E. Read the text and do the tasks after it
At a Hotel
The Grand Hotel "Europe"
Welcome to the Grand Hotel Europe – one of the world's truly "Grand Hotels". Located in the very heart of St. Petersburg's historic central shopping and business district, the Hotel combines all the charm of a bygone age with deluxe modern facilities and the highest international standards of service.
We are delighted to offer you the very finest in Russian hospitality. From the moment you arrive, we promise to envelop/you in our time-honored traditions of gracious Russian luxury. With a history that dates back to the 1820's the Grand Hotel Europe has played a central role in the City of St Petersburg since the time of the Tsars. Great care was taken in the renovation of the Hotel, completed in 1991.
The Hotel's fully equipped Business Centre and support facilities and services, make it an ideal base from which to do business in St Petersburg. The Grand Hotel Europe can provide you with secretarial assistance, interpreters, translators, a private meeting room or temporary office. International communications including postal and courier service are all available through the Hotel. Our Concierge will be happy to arrange transportation, make onward travel arrangements, reconfirm airline tickets and advise on restaurants for corporate entertainment.
Our private function rooms are ideal for important meetings, discreet negotiations, presentations, seminars and training sessions. Our Banqueting Department will be happy to assist you with all arrangements including the supply of audio-visual aids and simultaneous translation equipment.
Throughout its history, the Grand Hotel Europe has been the venue for many grand occasions. Today our Banqueting team upholds this fine tradition. Whether it is for a small private dinner, a conference, product launch or an elaborate dinner dance, they are on hand to provide the careful organization, considered advice and the attention to detail essential to a successful event.
Organizers have a choice of the elegance of the Krysha Ballroom with its glass roof to let in the spectacular summer spell of the White Nights, the cosy warmth of the Billiard Room, the traditional charm of the Lidvall Room and Caviar Bar or the light and airy meeting rooms in the Conference Centre. In addition, the Grand Hotel Europe can also organise and cater special events at the many palaces and other historic venues in St Petersburg and the surrounding countryside.
Variety and quality are in the heart of the Hotel's dining options. Restaurant Europe offers the finest in modern Russian and international gourmet cuisine amid breath-taking turn of the century decor. The Brasserie is an informal Bistro-style restaurant, while SADKO's is the place to meet in St Petersburg. This American style bar/restaurant also features nightly performances by live local bands. For a spicy alternative try Chopstiks, the Hotel's authentic Chinese restaurant. Enjoy a leisurely traditional Afternoon Tea on The Mezzanine or unwind before dinner over a quiet' drink in The Lobby Bar.
The Grand Hotel Europe has played host throughout its lifetime to the great names of Russian history and to celebrities from over the world. A favourite haunt of Tchaikovsky, Anna Pavlova and Maxim Gorky, the hotel continues to this day, to attract the rich, famous and talented from j around the globe.
As the City of St Petersburg reawakens to its vibrant history and its tradition as one of the cultural centres of Europe, the Grand Hotel Europe will help you discover a unique blend of the City's new-found vitality and its natural warmth, while guaranteeing the very standards of hospitality and service.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Hotel and to our beautiful City.
Tasks to the text:
Task 1. Complete the sentences about Grand Hotel Europe.
1. The history of the Grand Hotel Europe dates ...
2. It is located ....
3. The renovation of the Hotel ...
4. If you come to do business in St Petersburg the Hotel can provide you ...
5. The Hotel's private function rooms are ideal for...
6. The Banqueting team are always ready to....
7. The Grand Hotel Europe can also organize...
Task 2. You are a successful businessman & often travel to St. Petersburg on business. This time you decided to stay at Grand Hotel Europe. Read “Room Description” and choose a room. Give your grounds for the choice.
Grand Hotel Europe
Standard Classic room: $260-300
- Grand lit
- No real triple exists
- Tastefully decorated in yellow and green
- Two armchairs
- Writing desk
- Heated tiled bathroom floor
- Satellite TV/remote control
- One telephone set/two points
- Hair dryer
- Small entrance foyer
Belle Chambres: $340-380
- Two Grand Lit
- Parquet floors
- Partly historical furniture and paintings
- More quest supplies
- View facing Nevski Prospect
- Modern “high tech”
- Split level
- Different in size, location, views
- More guest supplies
The following expressions may be helpful:
I’d prefer…; I’d rather…; I’d better…; I’d like to…; I find it cosy (inconvenient, noisy, etc.)…; as for…; to my mind… .
F. Watch the film “Family Album USA” (Episode 15 “Second Honeymoon”). Follow the directions in the Appendix “Traditions and Habits of American People.”