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All the Phrasal Verbs and Idioms for checking into a hotel and discussing room preferences

We understand that navigating the world of hotels and discussing your room preferences might feel a bit daunting. But fear not – each interaction is a chance to improve your English skills and gain confidence. Whether you’re checking in, expressing your room choices, or seeking assistance, remember that taking these steps will only make you more proficient. Don’t be discouraged by the language barrier; everyone starts somewhere. Take a deep breath, and embrace this opportunity to learn and grow. The more you practice, the easier it becomes. Let’s delve into some essential phrases, idioms, and phrasal verbs to help you feel at ease when interacting at a hotel. Enjoy your stay and your language journey!” 🏨

Prepared with love by: My Personal English Coach

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Don’t worry, we’re here for you!

On this page, you’ll find the vocabulary that can help you speak with your Club Partners (other MPEC students you’ll be paired with for guided conversations).

If you feel like you need to prepare before the club session, you can review the content of this page in advance. We are your Coaches and we know you well! We know that using Idioms & Phrasal Verbs can be a real challenge, so those are often the language elements we’ll suggest you use 🙃

After the preparation (you’ll find both the vocabulary and the conversation questions on this page), we invite you to participate in the Club session. You have received an email with the ZOOM link for the session:

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If you want to practice more after the Club session, you can come back here to do the Follow Up activity (at the bottom of the page). Are you ready? Let’s begin!

B1-B2 Keywords for Hotels & Bookings

  • Reservation: A pre-arranged booking for a room at the hotel.
  • Check-In: The process of arriving at the hotel and registering as a guest.
  • Front Desk/Reception: The area where guests check in and out, and where hotel staff assist with inquiries.
  • Confirmation Number: The unique code provided when you make a reservation.
  • Identification: Documents, such as a passport or driver’s license, used to verify your identity during check-in.
  • Room Key/Card: The device that grants access to your room.
  • Bellboy/Porter: A hotel staff member who assists with luggage.
  • Lobby: The hotel’s main entrance and waiting area for guests.
  • Amenities: Facilities and services provided by the hotel, like Wi-Fi, gym, pool, etc.
  • Concierge: A hotel employee who assists guests with information and arrangements.

Discussing Room Preferences

  1. “I have a reservation under (your name).”
  2. “I’m here to check in.”
  3. “Could you please provide me with the confirmation number?”
  4. “Here is my identification.”
  5. “Do you have a room available for (number of nights)?”
  6. “Could I have a room with (specific feature)?”
  7. “I prefer a (single/double) bed.”
  8. “Is it possible to have a room on a higher/lower floor?”
  9. “Could I get a room with a view?”
  10. “Is breakfast included in my booking?”
  11. “Are there any amenities or facilities in the hotel?”
  12. “What time is check-out?” (check out = leaving the room)
  13. “Can I have an extra key/card for my room?”
  14. “Is there a safe in the room?”
  15. “Is the Wi-Fi included?”

Bed Sizes & Their Names (UK vs US)

Bed sizes can vary between the UK and the US, and the names for these sizes might differ as well. Here’s an explanation of different bed sizes and their names in both countries:

The UK

  1. Single Bed 👤: This is a small bed designed for one person. It’s commonly known as a “single” bed in the UK.
  2. Double Bed 👥: In the UK, a “double” bed refers to a larger bed designed for two people.
  3. King Bed 🤴👸: A “king” bed in the UK is a wider and more spacious bed compared to a double bed.
  4. Super King Bed 🌟👑: This is an even larger bed than a king bed, providing extra space for comfort.

The US

  1. Twin Bed 👤: Similar to the UK’s single bed, a “twin” bed in the US is designed for one person.
  2. Full Bed 👥: In the US, a “full” bed is larger than a twin bed but smaller than a queen bed.
  3. Queen Bed 👫: A “queen” bed in the US is a popular choice for couples, offering more space than a full bed.
  4. King Bed 🤴👸: The US also uses the term “king” bed for the largest standard bed size.
  5. California King Bed 🌴🤴👸: This is a variation of the king bed, longer but slightly narrower.

5 Idioms (with definitions and sample sentences)

  • Home away from home: A place, like a hotel, where you feel comfortable and at ease.
    • “This hotel has all the amenities; it’s like a home away from home.”
  • Hit the hay: To go to bed or sleep.
    • “After a long journey, I can’t wait to hit the hay in my hotel room.”
  • Booked solid: When all the rooms in the hotel are fully reserved.
    • “I’m sorry, but we’re booked solid for the weekend.”
  • Catch some Z’s: To get some sleep.
    • “I plan to catch some Z’s before exploring the city tomorrow.”
  • Get a wake-up call: To request the hotel staff to call and wake you up at a specific time.
    • “I need to wake up early, so I’ll ask for a wake-up call.”

Here come 10 Phrasal Verbs You May In A Hotel

  • Check in: To arrive at the hotel and complete the necessary procedures to become a guest.
    • “We’ll check in at the reception as soon as we arrive.”
  • Fill out: To complete a form with necessary information, often during check-in.
    • “Please fill out this form with your personal details.”
  • Settle in: To get comfortable in your hotel room.
    • “After unpacking, I like to settle in and relax.”
  • Look over: To examine or review something, such as hotel room options.
    • “Let’s look over the available room choices before deciding.”
  • Call down: To request something from the front desk, usually by phone.
    • “I’ll call down and ask for more towels.”
  • Turn in: To go to bed or retire for the night.
    • “I’m exhausted; I think I’ll turn in early tonight.”
  • Check out: To leave the hotel after settling the bill.
    • “We need to check out by 11 AM tomorrow.”
  • Move in: To start staying in a new place, like a hotel room.
    • “After we check in, we can move into our room.”
  • Hang up: To place a phone back on its receiver after making a call.
    • “Once I’ve called the front desk, I’ll hang up.”
  • Run out of: To have no more of something, like available rooms.
    • “Unfortunately, we’ve run out of rooms with a city view.”

Round 1 – Let’s Warm Up

  1. Have you ever stayed in a hotel with a bed size that surprised you? Why? What is the IDEAL bed size?
  2. Tell your partner about your most memorable hotel stay. Where was it? What made it so memorable? What were 2 things you LOVED about the hotel? What 2 things would you have liked to change?

Round 2: Let’s Explore it!

  • You are a hotel designer. Tell your partner about the new hotel you are designing, explain:
    • the location
    • the target public
    • the main attractions
    • the biggest difficulties you’re experiencing
    • the unique features it will have
    • the forecast for the hotel opening
    • the way the owners plan to attract tourists

Round 3: The Final One – We Role Play!

In pairs, take turns participating in a role play. First, one of you will be a tourist calling a hotel to

enquire about a hotel offer you found online (PDF A). The other student will provide information and answer all the questions. Then, please, switch roles and use the other pdf for the 2nd round.

After The Club: The Follow Up

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