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wake-up call

wake-up call [countable]
1 an experience or event that shocks you and makes you realize that you must do something to change a situation:
The success of extremist groups in the elections should be a wake-up call to all decent citizens.
2 a telephone call that someone makes to you, especially at a hotel, to wake you up in the morning [= alarm call]
types of hotel: motel, inn, B&B British English, guesthouse British English

types of room: double room (=has a bed for two people)
twin room
(=has two single beds)
single room
(=for one person)
(=has two or more rooms)

people who work at a hotel: desk clerk (=gives you your key)
British English/bellhop American English (=takes your bags up to your room)
also chambermaid (=cleans your room)

someone who is staying at a hotel: guest

the place where you check in, check out, and pay your bill: front desk, reception British English

an arrangement to stay at a hotel: reservation also booking British English

hotel services: room service, wake-up call

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