1. Asking for food that is not on the room service menu

Most hotels offer a room service option. For those who aren’t familiar with this term, it means that you can call your hotel and order food to be delivered directly to your room. It usually is a lot more expensive and the menu is restricted.

If you want something simple that is not on the menu or if you want something specific due to a dietary restriction, you can ask nicely and explain yourself properly. The staff may attend your request. But they are not obliged to do so, they are just doing you a favor. Keep that in mind.

2. Asking for a late check-out

This one is particularly annoying. There’s a reason behind a hotel check-out time (you probably have already notice that most hotels have the check-out scheduled for a similar hour, usually around 10-12 a.m.): the housekeeping staff needs time to clean and prepare the room for the next guests.

Usually, hotels give you a 30 minutes tolerance, but more than that and they are in their right to bill you an extra night – a measure that is certainly disclosed on the booking website. Again, if you ask nicely, they might allow you an extra hour.

The same principle applies to the check-in. Don’t arrive at your hotel earlier than expected (there’s a check-in hour for a reason…) feeling entitled to be immediately given access to the room you have booked.