After spending last week in two hotels, I’m thinking everyone can use a short refresher on hotel etiquette, some more than others.
The hotel room is not your home When you stay in a hotel room, clean up after yourself. It is not housekeeping’s responsibility to put things away for you. They provide a wonderful service of straightening up your room (making the beds, delivering fresh towels, etc.), not folding your clothes or throwing out your garbage.
Walls are thin Keep your noise level in check. Your schedule may not be the same as your hotel neighbors and that needs to be respected. Being loud when coming in late or leaving early can wake those staying in the rooms next to you.
Complementary breakfasts Just because a breakfast is included with your hotel stay doesn’t mean you pile your plate. Be reasonable with what you take. It’s okay to take seconds if you’re still hungry, but it’s not the place to gorge yourself. And, it’s not okay to stock-pile for later.
Remember your manners Hopefully you were taught to say please and thank you while growing up. You may find the hotel staff more accommodating if they find you friendly and courteous.
Tip the staff The hotel staff is providing you with a service. Most staff members earn minimum wage and are doing things you don’t want to do or for you so you don’t have to. (Refer back to our post on how much to tip for suggested amounts.)
Again, these are just a few refresher points on hotel etiquette. Put yourself in the place of hotel staff and other guests before acting. Remember the Golden Rule, it applies here as well.
What have been your hotel experiences?
These are such great hotel etiquette tips, Maria. It’s amazing that folks choose not to be respectful to those around them. Thanks for posting this!
It is amazing to see how people behave. Thankfully most hotel guests are not like that.
Fantastic reminders for people who travel. Especially like the one “remember thin walls”! LOL Haven’t we all been in hotels where we WISHED people would remember this one??
That is so true!
Great tips! Woohoo! You might be able to sell this list for posting on every hotel door… (-_-) Thanks for posting. Norma
One would think it would be second nature, right?
Great post! I’m always amazed at how many people seem to have forgotten basic manners these days. I’ve always thought that people in service professions much have the patience of saints to put up with some of the things that they do.
It’s unfortunate that many people are oblivious to their behavior. One has to wonder if they would behave that way at home.
Very good advice. Being a guest in a hotel isn’t license to behave badly. Etiquette is needed just as much on the road as it is at home.
I’m always extra careful in a hotel. I guess it’s from the “what will the neighbors think” idea being drilled into me as a kid.
We are traveling the last week of August..I will keep these tips in mind 🙂
Hope you have a great experience!
These are great reminders to remember when you travel about what we should and should not do !
Thanks. Here’s to others embracing these practices!
this one is a biggy.. We have to remember we are guest at a hotel and act accordly. Great post sweetie !
Thankfully there are more guests who know how to act at a hotel.
These are great reminders. Guess I should take a trip to practice, don’t you think? 🙂
Absolutely! Where would you like to go first?
Great tips! I always try to not leave trash laying around when I’m staying. If I can make it a bit easier for them, I try to!
I’m the same way. No one picks up after me at home, so I don’t really expect it (even though I know it’s what they do).
I wish there were more articles on Hotel Etiquette…
Please let me know if you have any specific thoughts/concerns.