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A hotel in Benguela is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Benguela hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Benguela are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Benguela hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Benguela hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Benguela have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Benguela
An upscale full service hotel facility in Benguela that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Benguela hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Benguela
Full service Benguela hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Benguela
Boutique hotels of Benguela are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Benguela boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Benguela may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Benguela
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Benguela travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Benguela focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Benguela
Small to medium-sized Benguela hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Benguela traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Benguela hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Benguela
A bed and breakfast in Benguela is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Benguela bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Benguela B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Benguela
Benguela hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Benguela hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Benguela
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Benguela hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Benguela lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Benguela
Benguela timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Benguela often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Benguela on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Benguela
A Benguela motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Benguela for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Benguela motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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This article is about the city of Benguela. For other uses, see Benguela (disambiguation).
Municipality and town
Igreja Benguela
Igreja Benguela
Coat of arms of Benguela
Coat of arms
Benguela is located in Angola
Location in Angola
Coordinates:  / -12.550; 13.417  / -12.550; 13.417
Country Angola
Admin. division Benguela Province
Founded 1617
• Total 2,100 km (800 sq mi)
Elevation 39 m (128 ft)
Population (2008)
• Total 128,084
• Density 61/km (160/sq mi)
Climate BWh

Benguela (Portuguese pronunciation: [bẽˈɡɛlɐ], São Felipe de Benguela, formerly spelled Benguella) is a city in western Angola, south of Luanda, and capital of Benguela Province. It lies on a bay of the same name, in 12° 33’ S., 13° 25’ E. Benguela is one of Angola's most populous cities.

Benguela: History

Benguela: Portuguese rule

Benguela, a Portuguese fort from 1587, was founded in 1617 by the Portuguese under Manuel Cerveira Pereira, 8th Governor of Angola (1604–1607). It was long the centre of an important trade, especially in slaves to Brazil and Cuba. Ships anchored about 1.6 kilometres (1 mi) off the shore, in depths of 7 to 11 metres (23 to 36 ft) and transferred loads to smaller boats which used five or six jetties in the town. However the nearby deep-water sheltered harbour of Lobito was a much larger port.

First coat of arms of the city of Benguela, about the late 17th century

Besides the churches of S. Felipe and S. António, the hospital, and the fortress, there were, as of 1911, only a few stone-built houses. A short way beyond Benguela is Baía Farta, where salt was manufactured and sulphur was extracted. Close to Baia Farta was the beach of Baia Azul. The city prospered and grew in the following decades. The Benguela Railway was built in the early 20th century by Portugal to connect the city and Lobito to the interior, and it achieved great success when linked to the Copperbelt of Katanga, DR Congo and Zambia. Starting in the early 20th century, Benguela attracted, developed, and retained quality businesses and professionals into its thriving and growing economy. Sisal and fishing industries expanded and the financial, construction and services market boomed until 1974.

Benguela: After independence from Portugal

In 1975, after the April 1974 Carnation Revolution in Lisbon, Portugal, the Portuguese Overseas Province of Angola became independent. Due to the civil war in Angola (1975–2002), which lasted more than 20 years after independence from Portugal, the important Benguela railway line closed, with only the short distance of 30 kilometres (19 mi) between Benguela and Lobito remaining operational. In the mid-2000s, with a more peaceful environment, restoration of the railway between Benguela and Huambo commenced.

In 1983 Benguela had a population of 155,000. During the civil war the city of Benguela increased its population due to refugees from the countryside. While the colonial part of the city consists of relatively good-quality houses, As of 2011 most of the refugees live in slum areas.

Benguela: Economy

Benguela was one of the centres of Portuguese trade to the African interior. The city remains an important commercial link between western and eastern Angola. Coffee, corn, sisal, sugarcane, and tobacco are grown in the interior regions of Angola and widely traded in Benguela. Manganese from the interior is also traded in Benguela. Industries local to the city include fish processing and the milling of sugarcane; the city also produces pottery, soap, and tools.

Foreign trade is handled through the deep-water port of Lobito, which is located 29 kilometres (18 mi) north of Benguela. Lobito, once the busiest port in Angola, was severely disrupted during the Angolan Civil War. The port has since revived and supports trade in the Benguela region.

Benguela: Education

The city formerly had a German school, Deutsche Schule Benguela.

Benguela: Notable residents

  • Leila Lopes - actress and Miss Universe 2011

Benguela: Transportation

  • Benguela Airport
  • Benguela Railway
  • Port of Lobito

Benguela: References

  1. "Benguela". Encyclopaedia Britannica (Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Academic ed.). Chicago, Ill.: Britannica Online. 2013. OCLC 33663660.
  2. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Benguella". Encyclopædia Britannica. 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 737.
  3. BenguelaAnosOuro.wmv, a film of Benguela, Overseas Province of Angola before 1975.
  4. "Deutscher Bundestag 4. Wahlperiode Drucksache IV/3672" (Archive). Bundestag (West Germany). 23 June 1965. Retrieved on 12 March 2016. p. 30/51.
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