19 Hotel Employees Reveal Guest Habits That Annoy Them The Most
Staying in a hotel isn't much different than staying at your Aunt Bertha's home as a guest. You have to follow somebody else's rules, or you're going to start ticking people off. Hotel etiquette makes fairly obviously the things hotel guests should never do — like, you know, urinate in a garbage receptacle or leave a used love glove under the pillow. Unfortunately, not everyone is respectful of Aunt Bertha — I mean, hotel workers. Now, we're hearing straight from the horse's mouth all the things guests should never do: past and present staff took to Reddit to vent their frustrations about all the strange encounters and experiences they have, and it. Gets. Ugly. And horrifying. And downright depressing.
We tend to think we can go a little wild when we're in a hotel, because it's not our own home, so honestly... who cares? I'll tell you who cares: the housekeeper who has to clean up your vomit because you decided it was the perfect weekend to try lemon drops for the first time.
True, when you're on vacation, you're supposed to relax and let loose a little — but not at the expense of other people. Hopefully you already know to steer clear of these 21 things — otherwise, prepare for some well-earned dirty looks from the staff on your way out.
1. Act Like You're Hotel Royalty
Listen here, pal. No one guest is any more important than another. You're all paying customers and everyone deserves some attention. Capiche?
2. Look Down On Any Of The Staff
This hurts my soul on so many levels, and is such a grim reflection of the people who equate other people's worth to the amount they earn at their jobs.
4. Hog The Luggage Carts
#Rude. The cart isn't yours. Return it like you're supposed to, please and thank you.
5. Complain About Everything You Can Think Of
Really, is it that big of a deal the bar soap in the bathroom was lemongrass instead of whispering orchid?
6. Answer The Door When You're Not Decent
7. Vandalize Stuff Like It's No Big Deal
First of all, if you wouldn't do it in your own home, why would you think it's okay to do it there? And more importantly, hotel rooms are rented, not owned — it's disrespectful both to staff and all the other guests. And, well, gross.
8. Lie When Something Bad Happens
We're human. We have little accidents here and there. If you cause a bit of damage to the room unintentionally, the hotel isn't going to have you arrested or call your mother to tell her what a disappointment you are. They're just going to fix it. No harm, no foul.
9. Let Your Children Run Amok
No, it's not someone else's place to tell you how to raise your children. But if your children are wildly misbehaving and causing danger to themselves or others, it's perfectly within reason the hotel staff intervenes.
10. Flip Out On The Valet Person
The architects didn't consult the valet people when they built the darn place, and you're far from the only person they're helping in a given night.
11. Assume The Staff Know You Personally
Dude, do you know how many people that bartender gets drunk each day? Too many to remember you. It's nothing personal.
13. Spit Your Chew Where It's Not Welcome
Do housekeeping a solid and don't spit your chew into pop cans and leave 'em laying around, for the love of all that is holy.
14. Try To Manipulate The System
If you want more of the bells and whistles, you're going to have to pay for them.
15. Get Ticked About Travel Expenses
Here's a good rule of thumb for you: if you're going someplace touristy, expect it to cost more.
17. Flake Out On Your Reservation
Hey, life happens, and sometimes you can't make your reservation. That's when you pick up that square-shaped thing called a cell phone and let the hotel know you won't be there as planned.
18. Make Threats
TBH, wasting their vacation time going down that rabbit hole might be exactly what they deserve.
19. Complain Until You Get Freebies
So. Not. Cool. If you don't want to spend money, stay home.
Let this be a general reminder to everyone — staying in a hotel is based on mutual respect between guests and hotel staff. Hotel staff already have it hard enough, so the more gracious and understanding you can be as a guest, the better.