Luxury Hotel Etiquette and How To Be The Perfect Guest
While I’m not the wealthiest person in the world, I have had the opportunity to stay at several luxury hotels in the past few years and I must say, the experience is marvellous. Walking into the reception of a luxury hotel summons a wave of calm and tranquility that sweeps away the stress of everyday life. In an instance, you’re transformed into a new world of first-class service, fine dining, elegant landscapes, and incredibly comfortable pillows!
Obviously the experience is far different than staying in a budget hotel, so it’s important to appreciate this experience and respect the appropriate etiquette so that other guests can enjoy their experience equally. Some of us have been raised in upper class families where etiquette is very important, but most of us have not and there’s some rules and boundaries that should be respected, especially when staying in a luxury hotel.
While dress codes at luxury hotels have relaxed considerably over the past decade, it’s still important to look respectable and wear an attire that suits the hotel at which you’re staying. You don’t want to be wearing a suit at a beach hotel and likewise, you don’t want to be wearing a raggy pair of jeans and an old t-shirt. As a general rule of thumb, wear a smart pair of jeans and a collared shirt when checking in. If you’re heading to the bar or a restaurant in the evening, then it’s expected you wear a suit jacket. And if you’re unsure, look around and see what other guests are wearing and try to emulate their attire.
How To Conduct Yourself
Staying at a luxury hotel can sometimes be an overwhelming experience, especially for first timers. It’s important that you act naturally and confident, but don’t let your emotions take over and start taking photographs of every angle of the hotel. Smile and be gracious, but don’t act like you’ve never been to a luxury hotel before or you’ll stick out like a sore thumb. Remember, you’re staying in a community so respect the privacy of other guests by keeping noise to a minimum at night and if you need to answer your phone while relaxing by the pool, go somewhere quiet so you don’t interrupt the good vibrations.
Luxury hotels will always have a fine dining restaurant with tantalising food and staff that are trained to the highest standards of service. With this in mind, it’s expected that you wear the appropriate attire, but don’t be afraid to ask the staff questions if you don’t understand any items on the menu or if you’d like a description of a particular wine. Be prepared to have more interactions with the staff than at your local burger joint, so don’t click your fingers or wave your hands when trying to get their attention. You’ll also want to keep your conversation noise at a reasonable level and whatever you do, don’t get so drunk that you have to stumble back to your room!
Don’t Steal From The Hotel
There are some general items that luxury hotels will provide for free such as toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo and conditioner, and stationery, which is fine to take home with you as a souvenir. On the other hand, it is unacceptable to take home more expensive items such as robes, towels, pillows, lamps, hair dryers, or other appliances. If you’re unsure, ask the housekeeper, but the last thing you’ll want after your luxurious holiday is a visit by the police questioning you about theft. This is a big etiquette ‘no no’! The hotel respects your property so you should respect theirs in return.
Make The Most Of Your Stay
Being the perfect guest at a luxury hotel means that you enjoy yourself as much as possible. Luxury hotels are often situated on large properties with plenty of activities, so ensure you make the most of your stay by having as much fun as possible! Whether it’s sitting by the pool, hiring a jet ski for a couple of hours, or just watching a movie on your soft bed, you can find all the information you need on the guest engagement system that luxury hotels will provide. Engagement systems like Lifestylepanel incorporate Movies on Demand, room service, staff messaging, hotel activities and information, along with Wi-Fi and internet browsing, all from the hotel’s in-room television. If you’re a luxury hotel and haven’t yet implemented a guest engagement system, visit http://lifestylepanel.com/ for more information.