Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Hotel Vocabulary and exercises - Howard - 052-3485156

Hotel Vocabulary.   Howard - 052-3485156 

Word
part of speech
Meaning
Example sentence
adjoining rooms
noun
two hotel rooms with a door in the centre
If you want we can book your parents in an adjoining room.
amenities
noun
local facilities such as stores and restaurants
We are located downtown, so we are close to all of the amenities.
attractions
noun
things for tourists to see and do
The zoo is our city's most popular attraction for kids.
baggage
noun
bags and suitcases packed with personal belongings
If you need help with your baggage we have a cart you can use.
Bed and Breakfast
noun
a home that offers a place to stay and a place to eat
I can book you into a beautiful Bed and Breakfast on the lake.
bellboy
noun
a staff member who helps guests with their luggage
The bellboy will take your bags to your room for you.
book
verb
arrange to stay in a hotel
I can book your family in for the weekend of the seventh.
booked
adj
full, no vacancies
I'm afraid the hotel is booked tonight.
brochures
noun
small booklets that provide information on the local sites and attractions
Feel free to take some brochures to your room to look at.
check-in
verb
go to the front desk to receive keys
You can check-in anytime after four o'clock.
check-out
noun
return the keys and pay for the bill
Please return your parking pass when you check-out.
complimentary breakfast
noun
free of charge
All of our rooms have complimentary soap, shampoo, and coffee.
cot, rollaway bed
noun
a single bed on wheels that folds up
If you need an extra bed, we have cots available.
damage charge
noun
money a guest owes for repairs to hotel property (when caused by violent or careless acts)
We will have to add a damage charge for the hole you put in the wall.
deposit
noun
amount paid ahead of time to secure a reservation
You will not receive your deposit back if you cancel.
double bed
noun
a bed large enough for two people
They are a family of four, so give them a room with two double beds.
floor
noun
a level of the building
The swimming pool is on the main floor.
front desk, reception
noun
the place where guests go to check in and out and to get information
Towels are available at the front desk.
guest
noun
a person that is staying at the hotel
Our washrooms are for guests only.
hostel
noun
a very inexpensive place for backbackers and travelers on a budget
In the hostel you probably won't get your own room.
hotel manager
noun
person in charge at the hotel
I'll let you make your complaint to the hotel manager.
housekeeping, maid noun
staff members that clean the rooms and linen
Put a sign on the door if you want housekeeping to come in and change the sheets on the bed.
ice machine
noun
a machine that automatically makes ice that guests can use to keep drinks cold
There is an ice machine by the elevator on all of the even numbered floors.
indoor pool
noun
place for guests to swim inside the hotel
The heated indoor pool is open until 10 pm.
inn
noun
another word for "hotel"
There's an inn on the other side of town that has a vacancy.
Jacuzzi, hot tub, whirl pool
noun
a small hot pool for relaxation
Our honeymoon room has a personal hot tub.
king-size bed
noun
extra large bed
A room with a king size bed costs an extra ten dollars a night.
kitchenette
noun
a small fridge and cooking area
Your room has a kitchenette so you can prepare your own breakfasts and lunches.
late charge
noun
a fee for staying past the check-out time
You will be charged a ten dollar late charge for checking out after 11 am.
linen
noun
sheets, blankets, pillow cases
We will come in and change the linens while you are out of your room.
lobby
noun
large open area at the front of the hotel
You can stand in the lobby and wait for your bus.
luggage cart
noun
a device on wheels that guests can push their luggage on
Please return the luggage cart to the lobby when you are finshed with it.
maximum capacity
noun
the most amount of people allowed
The maximum capacity in the hot tub is ten people.
motels
noun
accommodations that are slightly cheaper than hotels
Our motel is very clean and is close to the beach.
noisy
adj
loud
The guests next to you have complained that you are being too noisy.
parking pass
noun
a piece of paper that guests display in the car window while in the hotel parking lot
Display this parking pass in your window to show that you are a hotel guest.
pay-per-view movie
noun
extra charge for movies and special television features
If you order a pay-per-view movie, the charge will appear on your bill.
pillow case
noun
the covering that goes over a pillow
Room 201 doesn't need their sheets changed, but they requested one new pillow case.
queen size bed
noun
bed with plenty of space for two people (bigger than a double)
They have a queen size bed so the small child can eaily fit in the middle.
rate
noun
cost of renting a room for a certain time period
Our rates change depending on the season.
reservation
noun
a request to save a specific room for a future date
They say they made a reservation but it doesn't show on the computer.
room service
noun
delivery of food or other services requested by guests
If you would like a bottle of wine, just call room service.
sauna
noun
a hot room for relaxation, filled with steam
We don't recommend bringing young children into the sauna.
single bed
noun
a bed for one person
The economy priced room includes one single bed.
sofa bed, pull-out couch
noun
a bed built into a sofa or couch
The room contains a sofa bed so the room actually sleeps five.
towels
noun
used to cover and dry the body after swimming or bathing
You can get your swimming pool towels at the front desk.
vacancy
noun
vacant
adj
available rooms
We only have one vacancy left, and it is for a single room.
valet
noun
staff that parks the guests' vehicles
If you leave your car keys with us, the valet will park your car underground.
vending machine
noun
a machine that distributes snacks and beverages when you insert coins
The vending machine on the fifth floor has chocolate bars and chips.
view
noun
a window that offers a nice image for guests
The room is more expensive because it has a spectacular view of the beach.
wake up call
noun
a morning phone call from the front desk, acts as an alarm clock
What time would you like your wake up call?
weight room, workout room, gym
noun
a room that guests can use for exercise and fitness
Our weight room has a stair climber and a stationary bicycle.


