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Unread Aug 2nd, 2011, 06:38 am
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Default When should I use "the"?

Hi everyone,

I've got a question about using "the" in the examples below.

"The" Plaza Hotel, "The" Broadway Inn, "The" Peninsula-New York, "The" Hotel Newton
Hotel Chelsea, Hotel Pennsylvania

I read a hotel guide intruducing where to stay in NYC, but I got confused with the names of the hotels. What's the difference between them?

Thanks in advance!
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Default Re: When should I use "the"?

"The" is often used with hotel names, especially if the name comes before the word Hotel (or equivalent), or if the name is used alone - eg I stayed at the Hilton Hotel / I stayed at the Hilton. But it's flexible - if you Google eg "stayed at Hilton Hotel" you'll find plenty of examples. The only time it would be unlikely to be used is if the name is the proprietor's : I stayed at Grey's Hotel in Brighton / I stayed at Grey's. .

When the word Hotel comes first, it's even more flexible. I stayed at the Hotel Newton still sounds more likely to me, but on Google I found plenty of examples without the article, eg Has anyone stayed at Hotel Monaco in downtown Portland?, which sounded fine.
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