Is It a Hotel or an Hotel?

It’s a hotel. Since the word hotel begins with a consonant sound (the "h" is clearly pronounced), we use the article "a".

It’s a hotel. The rule for choosing between "a" and "an" is based on pronunciation, and not spelling. Since the word hotel begins with a consonant sound (the "h" is clearly pronounced), we use the article "a".

I booked a hotel room online.

I booked an hotel room online.

Borrowed from the French, the word hotel once had a silent "h", but not pronouncing it today is considered wrong.

Look for a hotel that offers a variety of services and options.

Relative frequency of the phrases a hotel and an hotel
"A hotel" vs. "an hotel" in books through time
Source: Google Books Ngram Viewer

Remember, it's the pronunciation, not the spelling, which is important.

Book a hotel room and wait for instructions.

This is a partial of words that also begin with a sounded "h", and therefore take the indefinite article a:

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