BY Guinness Bear

Top 10 Things You Must Not Do In A Hotel Room

I can't imagine how many times I've stayed in a hotel room in my travel life 🏨  I think you're also the same. However, have you ever heard that there are some unwritten rules inside a hotel room? 

Yes, of course, due to some problems with security or comfort matters, some things cannot be done in a hotel room. So, before something bad happens, I'm here to advise you not to do these top 10 things in a hotel room. I want to say that if you need a smooth and exciting experience within your travel, avoid these common mistakes exactly. Unfortunately, these bad habits could turn your dream vacation into a travel nightmare. 

Scroll through below for the top 10 list of definite things you must not do in a hotel room beginning from the next hotel stay πŸ§” 


#10 - Lying after Damaging Something

Normally, you could accidentally damage or break some furniture or glass items. It doesn't matter because accidents happen. But, I'm talking about damaging something in your room, and keeping it a secret can harm the hotel staff or new guests. With the current situation, I think no one needs additional safety risks during travel time.

 I can remember an incident, for example, a new guest once cut his hand on a shard of glass. It happened although the room was cleaned by the cleaning staff. I believe that the fault is not with the hotel staff, but the previous guest didn’t make the staff aware of broken glass in his room.

The damaged furniture will usually be added to your bill, even more than its original price 🏨 Don't worry that if you're lucky, they will skip the extra charge. But, don't wish to get away with the charges by saying that it wasn't your fault or by not informing the staff. I surely know that during the guests' check-out, the front desk is usually sending someone to check the room. Accordingly, if you accidentally break or damage something in your room, the best action is to alert the hotel staff immediately. If not, trying to hide the damage or leaving without reporting will be the charge you have to pay πŸ§”


#9 - Leaving Jewelry and Money

With the covid-19 pandemic and for a high-quality,  many hotels are only having housekeeping come in before and after a guest’s stay. More importantly, it’s still better to be on the “safe side” when it comes to your valuables πŸ’°πŸ“ΏπŸ’

Most hotel rooms provide an easy-to-use safe and you're better to take advantage of it. I responsibly say that never leave your precious jewels, money, important documents in your room, unless it’s in a hotel-provided safe. Unfortunately, if you missed something, it will be important to report any lost or stolen items as soon as possible πŸ§”


#8 - Keeping Bathroom Door Unlocked when Taking a Shower

In my experience, taking a steamy shower after more hard traveling hours is the best feeling that can be gained in a hotel room.  So, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a steamy shower at a hotel. But, the risk is with what the vapor can do if released into your room. A  hotel’s hot showers can cause a lot of steam and due to that, can activate the hotel’s fire alarm system inside your bedroom if you leave the bathroom door open. 

I think you don’t want to be rushing through the hallways and gathering with fellow guests. In addition, some hotels allow COVID-positive guests to stay on the premises, making this even more problematic πŸ§” With all that, I want to say keep that in your mind and make sure there will no problems during your vacation.


#7 - Sneaking In your Pets

I know that it’s wonderful to take your pets with you when traveling πŸ•πŸˆ But the problem is that how to stay with them. Please don’t do it if you’re not staying at a pet-friendly hotel. Most hotels will not allow the furry animals to take in with you. If you have asked the hotel staff and they refused, don’t try to do it in your way.  

Animals leave trails of evidence, from hairs to prints, your cleaning fees will skyrocket if you’ve broken the rules. I need not explain, it’s disrespectful to the housekeeping staff who are already working hard to keep the rooms safe and sanitary. In addition, you could be just kicked out of your room. It depends on the hotel's policy 🏨

And finally, I remember again and again that make sure to book a pet-friendly room if your pet will be accompanying you during your visit. Don't sneak your pet into your room.


#6 - Smoking 

Smoking is prohibited in many hotels 🚭 However, some guests think that as they're in the comfort of their room, there is no need to observe the no-smoke rules. You are completely wrong. If smoking is not allowed, it means no smoking there and does not smoke. The reason for that is, you are not the only one that will use the room. Certain hotels still allow smokers to smoke cigarettes inside their rooms. Despite this, some guests insist on smoking in non-smoking rooms.

