For tourists who travel a lot, hotel context and the way of communicating with the staff is something familiar. Therefore, you won’t face cultural clash or misunderstanding most of the times even in Persian speaking countries. Receptionists usually speak English and maybe other languages such as Arabic and Turkish. However, if you decide to go to hostels or eco-lodges you may need to speak in Farsi. For this reason, relevant frequent phrases to request something or explaining a situation are added to this part. Some of the phrases are a bit long, but they can become a solution to your problems one day. Now it is time for a few tips before going to expressions:
– In majority of hotels in Iran, check-in starts at 10 AM and check-out is usually before noon, or 2 PM, but you’d better verify it before booking. It is also possible to fix everything by negotiation. So, arrange your arrival time and your needs with your hotel’s receptionist.
– In all hotels and other staying places, there is a storage in which you can leave your luggage. These storages are usually very safe and you can trust the hotel staff, but try not to leave your valuable stuffs in these storage rooms.
– Tipping is not common in Iran in most occasions. A hotel is one of those places in which you are expected to tip. Tipping the bellmen, those who are responsible to clean your room, or carry your luggage is an act that presents your gratitude for their services. Even if your stay in a place is not enjoyable, you’d better tip the workers in the hotel, then show your dissatisfaction in other ways such as commenting on their website or talking to the manager.
– Finally, because the hotel talks are usually very formal and follow specific politeness formula, all phrases that you will learn here are adjusted to the situation. You may get surprised to see that in most cases there are no words equivalent to “please”, but don’t worry for not using this magic politeness word because saying “please” is unnecessary, while talking in Farsi according to the politeness formula.
In case you need to learn how to complain if something does not work well in your room, refer to hotel complaints.