[Tagging] tourism=guest_house or tourism=bed_and_breakfast ?

Frank Little frankosm at xs4all.nl
Sat Oct 19 20:14:43 UTC 2013

Presence or absence of a kitchen for the traveller does not define for me 
whether it is a guest house or not.
I've stayed in places in Egypt and Pakistan which our company certainly called 
'the guest house' which had kitchens.
They did not have live-in owners or staff (but did have people to prepare 
lunch; we used it in the evening).
I've stayed in guest houses which were like a bed & breakfast place with a 
live in owner.
And even ones which were more like small hotels.

I use hotels, apartments and an occassional B&B a lot and in many different 
The name people use for their accommodation is inconsistent at best.
I think the best way to tackle this is to use sub-keys to define the 
facilities on offer.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Martin Koppenhoefer" <dieterdreist at gmail.com>
To: "Tag discussion, strategy and related tools" <tagging at openstreetmap.org>
Sent: Friday, October 18, 2013 11:35 AM
Subject: Re: [Tagging] tourism=guest_house or tourism=bed_and_breakfast ?

> 2013/10/17 Dudley Ibbett <dudleyibbett at hotmail.com>
>> From a tourists perspective it is quite important to know whether it is
>> self catering accommodation or not.  It is also important to know whether
>> it is a single building unit (i.e. house,cottage,chalet) as opposed to a
>> number of units in a building (i.e. apartments).  I would be inclined to
>> use tourism=apartments for the latter.
> +1, an appartment would have a kitchen, while a guest house wouldn't
> (often) have a kitchen at disposition for the tourist, nor would a bed and
> breakfast typically. I also agree with the distinction chalet/cottage/hut
> and apartment.
> cheers,
> Martin


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