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"Hotel" is a noun which is often translated as "hotel", and "pensión" is a noun which is often translated as "pension". Learn more about the difference between "hotel" and "pensión" below.
hotel(
oh
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tehl
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (general)
a. hotel
Nos quedamos en un hotel estupendo durante Semana Santa.We stayed at a wonderful hotel during Easter break.
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pensión(
pehn
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syohn
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (subsidy)
a. pension
Mi abuelo cobra su pensión a finales de mes.My grandfather draws his pension at the end of the month.
b. allowance
El gobierno subió las pensiones de invalidez en un 10%.The government raised disability allowances by 10%.
2. (rented living quarters)
a. accomodations
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Busco pensión para mí y mi hija de 10 años.I'm looking for accommodations for me and my ten-year-old daughter.
b. accommodation (United Kingdom)
Se ofrece pensión en la avenida de Barcelona.Accommodation available in Avenida de Barcelona.
c. guesthouse
¿Conoces alguna pensión barata en la ciudad?Do you know any cheap guesthouses in the city?
d. boarding house
Durante el trimestre, vive en una pensión cerca de la universidad.During term time, he lives in a boarding house near the university.
e. hostel
No quedan habitaciones libres en ninguna pensión.There are no vacant rooms in any of the hostels.
f. lodgings
Mi hijo está buscando pensión con una familia.My son is looking for lodgings with a family.
3. (pension)
a. room and board
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Most universities include room and board in the cost of tuition.La mayoría de las universidades incluyen la pensión en la colegiatura.
b. board and lodging (United Kingdom)
Este semestre voy a vivir en casa de un primo para no tener que pagar pensión.This semester I'm going to live with a cousin so as not to pay for board and lodging.
c. board (meals only) (United Kingdom)
¿Desea reservar la habitación con o sin pensión?Would you like to book your room with or without board?
4. (parking)
a. monthly parking lot
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
No hay estacionamiento en nuestra calle, así que dejamos el coche en una pensión.There's no parking on our street, so we leave our car in a monthly parking lot.
b. monthly car park (United Kingdom)
Cuando vengas de vacaciones, tendrás que dejar el coche en una pensión cerca de aquí.When you come on vacation, you'll need to leave your car in a monthly car park near here.
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