Creating an accommodation listing
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 is perfect. 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 Place" alt="Local script" address="Address" directions="extra directions if necessary" phone="Phone" email="email@example.com" fax="Fax number" checkin="Time" checkout="Time" price="$lowprice-$highprice" url="http://www.hotel.example.com/"> One to three sentences about the service, atmosphere, view, rooms, what have you. </sleep>
The fields used in this tag are:
All fields above are optional except for "name". If you don't know some information, just leave in the empty field, so somebody else can fill it up later.
* <sleep name="Hotel Eldorado" alt="" address="Rue des Dames 18" directions="17th, metro: Place de Clichy" phone="'+33 1 4522 3521" email="firstname.lastname@example.org" fax="+33 1 4387 2597" checkin="" checkout="" price="23/39 Eur. - €49/79. (singles/doubles)" 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 decor 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 & 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 am) 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:
* <sleep name="Yinbo Hotel" alt="金波大酒店" address="135 Tiantong Road" directions="across the bridge on the north side of the Bund" phone="+86 21-63566288" email="" fax="+86 21-63257555" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥338" url=""> Typical nondescript mid-range hotel. </sleep>
...shows up like this:
Owners of apartments, condos, and vacation homes sometimes arrange with a rental agency to rent out their place when they aren't using it. In order to list an agency in Wikitravel, it must meet the following conditions:
Avoid listing nearest attractions
Accommodation owners frequently give detailed list of attractions that their property is close to. We don't welcome it here at Wikitravel:
Instead of writing a long flowery description of the many attractions near the property, contribute detailed lat-long coordinates of the property (see Wikitravel:Geocoding)--it will be much more helpful for a traveler choosing a place to stay.
Avoid using images
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
Since many Wikitravelers find ways to get by without paid accommodation the Sleep sections of many destination articles tend to go unfilled even long after other sections are stuffed. For this reason contributors are encouraged to compile material from reviews. Obviously you shouldn't copy somebody else's words into Wikitravel, but should rather give your impression of the body of reviews you have read.
Here's an idea of what a listing compiled from reviews might look like:
Note that 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
This is a travel guide, not the yellow pages. A long undifferentiated list of hotels is only marginally useful to the traveler. 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. There are several different ways to deal with long lists:
Note that there are also situations where a longer list really does make sense. If a "tourist town" has dozens of nearly identical hotels, then it may make little difference to the traveller which one he picks and it might be quite difficult for the writer to prune the list. Perhaps listings can be split up some, but you are still going to have long lists.
Within each subdivision, when no other standard of ordering listings is used, alphabetical order should be the norm. If another standard is used, it should be clearly stated so any new listing can be added to the appropriate place.