Would you consider staying in a notel in stead of a hotel?

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You might consider a notel after visiting a new site on the block: Hotel Haiku, curated by Garri Rayne.

Hotel Haiku has taken up the idea of describing Hotels and, more importantly notels in a real Zen way, with a Haiku:

haiku [ˈhaɪkuː] n. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.

I’m particularly attracted to the term notel, because when I started out as a hotelier and was developing our own unique 3 suites only “hotel” Haagsche Suites, I had for some time the idea of naming it Not a Hotel. Eventually I decided to name it “Haagsche Suites” (i.e. suites of The Hague), because Not A Hotel sounded a bit negative. Never thought of notel.

I congratulate Hotel Haiku with the invention of this term notel. As they describe it:

notel [nəʊˈtɛl] n. An exceptional, often architecturally designed, holiday and vacation rental property that draws inspiration from the design hotel phenomenon.

So notel is beyond Hotel, beyond Hip Hotel, beyond Boutique Hotel, beyond Design Hotel or beyond what hotel have you and at the same time it is below the usual hotel radar. Thank you Hotel Haiku!

First Hotel Haiku (@hotelhaiku) found me via Twitter and I noticed it without paying much attention. Then I found out more about the site via our friends over at Tnooz. I refer to their review of the Hotel Haiku site.

I’m set to explore the phenomenon further and created even a notel category, because I’ve featured some notels here on the blog already.

Update:
As Garri pointed out in his comment the undercast n is essential for the idea behind the term notel , so I have edited all, but couldn’t withstand to add little bit of my own: red :-)

Last edited by GJE on April 1, 2011

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15 Responses to Would you consider staying in a notel in stead of a hotel?

  1. Notel .. hmm, it doesn’t really convey the description that Hotel Haiku gives it. Sounds negative to me. I think Hiptel would make more sense :) Or for a more Zen type place a Holytel.

    • Hometel maybe….In all the time I’ve been operating Haagsche Suites I haven’t been able to create a term which covers and conveys what it is…

  2. @Guido: Thank you for posting about our new site, and special thanks for not being obsessed with Hotel Haiku’s deliberate lack of an obvious business model, or it’s opening times!

    However, by expressing the word notel as Notel, you’ve broken the main style guideline which requires the word to be expressed in lowercase. See our following post for more clarity:

    http://birdboxmedia.com/notels/

    @Peter: In the context of Hotel Haiku, we think the word notel accurately describes the unusual vacation/holiday rentals that are featured on the site.

    It was important to find an elegant name for this type/style of accommodation, and notel was the perfect solution. The alternatives you suggested lack elegance, or meaning, but also they lack a visual pun when juxtaposed with the word hotel.

  3. hi,
    Good discussion about notels and hotels. Here unusual vacation/holiday rentals that are featured on hotels site. also A leader amongst Noida Hotels offers excited packages on Accommodation, Banquets & Conferences.

  4. notel : An exceptional, often architecturally designed, holiday and vacation rental property that draws inspiration from the design hotel phenomenon. Some difference between hotel and note.

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