All the trunks from that car there, twelve from here and the safe, to the parlor suite, rooms B-52, 54, 56.

From the dictionary, I know that parlor means a room in a house which has comfortable chairs and is used for meeting guests, this also means parlor is part of a house. But of course, parlor suite is a whole suite, not a part of a room. What's the meaning of it?


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Here it is described:

Parlor - A room in a private house/establishment where people can sit and talk and relax.

Suite - A set of room (as in hotel).

Now when it comes to parlor suite, it could be taken as a comfortable and relaxing establishment in a hotel (as we know Presidential Suite, Honeymoon Suite and so on).

Parlor suite seems to be more spacious. as most of the hotels highlight the 'space' there.

Here is the example:

Parlor Suite in a Hotel of Las Vegas

  • Not sure about the authenticity but it seems a valid description. In some of the Parlor Suites, you can close off the bedroom and then there is a sitting/living room with a sofa that folds out into a flat bed, kind of like a futon.
    – Maulik V
    Commented Jan 29, 2014 at 5:42
  • I wouldn't personally call the room in the picture above a parlor suite. The "Parlor Suite", along with the "Parlor Loft Suite", in the link you provided look more like it. Commented Jan 29, 2014 at 11:39
  • @DamkerngT.There are multiple photos of the room (and this looked beautiful!) and I had to post here parlor suite as it is. Parlor Loft Suite could have been considered as a different category.
    – Maulik V
    Commented Jan 29, 2014 at 11:42
  • I'm used to a parlor suite that has a parlor (a living section) in it, where the bedrooms are separate. The Parlor Loft Suite one appears to loft the parlor section, I think. Commented Jan 29, 2014 at 11:46
  • @DamkerngT. I mentioned it in my comment. However, get me the image so I can upload it to better support this answer.
    – Maulik V
    Commented Jan 29, 2014 at 11:48

It's possible “parlor” is being used as an adjective to describe the suite, which has a parlor in it.

A similar but perhaps more common example would be the term “sleeper cab”. “Cab” is short for “cabin” and describes the driver's compartment, and a “sleeper” is a compartment attached to the driver's compartment, designed for sleep. You'd refer to the whole thing as a “sleeper cab” even though the sleeper is a separate compartment.

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