Golf follower getting height on ball allowed to rise (5)
I believe the answer is:
'golf follower' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)
'height on ball allowed to rise' is the wordplay.
'height' becomes 'h' (abbreviation in geometry).
'on' means one lot of letters go next to another (in a down clue, letters appear on others).
'ball' becomes 'o' (O looks like a ball).
'allowed to' becomes 'let' (to let something happen is to allow it).
'rise' is a reversal indicator.
'let' in reverse letter order is 'tel'.
'getting' is the link.
(Other definitions for hotel that I've seen before include "sleeper" , "offering accommodation" , "Accommodation building" , "Building for travellers" , "Letter of the alphabet" .)