I'm trying to find the correct English word or term for hotel rooms that you can book by the hour. For example, if a hotel with Spa rents its room for just the afternoon too.

Is "day use" the correct term? Doing a quick web search there are some hotels which use this term, but I'm not sure if it's just because they're French or Italian and just made it up in order to have a simple term which people from other countries can understand.

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    It's one of the politer terms.
    – Hot Licks
    Jan 23, 2017 at 13:35
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    A hotel that "charges by the hour" is used so frequently to describe a hotel that caters to prostitutes that I would avoid using that as a description in any way... whether it is a correct description or not.
    – Tom22
    Jan 23, 2017 at 19:04

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Yes. The term 'day use' is the correct term which refers to those who do not intend to use the room for a full day. Mind you, almost all international hotels do not rent rooms by the hour, while some charges 50% of the regular room rate for 'day use'.

  • Have you supporting references, Bill? May 21 at 9:33

"Day use" would be correct. The most likely hotels at which some people rent the rooms for less than 24 hours are the hotels they sometimes have in airport terminals. Such hotels may allow patrons to rent rooms for less than a full day and night so these people can use whatever recreational facilities the hotel offers. People will sometimes do this if they have hours to kill before their flight. Also, most hotels have conference and ballrooms people and organizations can rent for several hours to host events in. Some of those hotels even offer catering for the functions held in these rooms.

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    Thanks for the contribution, Costillo, but without supporting references, this offers no addition to the previous answer (apart from useful but off-topic tourist information). May 21 at 9:33

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