ESL Hotel Writing

There are some ESL hotel writing tasks on this page for you to do. When you do writing activities you are able to work at your own speed so you can think about and select the best words to use. You have time to make sure you are using the best vocabulary.

Use the ESL hotel writing tasks on this page to get better at using hotel vocabulary.

If you need to travel you might need to speak to people in English, and one area where you will need to do that is when sorting accommodation to stay in, which could be a hotel. To do this you will need to know and understand the vocabulary well. A good way to start to learn and understand it is by doing writing exercises. If at any point while doing the tasks on this page you are not sure what word to use, you can look at the ESL hotel vocabulary page.

There are the following four tasks for you to do on this page:

  • Writing topics.
  • Summary writing task.
  • Writing a description of a picture.
  • Writing a role-play.

ESL Hotel Writing Exercises

Exercise 1 – Writing Topics

In this ESL hotel writing exercise you need to choose one of the following topics and write as much as you can. Select a topic that you think would be interesting to write about. You can use the vocabulary page to help you, and try to form full sentences. If you want to, you can write about all three topics to get lost of practice.

  • Describe the people who work in a hotel.
  • Explain what happened the last time you visited a hotel.
  • Describe the different types of hotels from where you live.

Exercise 2 – Writing a Summary

For the next ESL hotel writing activity you need to read the following passage and then rewrite the information it contains. You should use new words and sentences but keep the information the same. A summary should be shorter than the original so just keep what is most important. 


Staying in a hotel should be an enjoyable experience. If the staff show a genuine interest in their visitors, it will encourage a return visit and the guests will pass on a recommendation to their friends.

However, sometimes returning to a hotel for a second visit, can be disappointing. New owners may not be offering the same high standards as the previous owners. Hotels seem to change hands frequently in some parts of the country, especially if they cannot attract enough guests to cover expenses.

The hotels situated in remote areas with small local populations need to build up a good reputation. This is done by advertising the outstanding natural beauty in the surrounding area and encouraging locals to use the dining room when it is the 'off' season or quiet time of year. Brochures, adverts in local guide books, adverts in timetables, visitor publications and by using the internet, will help to bring people into the area and enjoy the facilities that the hotel has to offer.

Some hotels allow guests to take their dogs into their bedrooms and provide 'doggy' beds. In mountainous parts of Britain, where tourists are attracted to climbing and walking holidays, hotels ask if guests will kindly remove their boots before entering the building.

After an energetic day walking, cycling or climbing, nothing is more welcome or important, when returning to a hotel than a cosy room, a relaxing bath and a good meal. Happy, interested and informative staff all make a visit memorable and encourage guests to return again to the same comfortable hotel.

Exercise 3 – Describing a Picture

In this ESL hotel writing activity you need to write as much as you can about the following picture. Describe what is happening and then explain what might have happened in the past and what might come in the future. Write as much as you can and use full sentences.

Exercise 4 – Writing Role-plays

For the final ESL hotel writing exercise you need to write a role-play and then you can perform it with a partner to get practice speaking. There are two role-play prompts and you should pick one of them. Each prompt gives you the people involved, where it happens and what is happening, so all you need to do is write the words that the people would say to each other.

Role-play 1

  • Location: At home.
  • Situation: Using the telephone to call a hotel and book a room.
  • Participants: Person calling the hotel and the hotel worker.

Role-play 2

  • Location: In a hotel.
  • Situation: A family are checking-in to a hotel and asking about their stay.
  • Participants: A family and a receptionist.

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