20 Ways To Piss Off Hotel Staff

By JP Chartier

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Calm down, take a chill pill!

What is it about hotels that bring out the worst in people? Having worked in the hotel industry for over three years I can tell you first-hand that there are those individuals who are intent on making the over worked hotel staff miserable.

Hotel staff understand that you have been cooped up in a car driving all day, or have been in an airplane for a number of hours before arriving at the hotel for check in, but do yourself a favor and try to be nice and respectful, don’t take it out on the staff, if you do, you will most likely lose out in the end.


If its your thing to piss people off and you happen to be in a hotel, here are 20 Ways To Piss Off the Hotel Staff:

1. Get upset that your room isn’t ready yet, even though you arrived early.

2. Assume all hotel staff know how to do all hotel jobs.

3. Order room service items that aren’t on the room service menu.

4. Threaten staff with a bad internet review.


“You just wait till you read my review !

5. Be in a hurry.

6. Stock-pile room keys because you keep leaving them in the room.

7. Argue at checkout that you didn’t order that x rated movie, and refuse to pay for it.

8. Leave all your luggage and personal items strewn all over the bed, so when the maid comes in to clean your room, they have to take everything off the bed first.


Thanks for putting all 7 opened suitcases on the bed

9. Call the front desk at checkout time and request a late checkout.

10. Bring a hot plate and cook in your room.

11. Don’t tip the bellman after he helped you take your bags to the room. 


12. Give a bad review of the hotel without first consulting the staff about the problems you had.

13. Be rude.

14. Blow a minor problem all out of proportion and then demand something for free.

15. Talk on your phone while checking in.


“Oh my god, this clerk is so slow checking me in…”

16. Yell at staff in another language.

17. Let your kids run wild in the hotel and then act like it’s their problem.

18. Demand free stuff.

19. Steal from the mini bar and then deny it at checkout.

20. First postpone your arrival, then later cancel it altogether.

Remember, if you are rude and ask for directions, you are most likely going to get the wrong directions. Being demanding and mean during check-in will ensure you get the crappy room, like the one near the noisy elevator or how about the one above the loud bar. Disgruntled guests will be made to wait longer. Want your credit card frozen? Piss off the check in clerk and they can put a large hold on your card rendering it unusable for future purchases,then it’s a major hassle getting the bank to unfreeze it, and  by the time you figure out what happened, you will have wasted much time and endured much grief, what to do? BE NICE! 

Like my father always used to tell me, “Son, you never want to anger the hotel staff, and you never, ever want to piss off the cook or your waitress.”

So, unless you enjoy a cold shower in the morning, or don’t mind crying babies in the room next to yours, you should probably be kind and respectful to those that check you in, clean your room, cook your food or pour your drinks, because its YOU who will usually lose out in the end :)

Do you have a crazy hotel story? Have you witnessed rudeness? Or have you yourself been naughty? Please share what happened with everyone in the comments section below.


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  • Natalie says:

    Who takes a hot plate into a hotel??? :)
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  • Red Hunt says:

    Solid list of seemingly obviously things to avoid doing. I sometimes leave the minibar full with extra bottles of beer and drinks I buy locally…since I’m not paying those crazy hotel prices.
    I’ve often wondered if the room cleaning staff like the free alcohol, as an extra tip, or if they have to trash it.
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    • JP Chartier says:

      The few places I’ve worked for, the staff are required to turn in anything they find in the rooms, however, we all know there are those who are a little less honest and may snag a beer or even worse.. You are definitely in the good graces of the hotel gods for leaving extra items in the bar – good for you :)

  • Tag Along Deb says:

    Great list. Who brings a hot plate to their hotel room? I’m sure it’s happened, but wow! I stay in hotels a lot and after about a decade of extensive travel, I’ve only had one truly bad experience. It was at an inn in Porto, Portugal. They urged guests use their outrageously expensive laundry service (which I did for a pair of jeans) and had posted signs everywhere in the guest room prohibiting doing laundry in the bathroom. I washed out two small items of underwear thinking that surely they meant large items or extensive washing. After returning to the room later that day the hotel desk clerk chastised me for washing items in my room (they had searched my room after my departure!). This was the one and only time I have had occasion to complain vehemently to hotel staff. One could argue I did not follow the hotel rules, but really, how ridiculous! Generally, I find hotel staff always willing to please.

    • JP Chartier says:

      Thank you! You’d be surprised how many folks bring their own hotplates and cook their meals in the room, wanting to save some money. I would agree, washing a couple shirts in the sink is hardly taking advantage of the place. Thanks for sharing.

  • Rena McDaniel says:

    I hate when I see people acting like this to hotel staff. It’s a very hard job for very little pay as it is!
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  • Sabine says:

    Always be careful about pissing off hotel staff…;)
    Great list of tips. I don’t specifically have a special story. Just that many years ago I worked in a hotel as a student and I would have been more naughty, but was did not dare to do anything…:)
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