Rather than smoking, the biggest problem is that guests get used to covering the smoke alarm in their room πŸ§” So, they can smoke in bed, risking their safety and that of all other guests. This is my advice regarding this; don't smoke from your room, you can smoke outside in designated places, especially if you’re staying in a non-smoking room.


#5 - Stealing from the Hotel

Surprisingly, I heard some news about stealing things from the hotel and some hotel customers are just real thieves. They are usually happy to steal items like towels, drapes, shampoos, and even bedsheets in the hotel room 🏨 So, if you are caught, you will also simply be arrested. This is not about a fact with good manners,  you might end up with an unwanted charge on your hotel bill. 

Sometimes there may be a thought to take home a few essential amenities that the hotel provides during the stay, like bathrobes, shampoo, lotion, and other vanity products. But, don't as you could be charged extra or even fined for taking pricier items, including linens, artwork, and electronics. Are you confused with the items that you can take home and can't? Here is more,


#4 - Drinking Tap Water

Shall I tell you a story of a nice family who noticed a funny taste in the drinking water during their stay in the hotel room? It turns out the family and the other guests had been drinking from a corpse-tainted water supply for several days πŸ₯› How did you feel? You read it right. There was a dead body of a monkey or such animal floating around and decomposing in the rooftop water tank. 

Surprisingly, it will be the most extreme case of tainted water I've told you in a while. It’s certainly not just the only story, but my advice is to don’t drink the tap water, no matter where you’re staying. Nothing good ever comes of it.


#3 - Cheating the Minibar

With the COVID-19 pandemic season, many hotel minibars have been removed from rooms. But, if you have received one, use it responsibly. If you are hoping to take a bottle of whiskey or something out of there, just accept that you’ll still be paying for it.  

So, don’t try to fake the hotel staff out by replacing the liquor with a half-sipped bottle of Diet Coke. I want to say this happens more often than you might think and the technology is more advanced than you think.  And those who do it still get charged double maybe. On one hand, it's not just dishonest with the COVID-19 pandemic aa it’s also unsafe for another guest πŸ§”


#2 - Disturbing Other Guests 

Staying at a hotel can be the relaxing escape we all need and it's a place to rest. So, it is expected that you will have the amount of silence required to achieve a peaceful environment for the other guests too πŸŽ™ πŸ”Š 

Loud music and voices should keep a check when you’re in a hotel room. In my experience, no matter how luxurious a hotel is, they are still built with materials that don’t allow a lot of soundproofing, especially from upstairs guests. In addition, avoid walking around with weighty steps so you don’t become “that annoying guest” for fellow guests πŸ‘ 


#1 - Touching Things Without Considering the Safety

I'm going to cover all the areas in a hotel room, but most especially the bathroom. By the toilet, lay down a towel on the ground, so your bare feet never touch the area where urine or other bacteria is likely to collect over the many times of guests staying in the room 🏨  

And ask the hotel for disinfectant wipes, at all doorknobs, the TV remote, faucets, and even light switches during your stay because the most ‘touched’ items and areas in a hotel room are often the dirtiest. Many hotels are now supplying disinfecting wipes for guests due to covid-19 guidelines especially. But, think about your safety and make sure to sanitize your hands after using germs areas in your room.


As I said before, staying in hotels is my favorite ❀ Somebody makes the bed for me, someone will bring me food if I call for it, and the best thing is that I'm on vacation. I hope that you also felt the same feeling when staying in a hotel.

But over some periods, I've heard quite a few doubts about things I shouldn't do in a hotel. So I did a little research to share with you. And it turns out that there are quite a few things I should never, ever, do when staying in a hotel. So, above is my list of top 10 things that you never should do in a hotel room. Make sure to avoid those habits during your next vacation in a hotel room πŸ§”


Written by
Guinness Bear

Hi, I am Guinness Bear. I am a prolific traveler and spend my days traveling across the most beautiful places and recommend it to you. So join me on my trips and enjoy every part of it.


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