~Showing Consideration For Others~
Traveling? Hotel etiquette is just what you need to make your
more pleasant. Whether it is for vacation or business, good travel
etiquette is showing consideration for others when you are staying in a
hotel is important.
We have all experienced the bad hotel etiquette.
People running up and down the halls all through the night, the
television next door with the volume up as loud as it can be, slamming
doors... the list could go on and on. It is important that we do not
treat the other guests like this.
The golden rule is essential in hotel etiquette. Treat everyone else how you want
to be treated.
It doesn't matter how luxurious the hotel is or isn't. Following a few
simple guidelines will help you feel better about your stay.
The To Do's
- When checking in, be
patient with the hotel staff.
They are doing their best to help you. No matter how late your arrival
time, be pleasant and it can bring great returns if you need anything
during your stay.
- Tip your
doorman and bell staff. Good tip etiquette states that you
should tip them $1-$2 per bag. Be polite and use your Thank You's.
- If there is something wrong with your room, inform the front desk immediately.
Be polite about it, they had no idea what was waiting for your there.
- Keep the
noise in the halls to a minimum.
When you are going to and from your room, remember that there are other
people staying in the hotel. During the day it is okay to laugh and
have a good time. At night, keep your voice down and your feet quiet.
- Try to open
and close your door quietly.
Hotel doors are famous for their loud slams. Everyone can hear when you
come and go. Take a few extra seconds to close it softly.
- Keep the volume in your room down too. Your television,
conversation and play time in your room should be a normal level. Your hotel neighbors do not want
to hear what you are watching, talking about or doing.
- Use your 'do
not disturb' card when you do not want to be disturbed.
Housekeeping and other guests will respect this and leave you alone
- Keep your
Good hotel etiquette is shown when you throw away your trash, pick up
your clothes, and take care of the bathroom. Show your respect for the
room and the housekeeping services by taking care of things as if they
were your own.
- It is okay to
reuse your towels and sleep in the same sheets for a few nights. It is
quite easy to hang up your towel after you have finished with it. It is
just as easy to put the do not change the sheets card on the
- If there is a pool at the hotel, use the towels that are
designated for the pool . Be mindful of other
people using the pool as well.
- If you order room service, be sure to tip them as well. The gratuity for room service is
12-15%. Take care of the dishes as well.
- It is okay
to inform the front desk if there are guests that are acting
inappropriately. Again, be polite about it. Using
politeness will get the situation taken care of quicker and more
effectively than yelling.
The Do Not's
- Do not be
rude to the hotel staff. Good hotel etiquette shows that
you recognize that they are there to provide you with a service.
- You should not help yourself to the towels, robes, pillows
as souvenirs. They are
not there for you to take home.
- Please don't
fill up your ice bucket late at night. There is nothing
worse than waking up to the ice bucket being filled.
- Calling for every little thing that is wrong with the room
is not good hotel etiquette. If
there are things that can be dealt with, do that. If they
have taken care of issues then work with what they have done.
- Don't allow
your children to run crazy through the hotel. They should
be supervised at all times by their parents.
- Do not use
the pool after hours. There is a good reason (people
sleeping) that there are designated pool hours.
can be a fun and magical place for those who are traveling. They can
also be a great place to conduct business. Hotel etiquette is a
wonderful way to enhance your stay in any hotel. Happy Travels!!!!