Don't Walk Around The Lobby In Your Robe: We get it. The robe is so comfortable. The spa is just downstairs. Your room is just a quick elevator ride away. You paid for this experience, dammit. But aside from quick jaunts to the spa and back to your room, there is no need to walk around the lobby in your robe. There just isn't. (Feel free to debate us on this in comments below.)
Don't Ask the Concierge These Questions: Depending on the concierge's mood, you might be sent to a real stinker of a restaurant/show/bar/store.
Don't Touch the Minibar Unless You're Absolutely Sure: The days of guzzling down a vodka bottle and filling it back up with water hoping the hotel won't notice that you cracked the seal are long gone, thanks to these newfangled mini-bar sensors. If you even so much move a Coke bottle from the rack, you will get charged. Instead, opt to stay at hotels that aren't so strict about their minibars like Andaz Hotels and Kimpton, which offer goodies and non-alcoholic beverages gratis.
Don't Get Intimidated By Room Service Bills: Room service charges can be a source of major anxiety during a stay. We explored this angst in an OpenThread. There's a nice server in your room who so politely looked the other way when your robe slipped open a little bit. They've set up the table, poured the syrup on your pancakes and coffee into your mug, so you gotta tip them right? Not necessarily. The room service bill includes a delivery charge and a gratuity charge. There's an extra line for another tip but only if you think it's necessary.
Don't Leave Your Room Service Tray in the Hallway: The last thing we want to see when we return to our hotel room for some R&R is whatever you ate for dinner last night. Pick up the phone and call room service to remove the tray. It's as easy as that. Besides, you might end up like this guy.
Don't Stiff The Maid: While extra room service tips are debatable, tipping the housekeeper should not be, especially if your stay is two days or longer and you've been an outright slob. You don't have to tip everyday but a nice tip at the end of your stay is a good idea.
Don't Expect a Late Check-Out: Late check-outs are like the Holy Grail of hotel stays. They are practically impossible to get. That's because, again, housekeeping needs the time to get that room ready for the next guest. Of course, it doesn't hurt to ask. Sometimes the hotel will oblige and give you an extra hour. You could also pay anywhere from $25-$50 to stay a few hours longer. Otherwise you can squat and wait until hotel security forcibly removes you from the room. You know, if you're into that.
Don't Stand for Poor Service: Calmly let the manager know what dissatisfied you during your stay. Hopefully, they will do the right thing and please you whether it be an upgrade to a suite on your next stay, removing a charge from your bill or offering a spa/restaurant credit. If the manager doesn't care, then come talk to us.
Don't Skim Through Your Check-Out Bill: With express check-outs now available through the room TV, email and even on the hotel's own smartphone app, it's so tempting to just click CHECK OUT and have the final folio sent to you later on. However, these bills often contain mistakes like double charges for movies, minibar items, room service or WiFi. It's a real pain to have to sort these mistakes out by phone once you've returned home. But if you make time to review your bill while you're still on site, you can have the front desk correct the charges right then and there.
Don't Pay for WiFi: We're typing this sentence from Starbucks where we paid $2 for a water. A hotel that's charging $100+ a night can find a way to get you free WiFi (especially when the HoJo's internet is gratis). Let's not give in to these charges any longer! For more on who's charging for WiFi and who's giving it out for free read our annual WiFi report right here and be on the lookout for our 2013 report.
Got your own DON'Ts of staying in a hotel room to share? Drop them in comments below!