What would be your reaction or answer to these declarative statements?

I arrived at the hotel.

I got to the hotel.

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    Either is correct - I arrived at the hotel is a more formal way to say it. Jul 17, 2023 at 8:28
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    By default, "general-purpose" get to potentially carries stronger allusions to [finally] attained, reached [after not inconsiderable effort]. There are other semantic and syntactic differences, but approximately speaking, they "mean" the same thing. Use whichever you like best all the time, and eventually someone will point out you've done so in a context where they're not interchangeable. But if I were you, I'd cross that bridge when (if! :) you come to it. Just choose a default for now. Jul 17, 2023 at 20:00

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Both sentences mean roughly the same thing. The first version (with "arrived at") is somewhat more formal.

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