a place where you pay to sleep and eat:
I stayed at a hotel near the airport.
ho‧tel S2 W1 /həʊˈtel $ hoʊ-/ BrE AmE noun [countable]
[Date: 1600-1700; Language: French; Origin: hôtel, from Old French hostel; ⇨ ↑hostel]
a building where people pay to stay and eat meals:
I’ve booked the flights and the hotel.
We’ll be at the Hotel Ibis.
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▪ stay at/in a hotel We stayed in a hotel near the airport.
▪ check into a hotel (also book into a hotel British English) He checked into the hotel a little after 2 pm.
▪ check out of a hotel (=leave a hotel) We packed and checked out of the hotel.
▪ run/manage a hotel They run a small hotel in Cornwall.
■ hotel + NOUN
▪ a hotel room She was watching TV in her hotel room.
▪ a hotel suite (=a set of rooms in a hotel) The singer was staying in a luxury hotel suite.
▪ hotel accommodation British English, hotel accommodations American English (=rooms in a hotel) The price includes hotel accommodation.
▪ a hotel guest Hotel guests have free use of the gym and pool.
▪ the hotel restaurant/bar/gym The hotel bar was empty.
▪ the hotel reception/lobby She waited for him in the hotel lobby.
▪ a luxury hotel (=an expensive and comfortable hotel) a luxury hotel in central London
▪ a two-star/three-star etc hotel (=a hotel that has been given a particular rating) On our honeymoon, we stayed in a four-star hotel in Paris.
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▪ hotel a building where people pay to stay and eat meals: We’re staying at a hotel in Salzburg. | the Plaza Hotel in New York | a four-star hotel
▪ motel a hotel for people travelling by car, usually with a place for the car near each room: the Palm Court Motel on Highway 23
▪ inn a small hotel, especially an old one in the countryside. Also used in the names of some big modern hotels: an 18th-century country inn | the Holiday Inn
▪ bed and breakfast (also B & B) a private house or small hotel, where you can sleep and have breakfast: There’s a nice bed and breakfast in the village. | I’ve got a list of bed and breakfasts from the tourist information.
▪ guesthouse a private house where people can pay to stay and have meals: We stayed in a well-run guesthouse near the sea.
▪ hostel/youth hostel a very cheap hotel where people can stay for a short time while they are travelling. Hostels are used especially by young people: New Zealand has a network of small hostels, ideal for backpackers.
hotel [hotel hotels] [həʊˈtel] [hoʊˈtel] noun
1. a building where people stay, usually for a short time, paying for their rooms and meals
• We stayed at/in a hotel.
• hotel rooms/guests
• a two-star/five-star, etc. hotel
• a luxury hotel
• a friendly, family-run hotel
2. (AustralE, NZE) a pub
3. (IndE) a restaurant Some speakers do not pronounce the ‘h’ at the beginning of hotel and use ‘an’ instead of ‘a’ before it. This now sounds old-fashioned.
mid 18th cent.: from French hôtel, from Old French hostel, from medieval Latin hospitale, neuter of Latin hospitalis ‘hospitable’, from hospes, hospit- ‘host, guest’.
hotel noun C
• We stayed at a cheap hotel near the station.
motel • • guest house • • bed and breakfast/B and B/B & B • • hostel •
stay in/at a hotel/motel/guest house/bed and breakfast/hostel
check in at/check into/check out of a hotel/motel/bed and breakfast/hostel
run a hotel/motel/guest house/bed and breakfast/hostel
Travel and tourism
have/take (BrE) a holiday/(NAmE) a vacation/a break/a day off/(BrE) a gap year
go on/be on holiday/vacation/leave/honeymoon/safari/a trip/a tour/a cruise/a pilgrimage
plan a trip/a holiday/a vacation/your itinerary
book accommodation/a hotel room/a flight/tickets
have/make/cancel a reservation/(especially BrE) booking
rent a villa/(both BrE) a holiday home/a holiday cottage
(especially BrE) hire/ (especially NAmE) rent a car/bicycle/moped
stay in a hotel/a bed and breakfast/a youth hostel/a villa/(both BrE) a holiday home/a caravan
cost/charge $100 a/per night for a single/double/twin/standard/(BrE) en suite room
check into/out of a hotel/a motel/your room
pack/unpack your suitcase/bags
call/order room service
cancel/cut short a trip/holiday/vacation
apply for/get/renew a/your passport
take out/buy/get travel insurance
catch/miss your plane/train/ferry/connecting flight
fly (in)/travel in business/economy class
make/have a brief/two-day/twelve-hour stopover/(NAmE also) layover in Hong Kong
experience/cause/lead to delays
check (in)/collect/get/lose (your) (especially BrE) luggage/(especially NAmE) baggage
be charged for/pay excess baggage
board/get on/leave/get off the aircraft/plane/ship/ferry
taxi down/leave/approach/hit/overshoot the runway
experience/hit/encounter severe turbulence
suffer from/recover from/get over your jet lag/travel sickness
The tourist industry
build/develop/visit a tourist/holiday/(especially BrE) seaside/beach/ski resort
work for/be operated by a major hotel chain
be served by/compete with low-cost/(especially NAmE) low-fare/budget airlines
book sth through/make a booking through/use a travel agent
contact/check with your travel agent/tour operator
book/be on/go on a package deal/holiday/tour
buy/bring back (tacky/overpriced) souvenirs
• The hotel features a beautiful dining room overlooking the lake.
• The hotel is fully air-conditioned.
• The hotel is situated in the heart of the city.
• The hotel offers excellent facilities.
• We checked into the hotel, then went for a walk along the beachfront.
• We met at the hotel.
• We're staying at a cheap hotel near the station.
• We're staying in a two-star hotel in the centre of the city.
• a family hotel with a playground for small children
• a friendly family-run hotel
• a small country hotel
• all the style and comfort that only the best hotels can provide
• homeless families living in bed and breakfast hotels
• He owns a big hotel chain.
• I took a taxi back to my hotel.
• I'll collect my bags and check out of the hotel.
• It's a family-run hotel with a relaxed atmosphere.
• It's a five-star hotel.
• It's the poshest hotel I've ever stayed in.
• Most of the jobs are in the hotel and catering industry.
• She booked into a hotel near the conference centre.
• The hotel is about five miles from here.
• The trip includes two nights in a luxury hotel.
• There is a shortage of hotel accommodation in the city.
• This is a delightful hotel within easy reach of all amenities.
• We arranged to meet in the foyer of the hotel.
• We ended up in a seedy hotel next to the station.
• We had dinner in the restaurant of a large hotel.
• You can make phone calls from your hotel room.
Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
hotel / həʊˈtel / / hoʊ- / noun [ C ] (PLACE TO STAY)
A1 a building where you pay to have a room to sleep in, and where you can sometimes eat meals:
a four-star hotel
the Clarendon Hotel
We stayed in/at a hotel on the seafront.
hotel / həʊˈtel / / hoʊ- / noun [ C ] (PLACE TO DRINK)
Australian English a building where alcoholic drinks can be bought and drunk and where food is often available
hotel / həʊˈtel / / hoʊ- / noun [ C ] (PLACE TO EAT)
Indian English a restaurant
© Cambridge University Press 2013
Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.
A hotel is a building where people stay, for example on holiday, paying for their rooms and meals.
ho·tel /hoʊˈtɛl/ noun, pl -tels [count] : a place that has rooms in which people can stay especially when they are traveling : a place that provides food, lodging, and other services for paying guests
• check into a hotel
• check out of a hotel