The Sims Vacation
Hotels were first introduced in The Sims: Vacation in Vacation Island. Each area of Vacation Island has one hotel available, while the other two lots will be campgrounds and a bare bones lot. Hotels can be modified in build mode and buy mode when no Sims are on vacation in it. The three hotels available per area are Al Pine's Winter Wonderland in the snowy mountain area, Bear Essentials Lodge in the forested area, and Palazzo Palms Hotel in the beach area.
Reserving Rooms & Checking In
Players can check into a hotel by clicking on the front desk. Rooms cannot be reserved, though Sims have access to all rooms in the hotel. Unlike later games, other tourists will never check in and sleep at a hotel, so Sims will have the entire hotel to themselves. Each Sim in the travelling party will receive a key that costs §40. This key is good anywhere on the island, so Sims can sleep in a different hotel than the one they checked into. Pets generally stay for free, although the automatic bill routine will occasionally slip and charge for a dog or cat.
Activities in hotels differ in each area, although they are somewhat similar to each other. In the snowy mountain area, Sims can have snowball fights, go on snow slides, and erect snowmen. In the forested area, Sims can fish, have water balloon fights, and try their hand at archery. In the beach area, the hotel contains a large swimming pool with slides and several carnival games that Sims can win prizes through.
Sims can check out by clicking on the front desk at any time. They will be billed for another day if they do not check out before 11 AM. Once checked out, keys will be removed from all Sims. As Sims can stay on vacation indefinitely, checking out does not automatically summon the shuttle to take them home. Sims can still go home or to a campground after 11 AM but they will not be refunded for that night's stay at the hotel regardless of whether they slept in one of the hotel rooms or not.
The Sims 2: Bon Voyage
Hotels were reintroduced in The Sims 2: Bon Voyage, and a number of them appear by default in all three vacation destinations (Takemizu Village, Three Lakes, and Twikkii Island). It gives controllable Sims a place to rest and rejuvenate before going off to explore. Each exotic destination has its own premade hotels, although the player is allowed to make their own or edit the existing ones. Sims must check in to a hotel or campground in order to save on vacation and to visit other vacation lots.
All hotels, with the exception of campgrounds, will spawn a bellhop and a housekeeper. The bellhop tends to the front desk and generally will only leave it to deliver room service. They otherwise cannot be interacted with. Housekeepers will clean the lot, repair broken objects, and tend to garden plants. Sims can converse and build relationships with them. Unlike The Sims: Vacation, housekeepers do not remain on the lot 24/7; they will leave the lot at 8 p.m., and will not return until 10 a.m. the next morning. If the housekeeper has nothing to do, they will idle by the front desk.
It should be noted that housekeepers are generally buggy and may not correctly do all of their jobs. The most common bug is once a housekeeper makes a bed, they will stand there and won't move at all for several hours, which stops sims from going to bed or relaxing on the bed as the housekeeper will be in the way. When they finally do move, they will either finish work or go back to the hotel desk without completing the rest of the cleaning. A mod by SimWardrobe has been made to make them more efficient.
Choosing a Hotel
Hotel prices range from § to §§§§§, as indicated in the lot description. The campgrounds in Three Lakes are free. Sims may visit any hotel before and after checking in, and may even switch hotels during a vacation. However, they can only be checked into one hotel at a time; Sims must check out of their old hotel in order to check in to a new one.
Sims that are currently not checked into a hotel can only visit other hotel lots or campgrounds, and they must call a taxi in order to do so; they cannot walk to other lots until they've been checked in.
Reserving Rooms & Checking In
To reserve a room, click on the door to the suite. It will display the price for one night. Sims can reserve as many rooms as they like. When finished, click on the front desk to check in. Any rooms that have not been reserved will eventually be claimed by other tourists.
In Axe Wood Campgrounds, just click on any tent and click "check in". Sims can then sleep in any tent on the lot.
If the hotel does not have a food stand or restaurant, Sims will have to order room service. This can be done over the phone. Depending on the size of the party it may be cheaper to order single plates, but group meals can also be ordered, the price of which is added to the hotel bill. Once an order is placed, the bellhop will arrive shortly at the suite of the Sim who requested it and deliver the meal. The menu is dependent on the time of day.
Players may check out and pay the bill by clicking on the front desk of the hotel. If the Sim doesn't have enough money, the bill will be mailed to them when the Sim gets home. Sims can check out any time before noon without being billed for another night. The player can check the total bill using the phone, or by clicking on the front desk.
If the Sims do not have any time left on their vacation, checking out will automatically summon the airport shuttle to take the Sims home. If the Sims still have some time left, Sims will have to use the phone to call the taxi themselves.
References from other Games
The Hotel is first introduced in The Sims 2 for DS, as the player manages the hotel.
The Sims Life Stories
In the beginning of Vince's Story, If you click on the goal icon The Hotel is mentioned, Vince mentioned that he went to a 5 Star Hotel in SimCity so it may be a reference to The Sims 2 Bon Voyage (as The Sims 2 Bon Voyage is released after The Sims Life Stories).