|Capsule hotel (Pod hotel)
|A capsule hotel or a pod hotel usually offers:
|A religious accommodation is lodging used for religious purposes. It’s usually:
|Budget Japanese inn (Minshuku)
|A Budget Japanese inn (sometimes known as a Minshuku) is a traditional inn where guests sleep in a Japanese-style room. It may:
A Holiday park consists of multiple dwellings, such as bungalows, cottages, cabins, or mobile homes, within an enclosed area and:
Vacation rental (VR) properties on Google
For your vacation rental property to be eligible on Google, your property must provide a furnished space that’s private to the guest who’s renting it. A vacation rental must also accept short-term, overnight reservations and be managed and cleaned in-between stays.
|An apartment or flat:
|A bungalow is a single-level home that usually has:
|A cabin is a small house that’s usually:
|A chalet is a house built with wood and sloping roofs that’s usually:
|A cottage is a cozy house that’s usually:
|A gite is a vacation home found in French-speaking regions of Europe. It’s typically:
|Holiday village rental
|A holiday village rental is a unit in a self-catered resort where visitors:
|A house is a stand-alone residential building that may share:
|A villa is a luxurious house that usually has:
|Vacation rental (other)
|Vacation rental (other) is an option you can use if:
Outdoor lodging on Google
Outdoor lodging properties with an open area for tents or a simple roof and walls where guests can sleep are eligible on Google. An outdoor lodging property doesn’t have climate control or indoor plumbing in the units, but it may have them in shared facilities, like communal washrooms.
|A campground is an accommodation that offers guests:
|Recreational vehicle (RV) park
|An RV park is an accommodation that allows guests to:
|A houseboat is also known as a floating home and usually: