Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An establishment that provides lodging and usually meals and other services for travelers and other paying guests.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The letter H in the NATO phonetic alphabet. (This word is not translated, and is hotel in all languages.)
  • n. The larger red property in the game of Monopoly, in contradistinction to houses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A house for entertaining strangers or travelers; an inn or public house, of the better class.
  • n. In France, the mansion or town residence of a person of rank or wealth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A house for entertaining strangers or travelers; an inn; especially, an inn of some style and pretensions. See inn.
  • n. A private city dwelling; particularly, a large town mansion.
  • n. A public office or building: as, the Hôtel de Ville (city hall) in Paris.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a building where travelers can pay for lodging and meals and other services

Etymologies

French hôtel, from Old French hostel, hostel; see hostel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French hôtel. Compare hostel. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For an entire year early in his consulting career, Mr. Stewart stashed his ­belongings with his family and moved from hotel to ­hotel on assignment.

    Bogus Theories, Bad for Business

  • As his once splendid hotel was now occupied as a _hotel garni_, he hired a small chamber in the attic; it was but, as he said, changing his bedroom up two pair of stairs -- he was still in his own house.

    The Crayon Papers

  • Underground at New York's Greenwich Hotel, lantern lights reflect off the overhead beams of a 250-year-old wood-and-bamboo farmhouse, reconstructed by Japanese craftsmen to surround the pool and lounge area off the Shibui Spa, whose name the hotel translates as "a subtle and unobtrusive approach."

    You Lodgin' With Me?

  • "I think a hotel is an amazingly complimentary use."

    Hotel Plan Questioned

  • Each of the “rooms” of the hotel is an individual cake!

    Threadcakes winners announced! | Baking Bites

  • Because this hotel is a human institution to serve people, we hope that God will grant you peace and rest while you are under our roof.

    Michael Conniff: God in Grand Junction

  • Sitting nearly adjacent to the Staples Center, the hotel is a standout within the new LA LIVE entertainment and residential muti-plex and is hard to miss from the intersection of the I-110 and I-10 freeways.

    Evelyn Lee | Inhabitat

  • The breathing space lasted barely a breath: now another soulless behemoth of a hotel is being assembled, consuming the space, chewing out the sky.

    The absence of architecture « Squares of Wheat

  • We have arrived in California in one piece, and the promised wireless at the hotel is actual wireless at the hotel.

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • The door leading into the hotel is already open and I walk through it into a low, wide lobby.

    Excerpt: The Spanish Game by Charles Cumming

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