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8 Things You Should Never Do When Staying at a Hotel

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By    |   Monday, 02 December 2019 12:18 PM

You've booked yourself into a hotel and you'd like to just unwind and relax, but we all know that things can go horribly wrong. You may not be able to control everything that happens but you can still minimize unpleasant incidents by taking certain measures like keeping your valuables away from prying eyes so they remain safe. Travel experts revealed to Reader's Digest other tips that can make your stay as smooth and comfortable as possible. Based on the report, here are eight things you should never do in a hotel.

  1. Cooking without a dedicated kitchen area. Most hotel rooms are not self-catering, but there are people who are not deterred by this. "Some guests will bring their portable cooking appliances with them during their stay, and this can cause a few problems, primarily if the hotel room doesn't have any kitchenette area," said Ryazan Tristram, a photographer and travel blogger. There are several risks involved in turning your room into a mini kitchenette. You could trigger the hotel's fire alarm or even spark a fire.
  2. Stealing the bathrobes. Certain amenities provided by the hotel like shampoo and lotion are fine to take home, but the bathrobes are a big no-no, said Tristram. You could end up being charged for missing items.
  3. Lying about breaking something. You will probably not be penalized for breaking something in your hotel room but it's best to report it, especially if it is something like glass — which is difficult to spot and could be missed by a housekeeper. This may injure the next person to enter the room. Travel blogger Mathew knows about at least one incident in which a guest stood on broken glass and cut his foot. As a result, the hotel had to comp the man's stay in the hotel, all because the previous guest did not alert the team to the broken glass in his room.
  4. Sending sensitive information over hotel WIFI. "No one should ever, ever send any sensitive information or conduct any important business over hotel Wi-Fi — at least not without encryption," noted Harold Li, vice president of ExpressVPN. "Given how easy it is to hack public Wi-Fi hotspots, you might as well be yelling your passwords and bank details down the hall."
  5. Covering up the smoke alarms. It is common for smokers to cover up the smoke alarms so they can light up in their non-smoking rooms, but doing so is risking their safety as well as that of the other guests, said Bryony Summer, owner and editor of a travel blog.
  6. Forgetting to inspect the bed. You've paid a lot of money for your hotel room, so it is easy to just flop onto that luxurious bed without inspecting it for critters between the sheets. "I always advise travelers to put their luggage in the bathtub until they inspect the bed for bedbugs," said Mitch Krayton of a U.S. travel agency.
  7. Using the throw pillows. "If you notice the throw pillows on the bed or the couch have no removable sleeves, you can be sure they are never thoroughly cleaned," said seasoned traveler Kashlee Kucheran.
  8. Keeping your bathroom door ajar while showering. The vapor from your steamy shower can drift into the hotel room and trigger the hotel's fire alarm system if you leave your bathroom door open, Tristram said.

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