Hotels have to abide by company policies, which means, so do their guests. While most hotel experiences are pretty lax and uneventful, your overnight stay might be met with reverberation should you choose to ignore the rules. And while these rules may not seem obvious, these bends in their policy won't go unnoticed, especially if it's a disturbance to other guests.
That being said, hotel policies are not a one size fits all. Depending on where you're staying, the hotel may shrug off some of these nuances, while others will strictly enforce them. Some of these rules apply to guests, while others apply explicitly to hotel employees themselves. Here are the ten weirdest hotel rules that you never knew existed.
10 No Tattoos or Piercings For Employees
This isn't a hard and fast rule by every hotel, but if it's a major corporation, it will be hard to spot tattoos or extravagant piercings on hotel employees. Despite the modern acceptance tactics, these hotels are still trying to hold onto this old-fashioned policy in the name of professionalism. Tattoos typically have to be covered by long sleeves or makeup, and only one of two piercing can be worn on the ears (no facial piercings allowed). In fact, those who have a noticeable amount of tattoos or piercing may have a hard time landing a job at a hotel.
9 No Smoking In Bed
Most hotels offer rooms that are both smoking and non-smoking, though contemporary resorts are now trying out the practice of fully non-smoking establishments. Even those who do offer smoking in their hotel rooms still try to enforce one specific rule that most people ignore: no smoking in bed. Smoking in between the sheets may not seem like a big deal, but it presents a minor fire hazard. And after all, who should be to blame if the bed sheets or neighboring curtains go up in flames?
8 No Gambling
Gambling is legal under federal law, but each state enforces its own specific regulations. This rule may not apply to all hotels, but generally speaking, they don't want guests promoting gambling activities on their property. Friendly games out in the lobby or in restaurant areas are especially frowned upon. You may choose to host small games in your own suite, as long as your not soliciting it. Games may even be held within their banquet rooms, should you choose to purchase one for this purpose. However, this may involve extraneous paperwork to structuralize the legalities and permits needed for gambling in certain areas and on public property.
7 No Soliciting
Under no circumstance should a guest use a hotel to solicit their own business. This includes handing out flyers, laying down business cards, or offering services on hotel property. This could result in your termination from your room.
Of course, the best practice to use is to simply ask hotel management for permission to disperse your business signage. If you are simply looking for a place to hang your brochure or place your business cards, the hotel may be willing to offer that service.
6 No Meetings
If you have ever thought to hold a business meeting in a hotel lounge as opposed to the atypical coffee shop meetup, just know that hotel management may ask you to leave. Hotels have banquet and conference rooms that they rent out for these specific purposes. So guests (and especially non-guests) who try to utilize their public area for their own use, will probably get the boot. The hotel may be lenient on the matter, but it's best to ask before your client or partner arrives in order to save you the embarrassment of relocating.
5 Limitation On Guests
When you sign up for a hotel, it requires you to input how many guests you have. Failing to disclose the proper amount or inviting guests as an afterthought could lead to additional charges. Most hotels ask that guests, at the very least, keep their guests to a minimum. Hotels actually require that their guests "check in" their visitors so that the hotel is privy to anyone staying on the property for a prolonged amount of time. Guests often skip this rule, but the front desk staff may be keeping tabs.
4 Age Requirements
Each hotel will have its own say in this rule, but generally speaking, hotels only allow adults to check into hotel rooms.
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Anyone who is over the age of eighteen is technically allowed to book their own stay, though there may be extra charges or questioning to those under the age of twenty. Minors can check into hotel rooms on their own, but the room usually has to be purchased and approved by a legal guardian.
3 Refusal Of Service
All hotel employees reserve the right to refuse service to any guests. This includes maid service, checking in, food delivery, alcoholic beverages, and more. If a hotel employee feels uncomfortable serving an intoxicated guest at the hotel bar, for example, they are actually required to stop serving them. And if a guest is being inconsolable and causing a scene at the front desk, the clerk has full rights to cancel their reservation or have the guest escorted from the property.
2 Fire Alarm Checks
This is an infuriating, yet unavoidable rule for all hotels. These establishments have to undergo routine fire checks and safety guidelines in order to ensure they are up to code on all of their fire hazard and safety obligations. Sometimes these fire drills happen multiple times a day. And because hotels never close, it always happens when there are guests inside. Guests are required to exit the building in an orderly fashion for these drills, though many people choose to ignore this rule.
1 Free Upgrades
Not all rules are bad! The free upgrade concept is more of a guideline than a rule, but it's a nice one to be aware of. Hotel desk clerks have free range to upgrade a guest's hotel room, occupancy permitting. Sometimes the front desk staff does this without prompting, especially when the hotel is at low occupancy. Otherwise, guests should remember this rule in order to try their chance at a free room upgrade. It works best during the hotel's regional off-season time frame.