One may often ponder the thought as to what the difference is between a hotel or a guesthouse.If one looks at the definitions, a guesthouse is traditionally a small, privately owned homestead that rents out its rooms at a daily rate. A guesthouse will also have fewer rooms than a hotel, usually anything from 4-10 rooms. A hotel is often a larger establishment that is corporately owned. It may be a chain of hotels that operate under one brand name, whereas it is rare to find that in a guesthouse.
In South Africa, a guesthouse may be called a Bed and Breakfast or B&B and usually offers more of a personal touch than a hotel, as there are fewer guests to accommodate.