"The hotel was pretty."
Translation:El hotel era bonito.
From what I've learned in school- Era, the imperfect of ser, third or first person conjugation -this is used to describe something in the past.
Fue, the preterite of ser, only third person -this is used to indicate facts.
Think of preterite as your bones or the backbone of the story that keeps the story going. Facts and the timeline!
●The house was made of bricks.
Think of imperfect as decorating the house.
●The house was blue, there were plants outside.
●Then the house fell apart. A fact, so preterite; not describing it, so not imperfect.