Hotels often utilize industry-specific lingo for the various types of room offerings at each location. It behooves travelers to gain an understanding of the differences in terms so when requesting or receiving an adjoining room they know what to expect.
What Is an Adjoining Room?
An adjoining room is two guest rooms that are located next to each other and are connected by a locked door between them. Adjoining rooms may be booked together by request for one traveling party, or they may be booked separately by two different parties. These are useful if you are traveling with older children or a larger group and need more space.
Booking an Adjoining Room
Most hotels do not indicate if a room is adjoining on their booking websites. In order to ensure a reservation that has an adjoining room, it is best to directly contact the hotel via phone and speak with the front desk. Additionally, when checking into the hotel once physically onsite, confirm that the reservation for the rooms includes an adjoining door to avoid having to return downstairs with bags of luggage to request a new room.
When seeking to book an adjoining room, guests may have better luck with newer hotels and resorts. As more properties seek to attract families and groups, the design of hotels has shifted in recent years from primarily single room construction to include floor plans that have greater numbers of adjoining rooms available for booking. Additionally, properties that have recently undergone a remodel may also have expanded how many adjoining rooms are on each floor.
Adjacent Rooms vs. Adjoining Rooms
While an adjoining room is always adjacent, booking an adjacent room does not mean that you will have an adjoining room. The key difference is while both rooms will be side-by-side, the adjoining room will have an inside door that directly connects each room. If booking an adjacent room, the guest would need to exit their own room and go into the hallway for access to the room next door.
Suites vs Adjoining Rooms
A suite room, executive suite, or mini-suite offers multiple bedrooms and typically a shared communal space by access of a single doorway from the hall. Adjoining rooms might not always be booked by the same group and so the connecting door can be locked and not utilized, whereas a suite would exclusively host travelers that all know each other.
If you don't know the guests in the adjoining room, always check to make sure the door in between is locked. Depending on the layout of the hotel, there may be a single door between rooms with a lock on each side and both must be unlocked to permit entry between rooms. Alternatively, there may be two doors with each room having a door that locks from the inside. If traveling with small children, some guests bring along their own door stop to prop open the adjoining door as typically these doors are weighted to close automatically.