16. At the Hotel, Local Knowledge

13. května 2009 v 15:32 |  AJ
16. At the hotel, local knowledge

There are some differences between hotel for businessman on travel or family on holiday. Everyone have their own requests. For example for manager is important internet connection, quiet room for meeting.

For family is important the price of the hotel for room or services, place for parking in area of hotel or near the hotel, when it is family with kids they need some place where parents can take a seat, have o coffee and watch their kids how they are playing on the kids place.
Everyone choose hotel in line with atmosphere (if the hotel is large, streamline and modern or small, traditional and intimate). By location, if the hotel is in centre, or out of town or in quiet side street.

There are some facilities which you can request from the hotel and you can use them to choose the right hotel right for you:
Buffet, 24-hour coffee shop, fitness centre, free car parking, sauna, swimming pool, video movies, hotel restaurant.

Types of hotels

ETAP is a European chain of hotels owned by the Accor Group. There are several branches in major cities and close to transport hubs like the Eurotunnel
The rooms are simply and in most cases the walls are whitewashed; they include a small desk, television (sometimes with cable/international channels) with a bunk bed, a shower and a toilet.
All ETAP hotels have a breakfast area, a reception and an automatic reception for out of hours check-ins. There are over 370 hotels together in Europe and Asia, most of them are in France.

Formule 1
Hotel Formule 1 is an international chain of "super low budget" or "no frills" hotels owned by the Accor Group. Rooms are sold at around €29 per night.
There are 380 hotels in 13 countries. As with ETAP, most are located in France.
As with most hotels in this price range the doors and hotel entrances in Europe have coded locks.
On the Internet, you can book up to 2 rooms for 6 consecutive nights at the same Formule 1 hotel.
If you wish to book more rooms or more nights, you can make another reservation.

Hostel is cheap touristic accommodation, in most cases for students. Hostel is less privacy then hotels, they have shared bathroom, sleeping room and other equipment.
There are several differences between hostels and hotels. Some major advantages of hostels include:
 Hostels tend to be budget-oriented; rates are considerably lower, and many hostels have programs to share books, DVDs and other items.
 For those who prefer an informal environment, hostels do not usually have the same level of formality as hotels.
 For those who prefer to socialize with their fellow guests, hostels usually have more common areas and opportunities to socialize.

Local knowledge
You are the expert on the place where you live. And your visitor may expect you to know how to get to places and to explain local customs and habits.
Make him a list of customs and habits which might be different from their country. There are some tips:
 Eating - popular restaurants, meal times
 Public transport - how do you get tickets?
 Shopping - where to buy food, clothes and where are supermarkets.
 Work - what kind of clothes to wear, office hours.
 Entertainments - where can you go dancing, drink coffee.
 Sports - where can you play tennis, swim, work out.
You can prepare for your visitor a list of some famous local names or people who are well-known in your country and other important information, for example:
Local politicians, capital and largest city, official languages, government, area, population and time zone. Are also important phone numbers to the police, fire department and ambulance. If he drive car in your country, tell him about traffic laws, for example: speed limits.
Here are some phrases you can use when giving directions:
 It will take about 20 minutes on foot.
 It is a bit complicated; I would better show you on the map.
 Continue along that road for three blocks till you come to a church.
The visitor needs to know how to get to all the important parts of your town or city. Draw a rough street plan before you start - or the host could draw the map for the visitor as he or she explains how to get to each place.


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