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Creating an accommodation listing[edit]

For the sake of consistency Wikitravel has created listing tags that can be used to list hotels and other establishments. Accommodation listings should use the <sleep> tag, which makes it easy to ensure that formatting displays correctly. The <sleep> tag can be inserted by clicking the "add listing" link within the Sleep section of an article or by clicking on the "Hotels:" link at the bottom of the edit page. Existing hotel listings may be updated by clicking on the "edit" link next to the listing. The format of a <sleep> looks like the following:

* <sleep name="Name of accommodation" alt="Name of accommodation in local script or alternative name" address="Address" directions="extra directions if necessary" phone="Phone number in international format" email="email@example.com" fax="Fax number" checkin="hh:mm" checkout="hh:mm" price="$lowprice-$highprice" url="http://www.hotel.example.com/"> One to three sentences about the service, atmosphere, view, rooms, what have you.</sleep>

Sleeping is an important part of travelling.

The fields used in this tag are:

name 
The name of the accommodation. Don't include the city name unless it's needed for clarity.required
alt 
If the accommodation has a significantly different name in the local language, add it here. Non-Latin scripts like Japanese, Devanagari, Cyrillic etc can be used.
address 
Street and number of the accommodation, plus district if applicable. Don't repeat the city name unless the "city" is different (for example, in a suburb). Abbreviate "Road", "Street", "Avenue", etc. Postal codes may be used for listings in those countries where they offer useful additional precision {currently Argentina (only 8 character CPA or Código Postal Argentino, Argentine Postal Code), Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal and the UK}.
directions 
Additional (local) directions for how to find the accommodation (if necessary). Do not include directions to the (article) destination in a <sleep> listing .
phone 
Direct telephone number of the accommodation. Phone numbers should be in international format (like "+1 514 555-1000" or, for areas with 10 digit dialling: "+1 514 555 1000"). (see phones for detailed advice)
e-mail
E-mail address of the accommodation.
fax
Fax number of the accommodation.
checkin
Earliest allowed check-in time. Days should be abbreviated (M Tu W Th F Sa Su) and precede times which should be in 24 hour clock format. (see times for detailed advice)
checkout 
Latest allowed check-out time.
price 
The rack rate/standard price of a typical double room in the currency in which payment must be made. If there are substantial differences in room types (e.g. dorms bed and single rooms) list brief room descriptions and their respective costs. Do not give a per person cost when twin share is necessary to obtain that rate, i.e. $20 per person, when a double room costs $40. If the currency is given in non-local units (eg: US dollars), be sure to specify the units completely: eg, "USD150". required (see $ for detailed advice)
url 
Link to the official website for the hotel or accommodation. Include the http:// part of the URL. If there's no official Web site, just leave that part out.
description 
One to three objective sentences about the service, atmosphere, view, rooms, what have you - not in the first person.

All fields above are optional except for "name". If you don't know some information, just leave that field empty, then somebody else can add those details later. Please do not delete any unused listing fields, change the name of the fields or add any extra ones. Doing so may create display irregularities and will certainly frustrate future edits and the addition of extra information to the listing.

Listings added in bulk or by staff connected with the establishments concerned must be accurate, complete and correctly formatted if they are not to be deleted in bulk. They must include accurate prices or they will be deleted on sight. They should not use first person pronouns or read like an advertisement or use superlatives.

Email addresses and phone numbers that don't match the <sleep> listing's website URL-domain name will be viewed with suspicion and may be removed. Include only the official website for the listing where possible to allow verification. If there is an email address associated with the same domain name as the website then use that in the listing in preference to a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or similar address.

Examples[edit]

This listing:

* <sleep name="Hotel Eldorado" alt="" address="Rue des Dames 18"
   directions="17th, metro: Place de Clichy" phone="+33 1 4522 3521"
   email="eldoradohotel@wanadoo.fr" fax="+33 1 4387 2597" checkin="14:30" checkout="10:30"
   price="sgl €23-39, dbl €49-79" url="http://www.eldoradohotel.fr">
      The Eldorado, a former maison de rendez-vous, was once home to the kept women
      of the 19th century bourgeois. Now a very cute no star hotel, its charm more
      than makes up for what it lacks in amenities (who needs a TV in Paris anyway?). The
      staff is super friendly, the décor is garage sale chic, and there's a lovely
      courtyard that fills with neighbourhood hipsters on warm evenings. It also has a
      very good location and you can easily avoid the noise of Pigalle or Montmartre's high
      prices, but they're within stumble distance if you decide to explore. For
      early risers breakfast (€5, until 10:00) is served in the attached restaurant/bar.
      Some English spoken, especially for those who pet the cat sprawled across the
      reception desk.
  </sleep>

...shows up like this:

  • Hotel Eldorado, Rue des Dames 18 (17th, metro: Place de Clichy), +33 1 4522 3521 (, fax: +33 1 4387 2597), [1]. checkin: 14:30; checkout: 10:30. The Eldorado, a former maison de rendez-vous, was once home to the kept women of the 19th century bourgeois. Now a very cute no star hotel, its charm more than makes up for what it lacks in amenities (who needs a TV in Paris anyway?). The staff is super friendly, the décor is garage sale chic, and there's a lovely courtyard that fills with neighbourhood hipsters on warm evenings. It also has a very good location and you can easily avoid the noise of Pigalle or Montmartre's high prices, but they're within stumble distance if you decide to explore. For early risers breakfast (€5, until 10:00) is served in the attached restaurant/bar. Some English spoken, especially for those who pet the cat sprawled across the reception desk. sgl €23-39, dbl €49-79.

