- A person who either pays to stay in a public lodging establishment for a short time or is a non-paying individual staying at another's home. The level of safety responsibility owed to the guest varies depending on their status as paying or non-paying. In a vehicular context, a guest is a non-paying passenger, the rights of whom may be protected under certain laws
- The hotel management was found negligent when the paying guest slipped on the wet floor in his room.
- The non-paying guest at the house party has no right to sue the homeowner for tripping over the dog's toy.
- After the accident, the automobile guest sought compensation since the driver was clearly at fault.