Hotels in courtyard houses

newname

Senior Member
Vietnamese
Hi all,

The streets are much quieter today, apart from the little family-run hotels in the old courtyard houses
Could you explain how a hotel is in a house? It should be ‘...hotels converted from ...houses’

Thank you.
 
  • AnythingGoes

    Senior Member
    English - USA (Midwest/Appalachia)
    The buildings that now hold hotels were originally courtyard houses. I stay in London hotels in old townhouses on a crescent. They are no longer private homes but they can still be referred to by their original purpose.
     

    newname

    Senior Member
    Vietnamese
    Then, why not say ‘..hotels which used to be courtyard houses?’. The original sentence makes me think the hotels are inside the courtyard houses.
     
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