Just for fun reading and your comments. I saw this online report. Do you agree with any of the list? What do you practise or would like to add to this Don'ts List? Top 10 Don'ts When Staying in a Hotel by Anthony Melchiorri 1. Don't yell at the staff. Ever. 2. Don’t tell anyone your room number. (A desk agent should point to your room number, and not announce it to the world.) 3. Don't get bent out of shape when the night desk agent asks to see your “new friend’s” identification. Additionally, do not let a hotel employee into your room if they do not have an I.D. 4. Don't blame hotel staff for stealing your stuff. My personal experience is that the guests eventually find 99% of the items that guests report stolen from their rooms. However, it is your right to ask the manager to call the police to file a police report. 5. Don’t order from room service if you notice the pages are dirty and torn. Don’t order if the menu reads “Winter Menu” when it's spring. 6. Don’t use the bathroom washcloths to take off your makeup or shine your shoes. 7. Don't throw anything in the room garbage if you don't want the hotel staff to know about it, including insulin needles (or any needle) without properly disposing of it. 8. Don’t abuse the privilege of late checkout. If you really need one past 1:00 p.m., ask for the manager. 9. Don’t leave your luggage unattended in a hotel lobby – even for a second. 10. Don't be embarrassed! Call the hotel after you’ve checked out, and they will send your forgotten sex toys. Just like they would send your baby blanket back to you. Promise
Great. I will just have to write that hotel in New York about the lolita doll i forgot there 4 years ago. :)
Funny thread - thanks. I'll add - if staying in a 5 star hotel with 5 star prices to match, be discreet about smuggling in packets of corn flakes/milk etc for breakfast. I should explain that we were staying in London at a VERY posh hotel (I was not paying for accom, but had to pay for meals) and I walked past the duty manager sitting at his faux Louis X1V desk. I saw him peer at my plastic bag that held the 'illegal' packet of corn flakes and the look on his face was total shock and disgust. I'm sure he said under his breath "Australians!!!!!!!!" - LOL
Have respect for other hotel guests and the staff by not partying in your room. Let reception know if you are expecting guests. Check the mattress for mites. Be reasonable when dealing with staff. Don't be demanding. Throw used towels and faceclothes into the tub just before leaving. It's not cool to leave them all over the floor.
I once had a summer job as a chambermaid in a hotel (not posh, but not crappy either). Whenever there was a tour group of Chinese tourists in the hotel, the head chambermaid would always tell us to be sure to check the ice buckets in the room (they had a lid so you couldn't immediately see what was inside) before finishing - apparently, Chinese tourists often use it as a disposal bin for, uh, feminine products. Once, someone forgot to check the bucket before finishing the room, and the next guest got a nasty surprise after opening the bucket. Moral of the story for guests - do not use the ice bucket as a napkin disposal bin - that's what the garbage bin is for! Also, wash the glasses, coffee mugs, ice bucket, and anything else you might eat/drink from before you use them. Even if they look clean, it might have simply been wiped with a rag rather than washed. Even aside from what the previous person might have left in the ice bucket before you came in, the other stuff isn't necessarily clean either - in the hotel I worked in, I was probably the only chambermaid who rinsed the glasses, mugs, etc in hot water and used a clean towel to wipe them dry (we didn't have dish soap on our cart, and we always had to be quick when cleaning the rooms so we wouldn't have had much time to wash dishes anyway). I was really shocked when I saw the others simply rinse the glasses in cold water and/or wipe them dry with a dirty rag.
I don't think there is much there that isn't just common sense or basic good manners. May I enquire where you found this list? It seems like yet another piece of very lazy travel journalism which seems to be ever more prevalent these days. Anyone who had stayed in two different hotels no more than 50 miles from home could have written this. I am not blaming you at all for posting this but it amazes me that people get paid for writing this type of copy. A quick look shows that the writer has a long track record in the hospitality business so I am sure he can do better than this. Take for example #7. Any diabetic that is injecting will be more than aware of sharps disposal and anyone using anything more nefarious intravenously just won't care. #6, would you do that at home? Honestly,if people need this type of information, they are probably not fit to be let out by themsleves anyway. Rant over.
Don't do this: youtube.com/watch?v=on2_ooaU...
Amelie I would never use a hotel ice bucket or glass again. Thankfully I rarely stay in hotels.
Some years ago one of the hotel associations released a list of some of their observations on the disgusting behaviour of some guests - just wish I could find that list.
Hotels typically have more problems when locals stay there than guests from out of town. The one I worked at had a huge room upstairs for all of the stuff left behind. They typically kept it for a long time before having a yard sale.