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Room/Night – Glossary Definition


Want the definition of a room/night? Learn the meaning of room/night, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

Wondering about the definition of a room/night? Keep reading to learn the meaning of room/night, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

hotel no vacancy sign room night definition
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What is a Room/Night?

A room/night is a hotel term for the quantifying of occupancy where a room is the unit of measure. Essentially, a room/night is a hospitality industry term for room occupancy at a hotel property. Room/night may also be spelled as room night or room-night.

A room/night is a form of measurement different to the bed/night occupancy count, where one calculates the number of beds in the entire hotel (a room can have more than one) with the nights each of them are booked, like one person (assigned to one bed) for one night.

More on Room/Nights

Here’s an example of a room/night:

A hotel has 10 rooms, each with 2 beds. If 5 separate people book 5 rooms for all 30 days in the month of April, this hotel had a room occupancy, or room/night occupancy, of 50% for April. However, there are 20 beds spread out over these 10 rooms. If these same 5 single and separate people booked the 5 rooms for all of April, the bed/night occupancy would be only 25%, because 5 beds were used out of a possible 20 for April.

It can get even more convoluted when you take the nights into consideration. If a hotel with 12 rooms each with 2 beds was booked by 12 separate, single people for 15 each of the 30 days in April, the room occupancy would be 50%, because each room was occupied (100% . . .), but only for 15 of the 30 days (. . . /2 = 50%). However, if you want the bed/night calculation, it would be 25%, because 12 beds were occupied of the 24 available (50% . . .), and for only 15 of the 30 days in April (. . . /2 = 25%).

Get it? 🙂

To make it easier (or, let’s be honest, more confusing), here’s a messy infographic I made to describe the difference between a room/night and a bed/night:

room-night vs bed-night

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