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What's the difference between "гостиница" and "отель" (gostinitsa vs otel)?

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Hi, I would like to know the difference between "гостиница" and "отель". When should I use one word and not another? By the way, is "отель" a borrowed word from the English "hotel"? Thanks in advance for your answers and opinions.
asked Jan 16, 2013 by strochka (530 points)

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I would use гостиница when talking about a hotel, e.g.. "I stayed in a hotel", "There's a hotel next to the metro station"

I've heard 
отель more in use in the names of hotels.

answered Apr 11, 2013 by bluewmelon (2,560 points)