Beginner English Language Practice: In a Motel / Hotel

Key in lock on motel room door, close-up
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Make sure to understand the use of the verb 'like' when checking-in to a hotel, as well as how to ask polite questions with the modal verbs 'can' and 'may'. Understanding vocabulary related to travel will help you communicate when you are in a motel or a hotel.

Getting a Room for the Night

Desk clerk: Good evening. Can I help you?
Guest: Yes, please. I'd like a room for the night.
Desk clerk: Would you like a single room, or a double room?


Guest: A single room, please. How much is the room?
Desk clerk: It's $55 per night.
Guest: Can I pay by credit card?
Desk clerk: Certainly. We take Visa, Master Card and American Express. Could you fill in this form, please?
Guest: Do you need my passport number?
Desk clerk: No, just an address and your signature.
Guest:  (fills out the form) Here you are.
Desk clerk: Here's your key. Your room number is 212.
Guest: Thank you.
Desk clerk: Thank you. If you need anything, dial 0 for the reception area. Have a good stay!

Key Vocabulary

  • Can I help you?
  • I'd like a room
  • Single, double room
  • Can I pay by credit card?
  • Fill in this form
  • Passport number
  • Room number
  • Reception
  • Where is the...
  • Elevator
  • Lobby
  • Is breakfast included?
  • Do you offer room service?