2016-03-12newbie

Checking into a Hotel

Can you check into a hotel using only Chinese? In this lesson, we will learn some words and phrases which come in handy when traveling in China.

Check in is called 入住 [rù zhù] in Chinese, so when you enter a hotel you can tell the 前台接待员 [qián tái jiē dài yuán](front desk receptionist)this:

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1.
nǐ hǎo
你好
你好
Hello
 
I, me
yào
to want, to ask for
bàn lǐ
办理
辦理
to handle, to conduct
rù zhù
入住
入住
to check in (at a hotel etc)
 
 
2.
I, me
yào
to want, to ask for
rù zhù
入住
入住
to check in (at a hotel etc)
bīn guǎn
宾馆
賓館
guesthouse, hotel

1. Hello, I want to check in.
2. Hello, I want to check into the guesthouse.

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宾馆 [bīn guǎn] here means guesthouse. Let’s have a look at some related words:

  • 酒店 [jiǔ diàn] – hotel
  • 旅馆 [lǚ guǎn] - inn
  • 旅舍 [lǚ shè] - hostel
  • 青年旅舍 [qīng nián lǚ shè] – youth hostel

If you have booked a room you just need to inform the receptionist and everything will go smoothly. Here's an example of what you might say:

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I, me
yù dìng
预订
預訂
to book ahead
le
(completed action marker)
fáng jiān
房间
房間
room
 
I, me
jiào
to call, to be called
bǎo luó
保罗
保羅
Paul (name)
 

I booked a room. My name is Paul.

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Subj. + 叫 (jiào) + [Name] my name is…

叫 (jiào) means ”to call” or ”to be called”. You can use like this:

  • 她叫李好。[tā jiào lǐhǎo.] – Her name is Lihao.
  • 我爸爸叫汤姆。[wǒ bàba jiào tāngmǔ.] – My father’s name is Tom.

If you don't have a reservation on the other hand, you can ask the 前台接待员 [qián tái jiē dài yuán] for a room like this:

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qǐng wèn
请问
請問
Excuse me, may I ask...?
yǒu
to have, there is
kōng
empty
fáng jiān
房间
房間
room
ma
(question particle for "yes-no" questions)
 
I, me
xiǎng yào
想要
想要
to want to
one
ge
classifier for people or objects in general
big, large
chuáng
bed
fáng
room
 

Excuse me, do you have any vacant rooms? I want a room with a large bed.

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Other room types

  • 单人房 [dān rén fáng] – single room
  • 双人房 [shuāng rén fáng] – double room
  • 三人房 [sān rén fáng] – three bedded room
  • 家庭房 [jiā tíng fáng] – family room
  • 标准房 [biāo zhǔn fáng] – standard room
  • 商务房 [shuāng wù fáng] – business room

Next you better learn what to say when you want to check out, right?

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1.
I, me
xiǎng
to wish, to want
míng tiān
明天
明天
tomorrow
tuì fáng
退房
退房
to check out
 
 
2.
I, me
sān
3
3
yuè
month
shí bā
18
18
hào
day of a month
tuì fáng
退房
退房
to check out
 
 
3.
I, me
yào
to want, to ask for
tuì fáng
退房
退房
to check out

1. I want to check out tomorrow.
2. I want to check out on March 18th.
3. I want to check out.

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When you check into a hotel in China, you should show your passport.

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zhè
this, these
shì
is, are
I, me
de
(used after an attribute)
hù zhào
护照
護照
passport
 

This is my passport.

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However, some hotels cannot accommodate foreigner guests because they do not have the machine for scanning passports, so you must be careful.

Now that the check in is done, you might want 叫醒服务 [jiào xǐng fú wù](wake-up call service).

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qǐng
please (do sth)
míng tiān
明天
明天
tomorrow
zǎo shang
早上
早上
early morning
liù
6
6
diǎn
o'clock
jiào xǐng
叫醒
叫醒
to wake sb up
I, me
 

Please wake me up tomorrow morning at 6.

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请 + time + 叫醒我, means “I would like a wake-up call for (time)”.

Finally, let’s see some other words you may come across while staying at a hotel.

  • 停车场 [tíng chē chǎng] – parking lot
  • 餐厅 [cān tīng] – restaurant
  • 前台 [qián tái] – front desk
  • 电梯 [diàn tī] – elevator
  • 行李 [xíng lǐ] – luggage

Ok, now you can go relax in your room! Please enjoy!