This listing:

* <sleep name="Yinbo Hotel" alt="金波大酒店" address="135 Tiantong Rd"
   directions="across the bridge on the north side of the Bund"
   phone="+86 21 6356 6288" email="" fax="+86 21 6325 7555" checkin="" checkout=""
   price="¥338" url="">
      Typical nondescript mid-range hotel.
   </sleep>

...shows up like this:

  • Yinbo Hotel (金波大酒店), 135 Tiantong Rd (across the bridge on the north side of the Bund), +86 21 6356 6288 (fax: +86 21 6325 7555). Typical nondescript mid-range hotel. ¥338.

Rental listings[edit]

Wikitravel is neither an apartment-finder service nor a real estate listing service, so in general real estate and rental agency listings are not allowed. The only exception to this rule is for locations where rental properties are a common form of travel accommodation and the following requirements are met:

  1. Consensus must be achieved on the article's talk page that rental listings should be allowed. When trying to build consensus provide some evidence that rental properties are commonly used by travellers to the destination and that their addition will improve the article. Please do not argue the merits of any particular company, but instead focus on the value of such accommodation for travellers to the destination city/region.
  2. If consensus is achieved, rental agency listings must be placed into a separate sub-section of the article's "Sleep" section.
  3. Agency listings must include a local address with a phone number that specifies the physical address at the destination for picking up the keys, managing the property and/or resolving rental issues. This address must also be prominently displayed on the agency web site.
  4. Apartments or cabins must be available for rentals of one week or less - remember, Wikitravel is a travel guide, not an apartment-finder service.

The general guidelines for accommodation listings apply to these listings as well, that is long lists should be avoided, and information should be concise and relevant to the traveller.

Avoid listing nearest attractions[edit]

Accommodation owners frequently give detailed list of attractions that their property is "close to". We don't welcome it here at Wikitravel:

  • it is difficult to judge which hotel is more convenient to a particular attraction,
  • it overloads listing text with details irrelevant for many travellers,
  • "nearby attractions" lists, such as those found on hotel web sites, are pretty much identical for any given hotel in the same area of a city

By all means, if the hotel is attached to a particular attraction (or, say, inside the airport), mention that—but keep it to just what makes the hotel unique. Instead of writing a long flowery description of the many attractions near the property, contribute detailed latitude and longitude coordinates for the property (see Wikitravel:Geocoding)—it will be much more helpful for a traveller choosing a place to stay.

Avoid using images[edit]

The Raffles is an icon of Singapore — the Holiday Inn is not.
Japanese ryokan inns are not your average hotel, but they all look pretty much like this

Images of accommodation, including hotels and their bedrooms, are generally not used. The only exceptions are if the hotel is a well-known attraction in its own right, or if the type of accommodation is unusual and unique to the region. In the second case, identifying the lodgings where the picture was taken by name is not necessary.

Compilation from external sources[edit]

If the Sleep section of a destination articles is unfilled even after the other sections are complete, you might consider compiling material from external sources.

The name and contact details should be obtained from the official web site.

The description can be derived from an impression of the reviews that you have read, together with some facts from the official page, but you should not copy somebody else's words into Wikitravel. Avoid listing establishments where the reviews are overly negative.

Here's an idea of what a listing compiled from reviews might look like:

  • Hotel del Sol, 44 Ramblas del sol, ☎ +34 55 555 55 55. This hotel rates well with young couples, who like the heated lagoon pool, and basement bar open late. Water pressure is low in the shared showers. The rooms facing the sea are said to have wonderful views, but avoid #29 which is behind the neighbouring building's television aerial. €30-50.

The origin of the ideas in the listing are clearly from reviews, but that the words are not. The detail about the TV antenna could be a close call, but only if the words are copied. The presence of the antenna, and its marring of the view from a particular room, would be facts which are free from copyright.

Avoid long lists[edit]

Wikitravel is a travel guide, not the yellow pages. A long undifferentiated list of hotels is only marginally useful to the traveller. A general rule of thumb is that lists should contain 5-9 items, and when they exceed that length it is time to consider breaking them up or pruning them.

Breaking up lists[edit]

  • Use districts: Large cities are broken up into districts and accommodation listings go in district articles or district subsections. Listings in a main article of a huge city should be avoided.
This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under AZN50
Mid-range AZN50-100
Splurge Over AZN100
  • Use price ranges: Accommodation lists should use the sub-headings "Budget", "Mid-range" and "Splurge", with the rough price brackets indicated with the {{sleeppricerange|Budget range|Mid-range|Splurge range}} template.
  • Create other suitable subdivisions: Further subdivisions within district and price categories can be invented as you go along, whatever suits the location:
  • by neighborhood, which can be more fine-grained than districts.
  • by location — "around the train station", "on the beach", et cetera.
  • by season — a few hotels for when it is not busy and a list of fallbacks for peak times.
  • by style — Western vs traditional or party animal vs meditation student.
These are just examples; invent your own as needed.

Pruning accommodation lists[edit]

Once these strategies have been taken, it may be time to start pruning the list.

  • Try to ensure there are a range of accommodation styles, prices and locations for the traveller to choose from.
  • Consider removing unreliable listings. Ones that contain effusive, meaningless or touting language or that are long out of date
  • Consider removing listings that are unhelpful to the traveller; that omit price or location information, have a poor quality description or no description at all.

Listing order[edit]

Alphabetical order should be the norm within each section. If another standard is used, it should be clearly stated so any new listing can be added to the appropriate place. Leading articles, such as "The", or "A", in the accommodation name should be ignored for the purposes of determining the order.

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