Hotel Vocabulary Quiz

1
If you've never been to this city, you should take a look at our   a) menu b) brochures c) front desk d) inn
B
2
We do not have a service. You'll have to park your car yourself.

3
The room has a pull couch, so it will sleep an extra person.

4
We don't have any vacancies. We are completely .

5
After your long conference you can relax in the .

6
I'll call housekeeping and ask them to bring you some fresh .

7
If you need to do your workout we have a on the third floor.

8
I'll let you voice your complaint about the rate to the .

9
Please put your used in the basket and leave unused ones hanging on the rack.

10.
If you need a midnight snack there's a full of potato chips on your floor.



Taking a Reservation

Front Desk Receptionist

  • Enterprise Hotels, Lise speaking. How can I help you?
  • What date are you looking for?
  • How long will you be staying?
  • How many adults will be in the room?
  • I'm afraid we are booked that weekend.
  • There are only a few vacancies left.
  • We advise that you book in advance during peak season.
  • Will two double beds be enough?
  • Do you want a smoking or non-smoking room?
  • The dining room is open from 4 pm until 10 pm.
  • We have an indoor swimming pool and sauna.
  • We serve a continental breakfast.
  • Cable television is included, but the movie channel is extra.
  • Take Exit 8 off the highway and you'll see us a few kilometers up on the left hand side.
  • The rate I can give you is 99.54 with tax.
  • We require a credit card number for a deposit.

Guest

  • I'd like to make a reservation for next week.
  • Is it necessary to book ahead?
  • Do you charge extra for two beds?
  • How much is it for a cot?
  • Do you offer free breakfast?
  • Is there a restaurant in the hotel?
  • Do the rooms have refrigerators?
  • Do you do group bookings?
  • Is there an outdoor pool?
  • Do you have any cheaper rooms?
  • When is it considered off- season?

Sample Conversation

Receptionist:
Thanks for calling Quality Inn. Morine speaking.
Caller:
Hello. I'm interested in booking a room for the September long weekend.
Receptionist:
I'm afraid we're totally booked for that weekend. There's a convention in town and we're the closest hotel to the convention centre.
Caller:
Oh, I didn't realize. Well what about the weekend after that?
Receptionist:
So... Friday the seventeenth?
Caller:
Yes. Friday and Saturday.
Receptionist:
It looks like we have a few vacancies left. We recommend that you make a reservation, though. It's still considered peak season then.
Caller:
Okay. Do you have any rooms with two double beds? We're a family of four.
Receptionist:
Yes, all of our rooms have two double beds. The rate for that weekend is $129 dollars a night.
Caller:
That's reasonable. And do you have cots? One of my daughters might be bringing a friend.
Receptionist:
We do, but we also charge an extra ten dollars per person for any family with over four people. The cot is free.
Caller:
Okay, but I'm not positive if she is coming. Can we pay when we arrive?
Receptionist:
Yes, but we do require a fifty dollar credit card deposit to hold the room. You can cancel up to five days in advance and we will refund your deposit.
Caller:
Great, I'll call you right back. I have to find my husband's credit card.
Receptionist:
Okay. Oh, and just to let you know...our outdoor pool will be closed, but our indoor pool is open.

