Useful English Vocabulary for Hotel stay & Accommodation

If you are on a vacation and planning to check-in into a hotel, learn some useful English vocabulary related to hotel stay and accommodation that’s used internationally.  Learn some keywords related to the hotel reservation so that you would never fall short of words in your spoken English conversation. As in this English lesson Niharika is planning for a vacation, she talks about the various words she would use in her English conversation with the hotel staff. Pay careful attention as she explains each word with example sentences that are ready to use in your conversations as well.

Complete Video Transcript –

Yeah, I’m going on a vacation. Well, it’s time to take care of my hotel reservations. So what are the words that are helpful when we talk about hotels and accommodation? Well, that’s what we are going to learn in today’s lesson.

Hi friends, thanks for clicking, I am Niharika. Well in today’s lesson, we are gonna look at some vocabulary related to hotels and accommodation. So when you are ready to check in to a hotel, it’s important for you to know what are the words that can be useful when you are staying in a hotel.

So the very first thing that we are gonna look at is the types of hotels. So when you are going on a vacation or may be a business trip or you’re just going for a one night stay, you accommodate yourself in a hotel, right? So, what are the types of hotels that we have?

Well, the first one is an all-inclusive resort. Now an all-inclusive resort is a holiday resort which includes like the package, includes all three meals. So even the breakfast is served to you and even lunch as well as the dinner. So that’s like a complete package. It’s an all-inclusive resort which people usually book it for their holidays. So if you wanna spend a good time with your family, this is the best place to accommodate yourself. So it’s a holiday resort wherein the package includes your three meals.

Alright, the second type of hotel which we have is bed and breakfast. Now when you go online and you try to make a reservation, a hotel reservation, you’ll always see these options available. So what is bed and breakfast? Well, bed and breakfast is, of course, a lodging hotel, a lodging place where you can stay and the breakfast is also served to you. So, the morning breakfast is included in that package. So that’s bed and breakfast. So, it’s accommodation and the breakfast is included. The third type of hotel or the third type of accommodation that we have for you is a hostel. Well, a hostel is not very expensive. So it is perfect for young travellers or for backpackers. So a hostel is a set of rooms. Okay, it’s in a dormitory-style wherein the bathrooms or the toilets are shared and it is not a classy place but it’s just perfect if you are like all boys travelling together and you do not want to spend too much on your hotel stay. So, a hostel is just perfect. Okay, and as I said, it’s not expensive, alright.

The next type of hotel that we have is a motel. A motel is again a lodging place which has a series of rooms and usually a motel is located on very famous highways. So when you are travelling probably you are on a road trip and you are really tired and exhausted and you wanna take a break. You would like to stay the night in a motel. So a motel is located near highways. They have a set of rooms which are again not very good looking, okay. Like a luxurious hotel, you have beautiful rooms but a motel has very basic rooms with basic amenities and they are located on highways. Okay, so that’s a motel for you.

Then another type of hotel that we have is a guesthouse. A guesthouse is usually a private home which is converted for guest lodging. Okay so like for example, if I have a big, huge house and I would like to convert a couple of rooms of my house into a guest house, then, of course, it is a profitable business for me. Okay, so I will rent out the rooms as a guesthouse for guests to stay with me. Okay, again a guesthouse is not very expensive. Like the hotels, luxurious hotels are super expensive but not a guest house. So it’s quite inexpensive. Okay, so these are inexpensive rooms which are available in a private home. Okay so these are the types of hotels and accommodation and now let’s have a look at types of rooms.

Now when you are booking a hotel for your stay, you will always have options of different types of rooms and if you’re confused what exactly these rooms really mean, then I’m sure this will clear your doubts. The first type of room that we have is a single room. A single room is perfect for one adult. So it is a basic room with one may be a queen size bed which is perfect for one adult. So that’s a single room. Then we have a double room. Double room is for double occupancy. Okay, so it’s perfect for a couple. It usually has a double bed or a king size bed.

