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Booking a Hotel in French

Updated on February 20, 2013
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Paris from L'arc de Triomphe | Source

Of course many people overseas, particularly in the tourism industry, can and will speak English to travellers, however, knowledge of languages other than our own is of great importance, and communicating in foreign tongues can be fun and enlightening, broadening our sense of culture and our connection with the location into which we have travelled. Below are some simple French phrases that may assist you both in booking a hotel and hopefully achieving this deeper travellers' experience.

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Try a phone conversation in another language | Source

Possible Hotel Dialogue

So you (C) ring up a hotel (H) with an inquiry and an intention to book a room. Here's how the conversation might go:

  • H: Bonjour, comment puis-je vous aider?

    (Hello, how can I help you?)


  • C: Bonjour. Avez-vous des chambres disponibles?

    (Hello. Do you have any rooms available?)


  • H: Oui. Pour combien de personne?

    (Yes. For how many people?)


  • C: Je voudrais une chambre pour deux personnes avec un grand lit et une salle de bains, s’il vous plait, pour sept nuits à partir de demain au 5 Juillet. Quel est le prix par nuit?

    (I'd like a room for two people with a double bed and a bathroom, please, for seven nights from tomorrow to July 5th. What's the price per night?)


  • H: Trente euros.

    (Thirty euros.)


  • C: D’accord, je prends la chambre.

    (Okay, I'll take the room.)


  • H:Très bien. À demain, Monsieur/Mademoiselle.

    (Great. See you tomorrow, sir/miss.)


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Other useful grammar:

Hopefully your attempts to book hotels while away are straightforward, but it can never hurt to study some other words/phrases that might be of assistance when undertaking this task. You might find the following useful:


  • Le lit

    (Bed)


  • La douche

    (Shower)


  • Le bain

    (Bath)


  • Les escaliers

    (Stairs)


  • À l'étage/En bas

    (Upstairs/Downstairs)


  • Les draps

    (Sheets)


  • Vous acceptez animaux?

    (Do you accept animals?)


  • La suite présidentielle est libre?

    (Is the Presidential Suite available?)


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Visit the Eiffel Tower | Source
  • Le petit déjeuner est inclus dans le prix?

    (Is breakfast included in the price?)


  • Quelle est la différence entre les chambres à €200 et les chambres à €300.

    (What is the difference between the €200 room and the €300 room?)


  • L’hôtel est près de la gare/l’aéroport?

    (Is the hotel close to the train station/airport?)


  • Désolé(e), je ne parle pas français très bien.

    (Sorry, I don’t speak French very well.)


  • Quelle est l'heure limite d'occupation?

    (What’s the check-out time?)


  • Aujourd’hui

    (Today)


  • Demain

    (Tomorrow)


  • Le week-end prochain

    (Next weekend)


  • Matin

    (Morning)


  • Après-midi

    (Afternoon)


  • Soir

    (Evening)


  • Nuit

    (Night)

If you're interested in French or are keen to learn how to build your own phrases/questions, the following might be beneficial:

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