Last Updated on January 16, 2021
There is a long list of complaints from hotel staff regarding the way hotel guests behave on their stays.
If you stay in a hotel in every single one of your travel destinations, there are some things you should avoid for the sake of your safety, and respect toward the people who are working relentlessly to make sure your expectations are met. Keep reading to find out about 15 travel mistakes not to make when staying in a hotel!
1. Do not steal the hotel bathrobes
It’s ok to take the complimentary soap with you, or even the tiny bottle of lotion. What is not ok is to take pricier items, like bathrobes, with you. Bathrobes go from guest to guest, so you are not supposed to take your home with you.
In fact, if you do so, you might be charged for it. Save yourself the embarrassment, and if you want to take something with you, stick with the tiny vanity products.
2. Don’t break something and pretend you didn’t do it
If you break something, call room services or tell the hotel concierge about it. Concealing a broken object can be dangerous for the people who clean the room, and for the guests that come next.
Not to mention that the people who stay in that room after you do may end up paying the price for it, which is not fair. Come forward and inform hotel staff about what happened – accidents happen, and they will understand.
3. If you don’t have cooking appliances, don’t cook
For some people, saving money while traveling is a top priority, and that is why they chose the cheapest hotel room available. However, the cheapest rooms usually do not have a kitchen or any kitchen appliances, which will force the guests to eat out.
If saving is a priority for you, take that into account and see if it pays off to stay somewhere with no kitchen. And, most importantly, do not improvise any cooking in a room where there is no designated cooking area – you can be putting you and other guests in danger.
4. Don’t leave valuable items in your hotel room
Hotel crimes are a real thing, and if you don’t want to be a victim, don’t let valuable items in your room.
Among the things you should never leave in a hotel room are jewelry, electronics, your passport, and your wallet, unless there is a hotel safe you can use to store them. If there is no hotel room safe where you are staying, take your belongings with you.
5. Close the bathroom door while you shower
Of course, you can enjoy all the commodities of your hotel bathroom, but when taking a hot shower or bath, be sure to close the door. Why?
Because a warm bath will release a lot of steam, and if that steam reaches the room, there is a chance that it will set off the fire alarm. To avoid this unnecessary panic, close the door.
6. Don’t cover up the smoke alarms
Different hotels have different smoking policies – some will let you smoke inside your room, some won’t, and if those are the rules, you should always respect them.
However, some guests insist on smoking in rooms where it’s forbidden to do so and to avoid getting caught, they will cover up the smoke detectors. This level of irresponsibility can put them and the other hotel guests in danger.
7. Inspect your bed
You should always check your bed for bed bugs, even at hotels with the finest room cleaning service. Take your travel bags and put them inside the bathtub while you carefully inspect the bed. It’s a long shot, but you can never be too careful.
Plus, imagine the kind of trouble you might get yourself into if your room is filled with hotel bedbugs.
8. Don’t replace the liquor in the minibar
Enjoying your favorite drink from the hotel minibar is not a crime, but if you drink it, you will have to pay for it. Some guests have tried to fool the hotel staff by filling bottles of whiskey with coca-cola, for example.
If you get caught, it can be quite embarrassing, not to mention you will still get stuck with the bill anyway.
9. Don’t boil your underwear in the kettle
This one sounds like something that nobody does, but it’s on this list because people have done it. Their excuse? They were trying to freshen up their underwear.
Disturbing, right? This is very unhygienic, to say the least. So, in case there is a generalized lack of common sense, we are here to let you know that boiling your intimate clothing on the hotel kettle is not ok, ok?
10. Don’t use the throw pillows
If the throw pillows on your bed don’t seem to have removable sleeves, avoid using them. Why? Because without removable sleeves, you are never sure if the pillows have been cleaned properly.
Imagine the number of faces, backs, and butts that have rested on those pillows. You can’t see the tiny germs, but they are there, we assure you.
11. Don’t hang your coat on the fire sprinkler
This is something that lazy people seem to do a lot when staying at hotels. Instead of opening the closet and use a proper hanger, they will hang their coats on the fire sprinkler.
This is quite a bad idea because it might set off the fire alarm or, even worst, it might burst a pipe and flood your entire room.
12. Do not send private information using the hotel wi-fi
You might be staying at a safe hotel, but is the wi-fi as safe as the premises? Just in case, don’t test that safety and avoid using hotel wi-fi to conduct important deals or to send sensitive information.
If you really must send private or delicate documents using the hotel wi-fi, be sure to use encryption first, it is always better to play it safe.
13. Don’t dye your hair at the hotel
This is one of those things that should go without saying because, once again, it’s pretty common sense. However, a friendly reminder doesn’t hurt: if you are considering changing your hair color, wait until you go home.
Doing it in the hotel room might get messy, and if you ruin the linens and the towels, there is no going back.
If you have dyed your hair recently, bring your towel just in case or avoid washing your hair if you are staying for a short period, to keep you from ruining the hotel sheets and pillowcases.
14. Don’t be noisy
Would you enjoy it if you were trying to get some rest and the people in the room next to you or on the floor above you were being loud? Yeah, we thought so.
Be a good hotel neighbor and avoid disturbing the other guests with loud noises – and by this, we mean loud music, moving furniture around, and walking around with “iron feet.” Be respectful and do to others as you would like others to do to you.
15. Don’t sneak your pet inside the hotel
Fortunately, online booking lets you know if a hotel is pet friendly or not, so instead of trying to sneak your pet inside a hotel that doesn’t allow pets, choose one that does.
Animals are not easy to hide, they will leave evidence behind, and if you get caught, your whole trip can turn into a total fiasco. Not worth the trouble!