Check your understanding

1
Why did the caller phone this hotel?
2
Why can't the caller stay at the hotel on the September long weekend?
3
Why does the caller have to hang up and call back?


Checking Guests In and Out

Check In

Front Desk Receptionist

  • What name is the reservation under?
  • How long will you be staying?
  • Are you planning on checking out tomorrow?
  • I'm afraid you can't check in until after 4:00 pm.
  • What type of vehicle are you driving?
  • Do you know the license plate number of your vehicle?
  • Complimentary breakfast is served in the lobby between 8 and 10 am.
  • I'll give you two room keys.
  • The dining room is on the main floor at the end of the hall.
  • The weight room and sauna are on the top floor.
  • Just call the front desk if you need any extra towels or pillows.

Guest

  • We have a reservation under Jill McMann.
  • Do you have any vacancies?
  • Is the hotel booked, or can we get a room for tonight?
  • How do we get to our room from here?
  • Is it okay to park out front?
  • What time is the pool open until?
  • What time is breakfast served at?
  • Is it too early to check in?
  • Can we get a wake-up call?
  • When is check out time?

Check Out

Front Desk Receptionist

  • Are you ready to check out?
  • What room were you in?
  • How was your stay?
  • Was everything satisfactory?
  • Will you be putting this on your card?
  • And how will you be paying for this?
  • Would you like to speak to the hotel manager on duty?
  • I'll just need your room keys, please.
  • Enjoy the rest of your holiday.
  • Have a safe trip home.

Guest

  • We're checking out of room 401.
  • Sorry we're a bit late checking-out.
  • I'm afraid we overslept/slept in.
  • We really enjoyed our stay.
  • We have a few complaints.
  • We'll be back next time we're in town.

Sample Conversation


Receptionist:
Hi there. Are you checking out now?
Guest:
Yes, sorry. I know we're a few minutes late.
Receptionist:
That's no problem. It's always really busy at check out time anyway.
Guest:
Oh, really. The last hotel we stayed in charged us for a late check out.
Receptionist:
The hotel isn't booked this week, so it's not a problem. How was everything?
Guest:
The room was great. The beds were really comfortable, and we weren't expecting our own fridge.
Receptionist:
I'm glad you liked it.
Guest:
The kids were disappointed that the pool wasn't open this morning, though.
Receptionist:
I apologize for that. We can't get a cleaner in any earlier than 10 am.
Guest:
Well we had a nice swim last night anyhow.
Receptionist:
Will you be putting this on your credit card?
Guest:
No. I'll pay cash.
Receptionist:
OK. So the total comes to $123.67, including tax.
Guest:
I thought it was $115 even. That's what they said yesterday when we checked in.
Receptionist:
Yes, but there is an extra room charge on your bill.
Guest:
Oh, I forgot. My husband ordered a plate of nachos. Sorry.
Receptionist:
No problem. So...from $140, here's your change. Now, I'll just need to ask you for your room keys.

Check your understanding

1
Why does the guest apologize when she arrives at the front desk?
2
Which of the following did the woman's family NOT like about the hotel?
3
What was the woman charged for besides the room rate?



Receptionist:
Hi there. Are you checking out now?
Guest:
Yes, sorry. I know we're a few minutes late.
Receptionist:
That's no problem. It's always really busy at check out time anyway.
Guest:
Oh, really. The last hotel we stayed in charged us for a late check out.
Receptionist:
The hotel isn't booked this week, so it's not a problem. How was everything?
Guest:
The room was great. The beds were really comfortable, and we weren't expecting our own fridge.
Receptionist:
I'm glad you liked it.
Guest:
The kids were disappointed that the pool wasn't open this morning, though.
Receptionist:
I apologize for that. We can't get a cleaner in any earlier than 10 am.
Guest:
Well we had a nice swim last night anyhow.
Receptionist:
Will you be putting this on your credit card?
Guest:
No. I'll pay cash.
Receptionist:
OK. So the total comes to $123.67, including tax.
Guest:
I thought it was $115 even. That's what they said yesterday when we checked in.
Receptionist:
Yes, but there is an extra room charge on your bill.
Guest:
Oh, I forgot. My husband ordered a plate of nachos. Sorry.
Receptionist:
No problem. So...from $140, here's your change. Now, I'll just need to ask you for your room keys.

Check your understanding

1
Why does the guest apologize when she arrives at the front desk?
2
Which of the following did the woman's family NOT like about the hotel?
3
What was the woman charged for besides the room rate?