Avoid Being a Bad Guest
There you are sound asleep in your comfy hotel bed and – Bam – the guy next door slams his door jolting you wide awake in the middle of the night. You have just experienced a bad hotel guest. They seem to be everywhere these days. Perhaps it is due to the fact that travel is not just for the rich nor for the weary business executive.
Whether you are staying in five star resort or a local motel, the space you are using is shared with others. Something you need to think about unless you would like to be known as a bad hotel guest. What exactly constitutes a bad hotel guest and how can you make sure you are not one?
Most hotel rooms have some sort of automatic closing devise on their doors. They are helpful in many ways, but when arriving late at night or departing early in the morning they can become extremely rude. Be aware of this fact and catch the door before it slams. It is a simple gesture and your hotel neighbors will really appreciate it.
Loud TV’s and Voices
Is it really necessary for you to hear your TV while you shower at 5 am? For that matter, unless you are an exhibitionist, remember your own voice will carry through the thin walls of a hotel room. You may not want your neighbor hearing the intimate details of a conversation with your sweetie. And most likely they didn’t want to enjoy the movie you are watching either. Tone them both down to be a better hotel guest.
Normally the sound of children laughing and playing is a joyous one. But it is very grating and obnoxious when the kids combine it with running up and down the hall or clumping down the stairs. Those stairs usually back up to someone’s room and from the inside the occupant is not experiencing the pitter patter of little feet. Voices reverberate in the tunnel effect of the hallways of a hotel. So, reign in your children and teach them some manners. Hotels are public places and the kids be should respectful of the other guest staying there.
Pet friendly hotels have surged recently. While this makes it much easier for those traveling with their four legged friends, it does not give you the right to ignore the effect your pet has on other guests. Probably the biggest annoying thing a pet owner can do is to not pick up after their pet. Why should the hotel staff have to do “poop patrol” to ensure other guest don’t step in the present left by your pet. Take a bag with you when you walk your dog and do some scooping.
Help the Staff Help You
If you are staying in one location for more than one night, give the maid a break. A hotel room is much easier to clean without your stuff being strewn all over it. Hang up your clothes and tidy up your toiletries in the bathroom. Consider tipping the maid at the end of your visit, particularly if the person has done an outstanding job at keeping your room tidy.
When dealing with a problem with your room, remember the staff is there to help you. They didn’t target you and they didn’t cause the problem to make your life miserable. Treat them with respect; it will go a long way in helping you achieve satisfaction. And if you feel the need to vent, seek out the manager. Receiving guest complaints is part of the manager’s job description.
More and more hotels are offering a free breakfast program which includes you serving yourself. If you notice an item on the buffet is getting low alert the staff so it can be refilled for the other guests. Once you have finished your meal, clean up after yourself. Most of the areas provided for you to sit and eat are relatively small. That said don’t leave your plate and napkin for someone else to clean up before they can sit and enjoy their meal. Check the table for crumbs and clean up what you spilled.
A good number of hotels provide an area for you to workout. Some of these hotel gyms are very extensive while others may only provide a treadmill and a stationary bike. Whatever is provided is not there for your exclusive use. Do not hog the equipment if someone else is waiting. Twenty to thirty minutes is a reasonable amount of time to tie up a machine. Also, hotels provide towels for a reason. Wipe down the equipment when you are finished. No one wants to find the equipment dripping in your sweat.
The best thing to remember in order to avoid being a bad hotel guest is the space you occupy is on loan to you. Yes you paid to use it, but don’t abuse it or the people around you. Use your common sense and you will end up being a better hotel guest.