Staying at a hotel is a nice relaxing experience that we all enjoy when we are on vacation, attending a wedding, or just on a quick business trip. In fact, what makes hotels different from any other type of accommodation, is that they are all for creating the best guest experience, and for that, they try to make your stay as comfortable and accommodating as possible. That being said, many of us have developed some bad hotel habits over the years, but we never tried to think deeper of them, and they often just make us look bad.
Here are few bad hotel habits that you should stop Asap!
1. Asking For Early Check-In
Unless you are willing to book your room for a night earlier, asking for early check-in actually just makes it harder for the hotel staff. It is true that in some exceptional cases, the room may not have been booked for the night before and is already clean, but it is preferable to just accept the regular check-in time. Why? Because hotels want you to have the best experience staying at their establishment, and that is why the check-in/check-out system was designed in the first place.
The cleaning staff has to wait for the room to be empty to clean it and get it ready for you in the best possible conditions. Asking for early check-in, will just stress the staff out, and they may not get the room perfectly ready for you. This is a very important hotel tip: if you happen to arrive early to your destination, you can just pass by the hotel and drop your luggage, and use the time left before the check-in to get a nice breakfast or coffee somewhere in town, or even at the hotel.
2. Messing With Hotel Items
Although we all find it kind of funny to just take the hotel shampoo and products or just leave the bath running more than usual, it’s, in reality, just rude and not eco-friendly. In fact, one of the things we all love about staying in the hotel is all the free stuff that comes with it, plus we can use the internet/electricity and water as much as we would like because after all, we are not the ones to pay the bills. But how about looking at the bigger picture and recalling our concerns for the environment. The less you use the daily cleaning services and other items like towels and bedding, the more you are helping the hotel in its eco-friendly efforts.
The rule is, if you don’t need it, just don’t use it. You are doing the world a greater good, just by respecting that!
3. Breaking The Rules
Although the idea of breaking the hotel rules or just ignoring the policies seems exciting and revolutionary, it in fact, just makes you look bad. The truth is, these policies were made for a reason, and breaking them just makes someone’s job harder. In most hotels, for example, smoking is forbidden in the room. There are alarms set in each room, so if you just ignore the signs and smoke anyways, the alarm will ring automatically for the staff, and they might just rush to your room thinking you’re in danger of a fire or an electricity break.
Why make all these people worry for your safety and give them more work to do while you can just smoke on your balcony or the hotel terrace. We all go to hotels to have this special guest experience, but let’s not let that make us forget to respect the people who are trying to do their best, to make us feel comfortable.
4. Making The Hallway Your Playground
The hallway between rooms or even the hotel lobby is a public space for all the guests to use. That doesn’t mean that we can just use it as we like and leave the children running between rooms. In fact, the hallway, in particular, is made only as a pathway or passage to your room, and therefore we must be aware that other guests are staying in the rooms nearby, and we must not allow ourselves or children to disturb them. 5. Being The Rude Guest Getting a room at a luxury hotel is great if you can afford it, but that doesn’t justify being rude to the staff or other guests at the hotel. One of the main things that you shouldn’t be doing is clapping your fingers to call the hotel staff or be rude to them when they come to you. These employees have to deal with many other guests, and being rude to them isn’t helpful. They might be late to respond to you, but that’s just because they have other things they are taking care of!
An important tip: always use your empathy. The hotel staff is probably already stressed out, no need to give them another reason to be miserable. In the case of other guests, just put yourself in their skin. They probably came to the hotel to find some calm, don’t ruin their stay by being rude.
6. Having Too Much To Drink
It’s true that when we are on vacation, we all would like to get loose and enjoy our time. Some might overdo it at the bar and drink too much. Although few cocktails can be enjoyable, having too much to drink can lead to serious problems. Drunken behavior comes with a lot of troubles, especially at a hotel. Just imagine how it will look. It can be quite distressing for the staff and other guests and probably make them feel unsafe. The last tip, go easy on the drinks!