Lesson 6: Tourism. Hotel

 

 

 

HOTEL

 

Hotels in Britain are graded with stars from one-star to five-star (five-star hotels are the best and most expensive). You can also stay in a Bed & Breakfast (B&B) (also called Guest Houses) where you pay for a bedroom, possibly an ensuite (= room with private bathroom) and breakfast.

 

A visit to a hotel:

We stayed in a small, family-run hotel.

The Panorama is a rather run-down hotel in a back street near the city centre. The Palace is a luxury hotel on the main square of Porto Alegre. As a student, I can’t afford to stay in smart hotels. I always have to look for budget accommodation, [very cheap]

I’d advise you to make a reservation before you go. The hotels near the beach are very popular and get fully booked during the summer.

 

We stayed in the Carlton Hotel for three nights in July, but I booked (= reserved) our room three months in advance (= before; in other words, in April) because it was the middle of the tourist season. When we

arrived we checked in at reception, then the porter carried our suitcases up to our room. I gave him a small tip (n, v) – about 50p, I think. The staff were very friendly – we had a very nice chambermaid (= the woman who cleans the room) – and the room was very comfortable. The only problem we had, in fact, was with the shower which didn’t work (= function) very well. (You could also say ‘There was something wrong with the shower’.)

 

  1. Fill in the gaps with one suitable word.
  2. We couldn’t…………………………………..a reservation; all the hotels were…………………………………..booked.

2 As I’ve got long legs I usually ask for an…………………………………..seat on a long flight, but on the flight to New York I had a    ………………………………..seat and I got a great view of Manhattan as we came in, even though I didn’t have much leg-room.

3 We’re only scheduled to have about half an hour in Dubai, so I hope we don’t miss our …………………………… flight.

4 They seem to have much better in-flight…………….on that airline; they have the latest films and you can play video games.

5 Passengers must…………………………………..their seatbelts before take-off and landing.

6 Passengers with seats in rows one to 25 are now invited to…………………………………..the plane.

7 The Principality Hotel was rather…………………………………..-down and we were very disappointed.

8 You can spend a lot of money and stay in a…………………………..hotel or you can look for budget…………………………………

 

Booking a Hotel: Useful words and expressions

Could I book (= reserve) a room for next Thursday?

Could I have an early morning call at 7 a.m. please? (= Could you wake me at 7 a.m.?)

Could you put it on my bill, please? (= add the cost to the bill, e.g. for a drink you have in the hotel bar)

Could I pay my bill, please? (= pay for everything)

Could you order (= call) a taxi for me to go to the airport?

Are you fully booked (= completely full) next week?

Is breakfast/dinner included? (= Does the price include breakfast/dinner?)

Where’s the lift? (= the machine which takes you up or down a floor) [AmEng = elevator]

Excuse me. How do I get to the underground station from here?

 

Choose the correct word from the list below to complete the sentences. You may have to alter the word to fit the sentence. In other words, you might have to change a singular noun to its plural form. Or you may have to change a verb from present tense to past.

 

accommodations book reservation vacancy hold complimentary depart

 

  1. My flight will …………………. at 10 p.m. so I should arrive at the airport at 8 p.m.
  2. It is better to make a …………………. for a hotel room in advance so you will make sure to have a room when you arrive.
  3. Hotels will …………………. rooms for you if you let the agent know you will be arriving late.
  4. My secretary will …………………. a hotel room for you at the hotel near our offices.
  5. I was happy I had made a reservation because when I arrived in Bangkok, the hotel had no ………………….and other people were searching for a hotel with open rooms.
  6. Ms. Lee won’t need money for breakfast because it is …………………..
  7. When I book a hotel, I always choose budget …………………. in order to save money.

 

NOTE: Types of hotel accommodation

a single room:   for one person with a single bed                       a double room:  for two people with one large double bed

a twin room:      for two people with two single beds                  full board:         includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

half board:        includes breakfast and dinner                           B&B:                just the room and breakfast

 

 

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