Why is a restaurant called hotel in Hindi?

It is obviously not possible to give a precise answer to the question. One can only speculate. Traditionally, Indians took their meals at home, their own or somebody elses. Sancks could be eaten from a kiosk or a hawker.The only pepole who ate out were the travellers who stayed in ahotel. Thus the only restaurant in town would be a part of a hotel.If you wished to eat out, you would go to ahotel which housed a restaurant.Even when restaurants opened independently of a hotel, the name stuck,

  1. […] spent in Coimbator in Tamil Nadu, where we really struggled to find somewhere to stay. In India, restaurants are called ‘hotels’, which gets confusing, so we had to look out for ‘lodges’ or ‘motels’ instead and driving […]