Hotel design with furnitures. a hotel is an establishment that provides paid lodging on a short-term basis. facilities provided inside a hotel room may range from a modest-quality mattress in a small room to large suites with bigger; higher-quality beds; a dresser; a refrigerator and other kitchen facilities; upholstered chairs; a flat screen television; and en-suite bathrooms. small; lower-priced hotels may offer only the most basic guest services and facilities. larger; higher-priced hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool; business centre (with computers; printers; and other office equipment); childcare; conference and event facilities; tennis or basketball courts; gymnasium; restaurants; day spa; and social function services. hotel rooms are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and b-bs) to allow guests to identify their room. some boutique; high-end hotels have custom decorated rooms. some hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. in the united kingdom; a hotel is required by law to serve food and drinks to all guests within certain stated hours. in japan; capsule hotels provide a tiny room suitable only for sleeping and shared bathroom facilities. the precursor to the modern hotel was the inn of medieval europe. for a period of about 200 years from the mid-17th century; coaching inns served as a place for lodging for coach travelers. inns began to cater to richer clients in the mid-18th century. one of the first hotels in a modern sense was opened in exeter in 1768. hotels proliferated throughout western europe and north america in the early 19th century; and luxury hotels began to spring up in the later part of the 19th century.