I know about the term "bungalow" to describe some hotel rooms, but if it's not a very tropical place, what's another word that can describe this type of room?

The room is basically a little house… is there a good word for it?

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    In the States, they're often called "cabins"; at resorts, especially, it's an option if there's enough land to have detached rooms for privacy and quiet. – John Lawler May 6 '15 at 0:06
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    Also, cottages... but that's usually pushing it a bit. – Oldbag May 6 '15 at 0:08
  • Yeah, "cabins" or "cottages". – Hot Licks May 6 '15 at 0:10
  • chalet (British) A small cabin or house used by holidaymakers, forming a unit within a holiday complex. – FumbleFingers May 6 '15 at 2:48

Depending on where you go, they may be called "cottages" or "bungalows". In Hawaii, oceanfront stand-alone logdings are usually referred to as cottages. In non-tropical places these words can also be used.

  • cottage (noun) "a small detached dwelling unit at an institution, a usually small house for vacation use."
  • bungalow (noun) "a house having one and a half stories and usually a front porch" MW


Collins American English Dictionary gives this definition of guesthouse:

  1. a small house on the same property as a larger main house, used as for guests

  2. a free-standing hotel unit, often like a cottage, rented to guests

(Also ) guest house

Guesthouse as described on Wikipedia:

A guest house (also guesthouse) is a kind of lodging. In some parts of the world a guest house is similar to a hostel, bed and breakfast, or inn where in other parts of the world (such as for example the Caribbean), guest houses are a type of inexpensive hotel-like lodging. In still others, it is a private home which has been converted for the exclusive use of guest accommodation. The owner usually lives in an entirely separate area within the property and the guest house may serve as a form of lodging business.

Guesthouse photos and description on storify.com

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  • Would guest house still apply if it's operated by a hotel/resort? My feeling is that guest houses are another option of accommodation type, rather than the building itself. A guest house might operate one or more cabins/bungalows/<word I'm after>, just as a resort could do the same. – egeland May 6 '15 at 0:57

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