Most hotels offer their guests many hotel facilities and amenities for their use and enjoyment. The facilities may include pools, sauna and steam room, a number of restaurants, a health center, tennis courts, putting greens, programs for children, a business center, etc. Throughout the course of the day a guest may ask a hotel employee about any one of them. Questions that guests might have are: does the hotel have a particular facility, where it is located, when are it’s hours of operation, how much does it cost, do the facility staff speak English, etc.

Guests may also ask about facilities or places outside the hotel. Such places may be a diving school, an historical site to visit, a hot night club, or a panoramic vista. The list could be endless. The more knowledgeable hotel staff are about the local facilities and points of interest, the better service they will be able to give to the guests.

Below are lists of various facilities or activities that guest may inquire about.

At the hotel In the community
Restaurants Cafés
Shopping Malls Scuba diving
Lounges Snorkeling
Spas Golf
Saunas Island Tours
Steam Rooms Boat Charters
Gift Shops Elephant Treks
Gym/Fitness Centers Zoo
Conference Rooms Museums
Swimming Pools Aquariums
Squash Courts Sea Kayaking
Tennis Courts Open Traditional Markets
Putting/chipping greens Nature treks
Children’s Programs Grocery Stores

Expressions- Hotel Facilities

Look at these examples of guests requests about facilities.

Question: Where can we (… see a good a good live band)?
Response: You might want to try (…The Saxophone Restaurant).

Question: I am looking for (… hot night club. Do you know of any)?
Response: Well, one of my favorite places is ( … The Pink Pony).

Question: Do you know where I can find (… fine jewelry)?
Response:You may enjoy shopping at (…The Diamond Shop).

Question: Could you recommend a (… good Italian restaurant)?
Response: I would highly recommend ( … Guido’s).

Question: Where’s a good place (… to see a movie)?
Response: Have you been to (…the cinema at Central Festival)?

Question: What is there to do (… here that is different)?
Response: What about a tour of (…James Bond Island)?

Dialogue

Guest: We’re looking for a good restaurant for dinner?
Staff: What kind of food are you interested in?
Guest: Since we are in Thailand, we want to try Thai food.
Staff: The Thai Thai Restaurant is always a good choice.
Guest: Thank you very much. We’ll try it.

Guest: Could you recommend a place to take our kids? They’re getting bored at the beach.
Staff: There’s a movie theater in Phuket Town at Central Festival they might enjoy.
Guest: Well maybe. Is there anything else more exciting?
Staff: Lots of kids seem to have a great time at the Go-Cart track.
Guest: No way. That’s way too dangerous.
Staff: Have they ever ridden an elephant?
Guest: No, but is it safe?
Staff: Oh, absolutely. The elephants are well trained and the trainer leads the elephant along the path. Riders are strapped into the seats with safety belts, just like in a car. And to be truthful, the rides are not that long- 30 minutes or so.
Guest: That sounds OK.

Guest: I need to check my e-mail. Is there an Internet café near here?
Staff: Certainly, sir. The Business Center at the hotel has Internet access.
Guest: Can I also surf the Internet there? I need to find some information for a meeting.
Staff: Absolutely sir.
Guest: Can I also save information to a disk or flash memory?
Staff: Of course.
Guest: Do you know what it cost?
Staff: To be honest sir, I don’t really know. But I’m sure it’s a nominal fee.
Guest: Ok, thank you.
Staff: My pleasure, sir.






Conversation Activities- Hotel Facilities

1. Role Play

Role play the following situations with a partner, with one partner taking the role of the guest and the other partner taking the role of the staff. The guest is seeking information about:

A place for dinner- Thai and Western food
An outdoor adventure
A movie
A tour to a nearby island
A night club
Clothes Shopping
Souvenir shopping
Exercise
Massage

2. Group Activity- Hotel Facilities, A Skit

Divide the class into groups of 2 or 3. Students work together to develop a skit (that is grammatically correct) about guests asking about facilities and accommodations inside and outside the hotel. Once the skit is developed, students present it to the teacher and the rest of class. The teacher judges the skit based on grammar, language use, originality, and acting ability. Be creative and have fun!

3. Whole Class Activity- Hotel Facilities, First To Know

The teacher writes the following activities on the board and describes an activity to the class. Students determine what the activity is by listening to the description. The first person to know the activity races to the board and circles the activity and puts in their initials in the circle. The student with the most initials wins.

In this activity a person …
Dancing Singing Riding an elephant
Snorkeling Scuba diving Parasailing
Dining Clothes shoppimng Visiting a zoo
Souvenir shopping Golf Squash
Surf the Internet Eat a light lunch Massage
Racing a small car Getting some sun Swimming

4. Discussion

Have a discussion about the facilities or accommodations at your hotel? Do guests asks for facilities or accommodations that the hotel does not provide? What are they? What action do the staff take- do they recommend other places? What is the quality of the facilities or accommodations at the hotel? How could they be improved? What facilities or accommodations should be added?

5. Game

Get into groups of four. One person starts and selects a topic and asks the person on his right for a suggestion. When answering, be sure to give a reason why you would go there. After an item has been selected and answered, put an X in the box. Continue around the table until all the items have been selected.

Go on an
island tour 

See a
movie 

Go out
to eat 

Go to a
festival 

Go
sailing 

Where would

you go

Go
snorkeling 

Go
shopping 

if you wanted

 

to ???

 

See historical
sites 

See the beauty
of nature 

Go to a
night club 

See Buddhist
temples 

Go to an
amusement park 

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