On vacation, your hotel is supposed to be your oasis, your home away from home. The price you pay for a room (especially if it’s steep) is meant to cover the cost of a good night’s sleep, some quiet if you need it and a clean environment to settle into. But sometimes things don’t go according to plan.
You can never account for other people’s behaviour, and in the case of hotel stays, all it takes is one rowdy neighbour to spoil an entire trip. Expedia surveyed over 1,000 hotel guests to find out who the biggest annoyances are, and the results may or may not surprise you. (If you’ve ever stayed in a Las Vegas hotel, then you’ll probably understand most of these.)
10. The Elevator Chatterbox
Unfortunately for most of us, this doesn’t solely apply to vacations. So take how annoying these people are at home or the office and then apply it to your vacation — it’s far worse. While it’s nice to have a conversation with random people on occasion, no one wants to hear about your in-depth conspiracy theories or what you ate for lunch. Zip it.
9. The Business Bar Boozer
We understand wanting to take a load off while on business. Believe us, we do. But it’s one thing to have a drink or two to unwind, and quite another to make a fool of yourself at the bar, making passes at strangers or saying belligerent, loud things. What’s worse is when you wake up the next morning and remember what you’ve done.
8. The Hot Tub Canoodler
Sure, there’s chlorine in there, but…ew. No one wants to see that, no matter how “in love” you are.
7. The Loudly Amorous
This is a common one, especially if you’re staying at a honeymoon destination. We don’t necessarily fault the couple — after all, they are in their own room — and often the culprit is too-thin hotel walls, but it doesn’t take too much effort to tone it down, even just a little bit.
6. The Poolside Partiers
Depending on the kind of person you are, these partiers can either be wholly irritating or mildly amusing. We’re mostly in the latter camp (who doesn’t like to see rambunctious Beer Pong gone awry?), but it crosses a line when you’re getting splashed or a huge frat guy falls on your pool chair.
5. The Bickerers
Oh, them. The endless arguing. The pointless nitpicking. Nothing is more awkward than being caught in the domestic disputes of strangers, and it’s even worse when you can’t escape because it’s happening in the adjoining room. If the walls are thin, crank up the TV or music to drown out the redundant arguing.
4. The In-Room Revellers
Another frequent occurrence while travelling, room parties are a dime a dozen. It’s like taking a trip back to residence. You could be that person and call the cops/hotel management, or you could ascribe to the old adage: if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.
3. The Complainers
We were once on a bus tour and this woman would not stop complaining about everything: the food, the bus itself, the temperature outside, the temperature inside, the seats…you get the picture. Aside from not indulging the chronic whiner, our best advice is to tune them out with headphones or, if you’re able, just simply walk away.
2. The Hallway Hellraisers
Similar to the room partiers, these people care even less about hotel management or police. You’ve heard it before: the screaming and laughing while running from room to room and the banging of walls. Our advice is to wait it out — generally these folks won’t hang out in the hall for too long, and they’ll make their way elsewhere before they get in trouble or possibly booted out of the hotel.
1. Inattentive Parents
This was the most annoying group of hotel guests, according to the survey. It’s actually one of the scariest, too, in our opinion, especially if a child is left unsupervised by open bodies of water. So maybe it’s not that the parents are annoying, per se, but rather that we feel responsibility for the kids who aren’t being watched, and we resent it. Dammit, it’s our vacation too!