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When inquiring about the transportation from the airport to a hotel, which is better?

a. What's the usual way for foreign travelers arriving at the airport to visit your hotel?
b. What's the usual way of foreign travelers arriving at the airport to visit your hotel?
c. What's the usual way of foreign travelers arriving at the airport visiting your hotel?

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  • It's for - but 'visit' is the wrong verb. I would suggest 'to get to, travel to, transfer to'. Oct 19, 2022 at 7:37
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    Visit suggests spending less time: you might visit a hotel to have tea in the restaurant, but if you're staying overnight or for a few nights then you would use another verb.
    – Stuart F
    Oct 19, 2022 at 13:44
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    Visiting a place is spending time there, not travelling to it. Oct 19, 2022 at 13:50
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    To me, "What's the usual way to visit the hotel?" invites the answer "Make a reservation in advance, then present yourself at reception." If an arriving traveller asks how to get there, I can't imagine an airport enquiry desk not mentioning a shuttle service if one exists. Oct 20, 2022 at 8:02
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    You don't visit a hotel usually, you stay in/at one.
    – Lambie
    Dec 4, 2023 at 17:39

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All of your example sentences are cumbersome, hard to say, and hard to understand.

How do [foreign] travelers get from the airport to your hotel?

Is how you ask that question.

You are not asking what. You are asking how, which will include the method.

I am assuming foreign travelers will get from the airport to the hotel using the same method as domestic travelers. There is no reason to include that unless you know differences exist between foreign and domestic travelers.

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The first is the best.

Possibly even better would be: "What's the best way for foreign travellers arriving at the airport to get to your hotel?"

Also, "foreign travellers" is pretty much superfluous since the best form of transport will be the same for everyone.

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a) What's the usual way for foreign travelers arriving at the airport to visit your hotel?

The whole thing needs to be reworded and hints at proofreading which is strictly off-topic on ELL, which in turn explains the paucity of answers.

My solution:

What's the most common way for tourists (coming) from LAX airport to reach your hotel (OR) travel/get to your hotel?

  • If you asked a native speaker "What's the usual way to get to the railway station?" They might reply, "How would I know?" while others might suggest "on foot", "by taxi", "by coach" or "by bus" depending on the distance.

  • "The most common/best way" is not ideal either because answers will vary. For instance, travelling by taxi might be the easiest and quickest way if the hotel is 10 or 15 kilometres away but it will also be the most expensive.

  • "Foreign travellers" (BrEng spelling) automatically excludes domestic travellers who might also be unfamiliar with the hotel's location.

  • We don't normally say we're visiting a hotel, unless the building's architecture is renowned or of historical interest. Visitors to a world famous hotel will likely admire the architecture, the furnishings if they can slip by unnoticed, take photos, buy souvenirs—if there is a gift store, and perhaps sip a cocktail if the bar is open. In English, when you book a room it means you are staying the night at a hotel

  • For verbs connected with arriving at a destination we can use: arrive at, get to, make it to, travel to, and reach.

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