The third type of room that we have a is twin sharing. So twin sharing is a room with two single beds. Okay, so don’t get confused between a double room and a twin sharing. a double room has a double bed or a king size bed which is perfect for a couple whereas twin sharing is like for example, you’ll are two boys or two girls out on a trip and staying in a twin sharing room, then the room has two single beds.

Then the last one that we have is a suite. Well, that’s how you’re supposed to pronounce this word. Many people do make a mistake while pronouncing this. The correct pronunciation is a suite. Now we have different types of suites in hotels. We have an executive suite, we have a honeymoon suite and we have a royal suite which is like extremely luxurious and way too good. So what is a suite? A suite is a set of rooms, a set of different rooms in a hotel. So a suite has probably a living room and then it has a nice, huge kitchen and then also have a nice, big balcony and then you have two different rooms or probably three different rooms. So it’s like a house, a nice big, beautiful, luxurious house but in a hotel. So that’s a suite for you. So if you are on your honeymoon, then I would suggest to book a nice honeymoon suite for yourself. Okay so these are the types of rooms that we have and now let’s have a look at some more words that would be helpful for you to talk about hotels and accommodation.

So here are some words that will be helpful to you. the first one is check-in. now the first thing that you do when you enter a hotel is you walk towards the reception or the front desk to check in. okay so when you go into a hotel, you enter the hotel, you go towards the reception desk or the front desk and then you say that, hey, I have a reservation in the name of Niharika and I would like to check in right now. Okay, so that’s the check-in.

Then we have a mini bar. Now you go to your hotel room and you spot a minibar. Mini bar is a small refrigerator with tiny bottles of alcohol and some snacks as well. Now make sure that you look at the rate card before using these bottles or snacks because they are quite expensive. If you go to a grocery store probably that’s not the price what the hotel rates are. So make sure you be careful before using stuff out of that mini bar. So a mini bar is a small refrigerator, okay.

Then we have room service. Now, what’s room service? Room service is where you can call and you can order for food to your room. That’s so cool. That’s amazing, right? You do not have to take that effort to go down to a restaurant and go eat. You can just call room service and you can order your food. So that’s room service for you. You can order food to your room and then we have housekeeping.

Housekeeping is cleaning staff. So, if you want your room to be cleaned. You want your bed to be made, then the housekeeping people would help you to do that. So if you are wanting to see your room nice and clean, then you can dial for housekeeping staff.

Then we also have, safe. Now a safe is something which you will find in the closet, in the wardrobe of a hotel room. Okay, it’s a small safety locker. So if you are carrying a lot of money or if you are carrying, of course, your passport which is also a very important document or probably a lot of jewellery and you would like to keep it safe. Then you can use the service that the hotel provides, which is called as a safe, okay. Okay, so it ‘s a safety locker. Now, remember that all not all rooms or not all hotels provide these things. So you have to check before making reservations.

Then we have different amenities. Okay, now different amenities include a spa or a swimming pool in the hotel or laundry service. Okay, so these are the different amenities that the hotels provide. Usually, when you make a reservation online, these amenities are listed, okay. So, like whether the hotel has a pool, whether the hotel has a gym or if the hotel has a spa or there are various things. Even the internet connection or the internet access which is Wi-Fi. Okay, so these are the different amenities that you can talk about.

Then the last thing that you do is, you had a wonderful stay and now it’s time to check out. So check out is that you pack your bags and then you leave your room and you head towards the reception or the front desk for checkout. So check out is basically when you are leaving. So this is the time when you will pay for your stay. Now it really depends. Nowadays, hotels also take payments at the check-in time but if you have any other more expenses that need to be paid off, then you would do that at the checkout time.

Okay, so these are the most common words that are related to hotels and accommodation. So the next time, you are staying in a hotel, hope this lesson comes to your mind and you do use these words in your vocabulary. I’ll be back with a new lesson soon, till then you take care.



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