Green’s Dictionary of Slang

accommodation house n.

[SE accommodation house, a lodging house; such places may have begun as respectable buildings, but soon changed their use]

1. (also accommodation, crib, house of accommodation) a brothel.

[[UK]London-Bawd (1705) 68: An old Bawd that kept a house of Private Entertainment for the Accommodation of Persons of Quality of both Sexes].
[UK]‘Jon Bee’ Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 2: Accommodation-house. The Reader had better consult ‘Fubbs’ than we explain the minute difference that exists between these and a ‘Dress-house’ or a ‘Bodikin’.
[UK]Egan Finish to the Adventures of Tom and Jerry (1889) 294: [facing pic. caption] The ‘house of accommodation’ in flames. The inmates put to the flight. Jerry narrowly escapes with his life.
[US]N.Y. Herald 3 Mar. 2/4: PULLED AND BAILED. -- Emma Creeper, who has kept a house of accommodation for double company, at 67 Leonard street.
[UK]New Sprees of London 29: [heading] LIST OF A FEW OF THE PRINCIPAL ACCOMMODATION HOUSES In London, with remarks on their inconveniences, charges, and character.
Man of Pleasure’s Illus. Pocket-book n.p.: FRENCH INTRODUCING HOUSES. These accommodation cribs have become so numerous, that it requires some tact and nous to discover them.
[UK](con. 1840s–50s) H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor IV 249/1: Those who gain their living by keeping accommodation houses [...] are of course to be placed in the category of the people who are dependant [sic] on prostitutes.
S. Amos A Comparative Survey of Laws in Force for the Prohibition, Regulation [...] of Prostitution 266: No woman under the control of a husband will be authorised to open a brothel or an accommodation house without the written assent of her husband.
[UK]J. Franklyn This Gutter Life 157: And I’d run a house of accommodation too! [...] Why shouldn’t I? – the girls give value for money to their clients, and I would give value for money to the girls.

2. a ‘hotel’ where rooms can be hired for short times by lovers or prostitutes and their clients.

[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) I 72: I heard of accommodation houses, where people could have bedrooms and no questions asked.