Tips on Hotel Etiquette

When we’re on vacation, we expect a lot from our hotel; all of the conveniences of home, at an affordable price, while being waited on hand and foot. Everything from hair dryers, coffee makers and midnight room service are now often not just luxurious extras – they’re expected. That doesn’t mean, though, that hotel guests can take these services for granted. If you’re planning a trip and have booked a hotel in Irvine CA, or any other major city around the world, here are some etiquette tips to keep in mind to make your stay a happy one for all:

  • Plenty of advance notice: If possible, try to give the hotel plenty of notice when reserving a room, particularly if you require special amenities like a cot or crib. The day before you’re scheduled to arrive, call the hotel to make sure you’re confirmed.

  • Let the hotel know if you plan to bring your pet. Not all hotels accommodate pets, while others have restrictions on size and breed, so don’t assume anything. Call ahead and ask.

  • Use good manners: While the staff are hired to make sure you have a pleasant experience, they deserve to be treated with kindness and respect. A simple, “please” and “thank you” will go a long way.

  • Keep the noise down: Have some consideration for other guests in the hotel, and keep the noise to a minimum, particularly after 11:00 p.m.

  • Respect the furniture: Treat all furniture in your room, as well as the lobby and other areas with the same treatment you would at home.

  • Tip: Tipping is a major part of your hotel stay; the general standard is between 10 and 15 per cent. The doorman, concierge, parking valet, restaurant staff, and cleaning staff are all in need of tips at the end of your stay.

If you remember good etiquette at your hotel in Irvine CA, you will have a much nicer experience and you’ll be welcomed back next time!

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