For your convenience and understanding, we present the most commonly used abbreviations for the main types of food, accommodation and hotel categories used by folklore festival organizers. Some hotels may also offer a combination of the options listed below or another different option that is specific only to a certain hotel. The most common types of meals in most places for accommodation are as follows:
Accommodation and meals
OB (Only Bed) – the offer includes accommodation only (no meals). Other abbreviations used for this term are RR, RO or OV.
BB (Bed and Breakfast) – hotels offering bed and breakfast only. Free drinks during breakfast: tea, coffee, water.
HB (Half Board) – half board - in addition to accommodation, includes two meals: breakfast and dinner (or lunch). Free drinks during breakfast: tea, coffee, water.
FB (Full Board) – full board - in addition to accommodation, includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
AL (All Inclusive) - is a buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a variety of salads, breads, soups, mains, desserts and cheeses; drinks are included - only locally produced alcoholic and non-alcoholic, branded drinks are not provided usually. Wine is mostly on draft, beer is also on draft, soft drinks are local, and so are juices. Tea, coffee and water are also available. All drinks are unlimited and often not served, but taken from one of the bars.
Types of hotel accommodation
SGL - Single room – Single hotel room
DBL - Double room – Hotel room with one large double bed.
TWN - Twin room – Hotel room with two single beds (in some hotels – two double beds).
TWS - Twin for single use – Price of a double room, in which only one person will spend the night.
TPL - Triple room – Triple room with three beds or two beds and a sofa.
QAD - Quadruple room – Room for four.
Suite – Hotel room or apartment that usually has a living room and kitchen.
Categorization of hotels in Europe
The categorization of hotels and places of accommodation and meals in Europe is the responsibility of the relevant certification bodies of the respective country, complying with the general requirements for categorization. Accordingly, a difference can be found in the equipment of the categorized hotels built 10 years ago and the new hotels. Recertification is carried out in the relevant period and the higher the category, the more frequent and more detailed the inspections. We present a relative alignment of categories from the European designations and generally accepted world designations.
Hotels with a higher standard. The rooms are equipped with comfortable furniture, sofa, armchairs, access to daily newspapers, etc. They offer guests conference rooms, two restaurants, a gym, a beauty salon and internet in the rooms.
Hotel 5 stars ***** - European category "Luxury"
Luxury hotels with the highest quality of service, featuring spacious suites. Located in urban or business centers. Each of the rooms has one parking space available, room service works 24 hours a day, and the reception staff speaks at least two foreign languages.
Hostels are mainly intended for socializing young people and travelers, where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed and use a shared bathroom, and sometimes a living room, tourist kitchen, individual locker, information service, garden, library, TV and games room. Rooms and bathrooms in hostels are often mixed, but there are also single-sex ones — for example: women-only rooms, although private rooms with bathrooms may also be available. Family rooms are also often available - with a large double bed and bunk beds with or without a bathroom. The hostel can also include meals: breakfast, dinner, meals to order or just coffee, tea and milk; use of washing machine or bicycle, tourist tours or entertainment.
Motels are mainly used for tourist accommodation, being an inexpensive roadside hotel for the accommodation and service of auto tourists, located near parking and with easy access to highways. It is small, usually 1 or 2 floors, the entrance is directly from the street and the car is parked in front of the entrance itself in most cases. It is significantly cheaper than most hotels, but the services and amenities offered are also minimal. It is convenient for a short stay. The word motel is a combination of the words motor and hotel.