Let’s look at some phrases that might be useful to you while staying in a hotel in Italy.
In this lesson we’ll see:
Booking in Italy
Ho una prenotazione a nome di… means I have a reservation in the name of…
Replace the dots in “ho una prenotazione a nome di….” with the name that you made the booking under (probably your name!).
Notazione means “notification”, so a prenotazione is a “pre-notification” or pre-booking; in other words, a reservation.
The Italian for Map
Ha una mappa? in Italian means Do you have a map?
Ha una mappa? is a formal way of asking for a map. We’ll look at formal vs informal more later on. But for now, you can always use the formal version without any problems.
- Mappa is a feminine noun. Because it’s feminine, you’ll have to use the feminine articles (la mappa, una mappa) rather than il and un.
Asking When Breakfast Is in a Hotel in Italy
Quand’è la colazione? is Italian for When is breakfast? (What time is breakfast?)
In Italian quand’è is the abbreviation of quando è (“when is”). The only difference between the two is that “quand’è” is more commonly used, because it’s shorter.
We’ve already looked at similar abbreviations to quand’è, which were cos’è anddov’è.
- Italian words which end in “zione” are usually femminine words (we’ve already looked at stazione, informazione, and now colazione.
Asking the Hotel to Call You a Taxi
Potrebbe chiamarmi un tassi? in Italian means Can you call me a taxi?
If you don’t remember the Italian word “tassi”, you can always use the word “taxi” which is sometimes also used in Italy.
“Potrebbe” is the polite way to ask someone to do something; it means “could you”.
- Chiamare means “to call”, the “mi” in “chiamarmi” refers to yourself, similar to “me” in “Can you call me a taxi”. So, bascially, chiamarmi means “call me”.
How to Ask What Time Checkout Is in Your Hotel
A che ora è il check out? is Italian for What time is check out?
Now, you already know two ways (“quand’è” and “a che ora è”) of asking a time in Italian.
Che ora è means what time is it?
Common answers could be:
- È alle dieci (at ten o’clock)
- È alle undici (at eleven o’clock)
- È alle dodici or a mezzogiorna (at twelve o’clock/noon)
Italian for “I’d Like to Check Out”
Vorrei fare il check out is Italian for I’d like to check out.
- Fare is a verb that means “to do”.
Translate the following sentences into Italian.
Click the link below to view the answers. But have a go first!
- Excuse me! What time is it?
- I have a reservation in the name of Richard Williams.
- I’d like a coffee.
- Scusi! Che ora è?
- Ho una prenotazione a nome di Richard Williams.
- Vorrei un caffè.