Staying at a Hotel (Adv)


Students will discuss the experience of staying at a hotel on a business trip.
Student Level: 
Unit Group: 
General Business - Trips

Warm Up (5 mins)

What kind of facilities do you expect to find in a five-star hotel?

What would you expect the rooms to be like?


Listening (5 mins)

Watch the following video.

1. Describe the features of the hotel and hotel room that you see.

Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article.

1. Do you think the author of the article is tall or short? Why?

2. Which points do you think the writer might be exaggerating? Why?

Conversation Skill (10 mins)

Confirming Information

Conversation Skill Point: 

We can use tag questions and other speaking techniques to confirm information.

Depending on your "degree of certainty", the tag question can be expressed with a falling intonation (high certainty) or rising intonation (low certainty).



High certainty

I can leave my car here, can't I? (falling intonation)

I assume I can leave my car here? (falling intonation)

Low certainty

I can leave my car here, can't I? (rising intonation)

I assume I can leave my car here? (rising intonation)

Practice confirming whether the following information is correct.

The hotel has three bedroom luxury suites.
The hotel has 24 hour room service.
All hotel rooms have a mini bar.
All hotel rooms have wi-fi access.
The hotel has a valet parking service.

Think of some other hotel facilities which you want to confirm.

Vocabulary (5 mins)

Room FeatureHotel Amenity

Role Play (15 mins)


Case Study (15 mins)

Imagine your boss has asked you plan an industry conference, sponsored by your organization.

You need to choose a five-star hotel as the venue for the event.

Your boss has suggested the Marrington Hotel downtown because he visited that location for a previous event and was impressed with the facilities.

According to the hotel website, the Marrington Hotel offers

  • Spacious conference rooms
  • Restaurants and coffee shops
  • Swimming pool and exercise room
  • Full business facilities
  • One and two bedroom hotel suites

Your task is to call the hotel to confirm whether or not the Marrington Hotel is suitable for your conference guests.

Points to consider:

  • Can the hotel arrange a formal private banquet event?
  • Is the conference room large enough for your purposes?
  • Can the hotel offer a room discount for conference guests

Be sure to use the confirmation strategies previously studied.

Extension Activity

Which factors do you consider when choosing a hotel for

a) business travel

b) private vacation travel

Are there any "must have" hotel facilities which help your decision?


Review and Quiz (5 mins)

Do you have any questions about this lesson?

What did you learn today?

Did you learn any new vocabulary or expressions?

Ask your instructor for tips on how you can improve your English.

Finally, don't forget to take the quiz after all your lessons are finished today.

Thank you !