General Listening Quiz

"Hotel Reservations"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
easy hotel reservations man - woman 01:14

Pre-Listening Exercise

Finding a cheap hotel is important to budget travelers, for an Hawaiian honeymoon, adventure travel in the mountains, or for business in Europe. How do you find a budget hotel: through an online hotel reservations Web site, in a guidebook, or in the phone book? What questions do you ask when you call to make a hotel reservation?

Idioms

"roll out the red carpet" = give very special treatment to welcome guests
"The nice thing about the hotel is that they always roll out the red carpet for their guests."

"24-7" = twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
"The front desk is open 24-7 in case you need assistance."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The man finally makes a reservation for March _____.

Hotel Clerk: Okay, we do have a few rooms available on the 20th; we're full on the 22nd, unless you want a smoking room. Man: Well, how much is the non-smoking room on the 20th? Hotel Clerk: $80 dollars, plus the 10% room tax. Man: Okay, that'll be fine.

What kind of room does the man prefer?

Hotel Clerk: Well, would you like a smoking or a non-smoking room? Man: Non-smoking, please

Why doesn't he want to reserve the suite?

Man: Oh, that's a little too expensive for me. Do you have a cheaper room available either on the 20th or the 22nd?

The room costs ______ plus tax.

Hotel Clerk: $80 dollars, plus the 10% room tax.

How do you spell the man's name?

Man: Yes. Bob Maexner. Hotel Clerk: How do you spell your last name, Mr. Maexner? Man: M-A-E-X-N-E-R.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

Talk about a hotel where you stayed at least one night. How much did it cost to stay? Describe the room and the hotel facilities. Would you stay there again? Why or why not?

Online Investigation

Talk about a hotel where you stayed at least one night. How much did it cost to stay? Describe the room and the hotel facilities. Would you stay there again? Why or why not?

Choose a city that you want to visit and use the Internet to find three cheap, affordable accommodations (hotels, youth hostels, etc.) that interest you in that area. Then, compare prices, location, and amenities of each. Finally, decide where to stay based on the information you collected. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?