I am trying to find out the rule for the use of 'an' before the two words 'hotel' and 'hours' which then leads to the pronunciation of the word 'the' (as in 'thee') before them.
I am not aware of any other 'h' words which are treated as starting with a vowel? (On the subject of vowels, while looking for assistance with this question, I came upon the UCL website which suggests 'y' is a vowel. When did that happen?)
I would suggest not many English people would know to use 'an' in front of hotel now, however, a French friend (an English teacher of some 30+ years) often poses these types of questions to me!
Any assistance would be very gratefully received.