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In English, is it correct to use the term 'reservability' for the ability to reserve a room?

Or is the term 'bookability' preferable? Or anything else?

Context: I'm translating a room reservation software system, where you can set whether a room in a building is bookable in a selection field named 'bookability' with choices yes and no (and null/void).

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What about availability?

I think that would be the correct term in this case.

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I'm gonna call it 'Availability for booking' –  Quandary Apr 14 '11 at 12:16
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@Quandry - there is a difference though: "Available" means nobody else has booked it, but "reservable" would mean is it possible to book in advance. So a train might have seats available but they aren't reservable - ie. you can't ensure one is kept for you –  mgb Apr 14 '11 at 16:50

It's common for hotels to show a neon sign with the text "No vacancy" to express that no room is available. So naturally, I would assume a good way to describe the "reservability" would be to call it vacant.

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my vote is masarah's answer. Is the room available or not is what you are asking.

You can reserve a room that is available.

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This is more of a comment than an answer... –  Jimi Oke Apr 14 '11 at 13:24

maintainable brings a different tone to it, but means the same. Both words have the sense of preservation, or perhaps, upkeep.

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