Describe a special hotel you stayed in

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a special hotel you stayed in.

You should say
Where is it?
Why you went there?
What is it like?
Explain how you felt about it.

Note: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Model Answers and follow up questions to Describe a special hotel you stayed in. with IELTS cue card:

Model Answer 1

Where is it? and What it is like?

  • I am a student, so I do not get a lot more chance to visit new places and stayed in hotels. 
  • But, here I am going to talk about a hotel that I visited in 2019 with my family during summer vacations. 
  • The hotel’s name is the Holiday Inn Resort. 
  • It is located on the picturesque beach on the south side of Goa. 
  • The main feature of this resort is, it is very close to the railway station and the airport. 
  • Room prices are very affordable. Hotel management provides special services for kids, such as they provide children care service and children’s activity area with full security. 
  • It is the best of wedding parties, private dinners, and conferences. 

Why you went there?

  • One and a half years ago, in June, I went there with my family because one of my friends suggested it and told me about the various services that the hotel provides at a minimum price. 
  • We booked two rooms there. The room service was excellent. 
  • Hotel management is always ready to fulfill Customer’s Every request within minutes. 
  • The food in the resort was delicious. 

How did you feel about it?

  • I felt very comfortable and satisfied with all services. 
  • I enjoyed the whole tour very much and clicked on many pictures.
  • I bought clothes and some antique items. 
  • I recommend this hotel to many people. 

Model Answer 2


  • Last to last year, my parents and I went to Andaman and Nicobar Islands during the winter vacations.
  • It was very cold in Punjab, and we needed a break from the cold weather.

Where is it?

  • However, it was a last-minute plan, and we didn’t have a hotel reservation.
  • We thought we would just get the room after reaching there.

Why you went there?

  • Unfortunately, most of the cheap hotels were already fully booked, because of the holiday season and as there was a medical convention in Port Blair.
  • So, for the first time in our life, we stayed in a five-star hotel.
  • It was a part of TAJ hotel chains.

What is it like?

  • Before the stay, I had always thought that five-star hotels are just a waste of money.
  • But the experience completely changed my opinion.
  • The rooms were actually individual cottages on the beachside.
  • The beach water was so blue that it was unbelievable.
  • We could actually see all the fish in the water.
  • The room service was also incredible.
  • It was like there was a special person just allotted to our cottage.
  • As soon as we ordered something, one of the hospitability staff brought it to us.
  • But the most unforgettable part of the experience was the breakfast.
  • It was one of the most elaborate breakfast buffets I ever had.
  • There were nearly ten different cuisines available from Indian to Chinese to Continental.
  • I don’t think there was one dish; I could have rated average.
  • There were all very delicious.
  • We all ate much more than we should have.

How did you feel about it?

  • Actually, we had decided to switch to one of the cheaper hotels if they were available.
  • But, because of our experience, we decided to extend our stay at the hotel, despite the cost.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe a special hotel you stayed in”.

1. Do the ratings of people influence their choice?
Yes, I think most people look at hotel ratings before making a reservation. I believe it is very difficult to judge how the stay experience would be just by looking at the hotel and room pictures.

2. How do people reserve rooms?
I think people make reservations through internet websites like Goair, Ibibo, Trivago, Oyo etcetera. Some people also make reservations through the telephone.

3. What influences people’s choice of hotels?
I think many factors influence people’s choices. The two main factors are the price of the rooms and the amenities available like air conditioning, TV, locker and so on. Internet ratings and reviews are also a major consideration nowadays.

4. What’s the difference between hotels in your country and hotels abroad?
I don’t think there is any particular difference in hotels. Today, there are hotels from chains like Taj, Hilton, Marriot all over the world. The design may vary depending upon the location, for example, beaches, hillsides etcetera. But as India has all these types of locations, nearly all types of hotels are available here.

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