Spanish Hotel Vocabulary

This chapter of our Spanish phrasebook will help you make your stay in a Spanish hotel most enjoyable!

When you go to Spain or any other Spanish-speaking country on vacation, you sure need to soup up your active vocabulary in order to get the service you’d like to get. Let’s do it now! 

Asking about the facilities

Before you book a room at any hotel, make a call to verify that your vacation expectations will be met and the hotel can provide you with every facility you need to make your stay truly relaxing. 

Start with “Tienen…” and complete the questions with anything you need from this list:

  • bar – el bar (ehl bahr)
  • cashier – el cajero (ehl kah-HEH-roh)
  • concierge – el conserje (ehl kohn-SEHR-heh)
  • doorman – el portero (ehl pohr-TEH-roh)
  • elevator – el ascensor (ehl ah-sehn-SOHR)
  • fitness center - el gimnasio (ehl heem-NAH-see-yoh)
  • laundry/dry-cleaning service - la lavandería (lah lah-bahn-deh-REE-yah)
  • maid service - la gobernanta (lah goh-behr-NAHN-tah)
  • restaurant - el restaurante (ehl rrehs-tow-RAHN-teh)
  • swimming pool - la piscina (lah pees-THEE-nah)
  • valet parking - la atendencia del garaje (lah ah-tehn-DEHN-see-yah dehl gah-RAH-heh)

Hotel Room Amenities

Okay, the hotel meets your expectations. Now what? Proceed with requesting for the amenities in your room:

  • a single room - una habitación con una sola cama (oo-nah ah-bee-tah-thee-YOHN kohn OO-nah SOH-lah KAH-mah)
  • a double room - una habitación con dos camas (oo-nah ah-bee-tah-thee-YOHN kohn dohs KAH-mahs)
  • air conditioning - el aire acondicionado (ehl AH-yee-reh ah-kohn-dee-thee-yoh-NAH-thoh)
  • balcony - el balcón (ehl bahl-KOHN)
  • bathroom (private) - el baño privado (ehl BAH-nyoh pree-BAH-thoh)
  • safe (deposit box) - la caja fuerte (lah KAH-hah FWER-teh)
  • shower - la ducha (lah DOO-chah)
  • telephone - el teléfono (ehl teh-LEH-foh-noh)
  • television (color) - la televisión (en color) (lah teh-leh-bee-see-YOHN (ehn koh-LOHR))
  • toilet facilities - el baño (ehl BAH-nyoh)

And, of course, choose the view you want to see out of the window of your room:

  • on the courtyard - con vista al patio (kohn BEES-tah ahl PAH-tee-yoh)
  • on the garden - con vista al jardín (kohn BEES-tah ahl har-DEEN)
  • on the sea - con vista al mar (kohn BEES-tah ahl MAHR)

Immediate Needs

In case you need something when you already are in your hotel room, use the following tips. Start your request with one of the following and complete it with the Spanish name of the thing you’d like to get:

  • I would like… - Quisiera (kee-see-YEH-rah)
  • I need… - Me falta(n) (meh FAHL-tah(n)) – open the brackets if you need more than one item.
  • I need… – Necesito (neh-theh-SEE-toh)
  • an ashtray - un cenicero (oon theh-nee-THEH-roh)
  • a bar of soap - una barra de jabón (oo-nah BAH-rrah deh hah-BOHN)
  • a (beach) towel - una toalla (de baño) (oo-nah toh-WAH-yah (deh bah-nyoh))
  • a blanket - una manta (oo-nah MAHN-tah)
  • hangers - unas perchas (oo-nahs PEHR-chahs)
  • ice cubes - cubitos de hielo (koo-BEE-tohs deh YEH-loh)
  • a pillow - una almohada (oo-nah ahl-moh-AH-dah)
  • toilet paper - papel higiénico (pah-PEHL ee-hee-YEH-nee-koh)
  • tissues - pañuelos de papel (pah-nyoo-WEH-lohs deh pah-PEHL)
  • an electric adapter - un transformador (oon trahns-fohr-mah-DOHR)

Now you are all set for an amazing trip to any Spanish-speaking country! Are you planning on going there for Christmas? Hope our guide will help! Stay tuned for more phrase book tips!

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