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Lodging Definition and History

A lodging is a sleeping accommodation, especially a type of residential accommodation where people live temporarily.  From earliest times, hospitable households have provided temporary accommodations for travelers; even today, bed-and-breakfast lodgings and cozy inns provide lodging places for travelers and vacationers.  Ancient Greek cultures established guest rights conventions that were widely accepted, and in ancient Rome, people began to travel more extensively for both business and pleasure.  During the Middle Ages, homes and monastaries provided lodging places for travelers, particularly as coach travel became popular.  Today, the primary lodging genres are commercial establishments known as resorts, hotels, motels, or hostels.  Resorts cater to leisure travelers and recreation seekers, whereas hotels cater more to business travelers and motels market their lodgings to automobile travelers.  Hostels are designed to provide inexpensive food and lodgings to specific market sectors such as students, travelers, or workers.
Interesting references to lodgings are found in Genesis chapter 19, verse 2 of the Old Testament, which reads "Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and lodge, and wash your feet; and ye shall rise up early, and go on your way", and in Philemon chapter 1, verse 22 of the New Testament, which reads, "But withal prepare me also a lodging;".  More information about the history of the Lodging industry is available on the Hospitality Net website.