In this article, there is a phrase: hotel man.

“I asked him if he wanted a hotel and he said he’s not a hotel man. That’s what he said. So he stayed in one corner of my apartment,” Hironaka said.

I don't understand what does it mean by a hotel man.

Could you please explain it to me?


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    'I asked him if he wanted a hotel and he said he’s not a hotel man' - he doesn't like hotels. Jul 11, 2017 at 7:18
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    I think it means that he is not the person who usally stays in hotels , but he'd rather have other, probably less expensive, accomodation.
    – user66974
    Jul 11, 2017 at 7:18
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    Yea, just means he doesn't prefer hotels and so he is not the person to ask.
    – Kace36
    Jul 11, 2017 at 7:28
  • Thanks. I also understand like you said but the next sentence That's what he said makes me a little bit confused. Is it a way to emphasize that the man doesn't like hotel? Jul 11, 2017 at 8:02
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    It's simply using a noun (hotel) as an adjective (well, a descriptor at any rate; from trying to find a duplicate question it appears it may not really be an "adjective" as such). A "hotel man" is a man who likes hotels, much as a "people person" is somebody who gets on well with other people, or the "computer guy" is someone who is good with computers.
    – AndyT
    Jul 11, 2017 at 9:01

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As the comments suggest, colloquial English ( or USA-ian English) allows you to use pretty much any noun or gerund in an adjectivial form to modify "man," indicating you do or don't like/partake of/fit in with the named object or concept.

"I'm your back door man." "I'm a dark beer man." "He's a meat-and-potatoes guy," although that one is a bit of an idiom.
"I'm not an opera guy."

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