What photos do I need for my hotel?
To get guests to book your hotel, first you need to grab their attention with an enticing property page.
Your photos are essential to this process. In this guide, we’ll teach you to take striking pictures that will make bookers fall in love with your hotel.
For more tips, check out our step-by-step visual guide.
Why take photos?
Good property photography captures beautiful, well-lit, and realistic photos of your hotel.
Your photos should show all room types and facilities—along with specific details—that will captivate and inspire travelers. We recommend sharing at least 24 photos of your hotel.
To be displayed correctly across digital platforms, your photos need consistent quality and high resolution.
Your photography should:
- Take travelers on a visual journey through your hotel
- Reflect its ambiance and energy
- Emphasize its culture and history
- Show the kind of experience travelers can expect during their stay
What to photograph
Photograph all room types— from singles and doubles to triples and suites—available at your hotel.
Take at least 4 photos for each room type and at least 1 of the bathroom/toilet found in each.
If you have a condo hotel, make sure you:
- Photograph all condo types available at your property (e.g. studio, 2-bedroom, penthouse).
- Photograph every room in each apartment, as well as the entire apartment (overall layout).
- Take at least 24 photos of your property.
With larger, multi-bedroom apartments, you don’t need to take photos of every bedroom.
Taking room photos
Corner Shot 1
Corner Shot 2
Unique Room Feature
To show off their best features, take photos of each room type from a variety of different angles:
- View from one corner, showcasing the whole room
- View from a different corner
- Unique room features and facilities
Unique room features could include:
- Balcony, patio, or terrace
- Kitchen, dining, or seating areas
- Tea and coffee facilities
- Interesting decorative details
Take photos of anything that makes your place special
Your photos should present your hotel realistically and highlight its best features.
All photos must be consistently clear, bright, and flattering, so prepare your rooms before taking any photos.
Your rooms should have:
- Curtains open so views are visible
- Ambient lighting and lamps turned-on
- Freshly made beds
- Clean surfaces
- Spotless carpets and flooring
- No laundry or wires visible
Take photos of any in-room amenities, like:
- Tea/Coffee makers
- Minibar and snacks
- In-room safe
- Desk and stationery
Taking bathroom photos
Unique Room Feature
Bathroom photos are very important to travelers since they often reflect the overall cleanliness of a hotel.
Your bathrooms should have:
- Ambient lights turned on
- Clean mirrors
- Spotless shower or bathtub
- Shower curtains open
- Toilet lid closed
- Trash cans emptied
Take photos of any in-room amenities, like:
- Hair dryer
- Toothbrush kit
- Complimentary toiletries
Photos of facilities
Take photos of all the common facilities that guests can access at your hotel, like:
- Lobby and reception
- Restaurant and cafe
- Breakfast options
- Bar and lounge
- Spa and other wellness services
- Game room
- Shared kitchen facilities
- Communal areas
Photos of extra amenities
You should also take photos of additional amenities or services available to guests, like:
- Meeting rooms or banquet halls
- Business centers or computers (monitors turned-off)
- Family-friendly options (e.g. playgrounds, kid menus)
- Airport shuttles
- Parking garages
- Luggage storage
- Dry cleaning and laundry service
- Room service
- Tour desk with pamphlets
When booking accommodations, travelers expect a clear and realistic representation of your hotel and its location.
Guests want to know what the property looks like for arrival, so you take photos of the exterior that show:
- The hotel entrance
- The facade in the context of the street
Avoid including road signs, parked cars, and people in the photos.
- Use a digital camera.
- Shoot landscape (horizontal) images – they look best on Booking.com.
- Photos need a high resolution: at least 2048 x 1080 pixels, preferably 4000 x 3000 pixels (maximum file size 19MB per photo).
- Take at least 24 photos in total.
- Take pictures from a height of 3 to 5 feet to maintain consistency across images.
- Keep the focal length between 24 and 35 mm.
- Shoot from room corners to add perspective and depth to your images.
- Try to capture as much of each space as possible in your photos. Try not to crop out furniture or other details that would be important to the guest.
- Use a tripod to avoid camera shake.
The maximum file size is 19MB for each uploaded photo.
For the best photos to show potential guests, avoid uploading:
- Grainy or pixelated photos
- Blurry or tilt-shift photos
- Over-processed photos
- Photos with filters, strong contrast, or excessive HDR
- Watermarks or illustrations in photos
- Tilted, stretched, or distorted photos
Things to avoid
✘ Photos of guests, models, or property owners
✘ Logos, branding, awards, or contact info
✘ Reflections of people in mirrors and windows
✘ TVs turned-on
✘ Dated technology (telephones, alarm clocks, etc.)
✘ Wide-angle or fisheye lens
✘ Photos taken from overly high- or low angles
✘ Overly dark (underexposed) or bright (overexposed) photos
✘ Black-and-white photos
After taking the photos of everything you need, learn how to add them to your property page.
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