8.10.2009

Hotel Etiquette

Question: Anyone from Omaha, NE?

Y'all, I've been SOOO busy with projects, work, window displays, etc... I'm so tired right now. If you missed my guest blogger post on Wearing Mascara a couple of weeks ago, I'm re-posting here. I've finally decided (or found the time) to write more on one of my favorite topics, Travel Etiquette. The latest topic is Hotel Etiquette.

I don’t have much to say about Hotel Etiquette. Just one simple rule to remember, you’re not the only person that checked into the hotel! The walls and floors are thin. For the record, I don’t stay in cheap, roach motels. I stay in business class hotels. My favorite chain is Marriott…Courtyard, Spring Hill Suites, Renaissance, etc…


My biggest pet peeve is when I’m woken up (or is it awoken?) in the early morning to kids running through the hallways or running in their room. I guess parents forget there are other people trying to sleep and not everybody wakes up at 5:30 AM. Grrr… but kids get to do whatever they want these days, right? Just kidding, but not really.

I’ve also woken up in hotels to extremely loud snoring and the neighbors having s*x. The snoring is forgivable but nobody wants to hear others having s*x. The most memorable moment was in Florence, Italy. My hotel neighbors starting screaming as loud as possible during the act. All of the sudden in the middle of “Oh, Oh, Ah, Uh, Yes” someone yelled, “OUCH!”

I know most bloggers know how to behave while traveling. My hope is that those that don’t will come across these blog posts someday.

I haven’t always behaved myself in hotels….

When my sister and I were young, 14 and 11, our family took a road trip. We had the entire crew… parents, grandparents, and the brother. For some reason, my dad decided to be cool. He let Jenn and me have our own hotel room. We were SOOO excited; this had never happened.

The next morning as Jenn and I were getting ready, my Pawpaw delivered some goodies from the continental breakfast. You know the drill… day old doughnuts, dry muffins, and thawed fruit (Holiday Inn Express). Jenn and I were sitting on one of the queen sized beds and sampling our goodies. I took a bite and said, “This is disgusting.” Next I threw my day old doughnut into the other queen sized bed. Then Jenn threw her continental breakfast into the bed. I'm such a good influence. :) We thought it was really funny but realized we didn’t want Pawpaw or anyone (especially my dad) to see what we had done. So, we threw the covers over the continental breakfast.


Don't be fooled, we weren't always innocent



As we sat in the room with our bags packed waiting for the family to knock on the door for departure, we became very bored. We decided to kill some time by jumping on the bed with the continental breakfast inside. You can see why we were never allowed to have our own hotel room. Ha.

Pawpaw knocked on the door and came in for our luggage. We tried to rush out the door but he insisted on double checking the room for forgotten personal items. Jenn and I told him we he already double checked the room; he went for it anyway. Jenn and I stood in silence as Pawpaw opened the dresser drawers, checked the bathroom and then he pulled back the covers on the other queen size bed. When he saw the mess inside he said, “Awl…” and that was it. We all piled into the family suburban. I was so scared he would tell my dad. If my dad knew what we had done to our continental breakfast, our days of having a private hotel room were done, forever.



The bad attitude years. Didn't we all have those years? Check out our stylish outfits.


Pawpaw never told my dad but apparently he told my Grandmaw, Mawmaw. As we headed down the road, my dad said, “Girls, how was the continental breakfast Pawpaw brought to your room?” In unison we said, “Good.” Mawmaw said, “They told me it was stomping good.”


19 comments:

Kristen said...

haha that is hilarious!

amazeingteacher said...

your mamaw and papaw sound adorable!! and yes, you are correct...kids are allowed to do whatever they want these days (it seems:)) hope your life slows down a bit soon!

Rachel H. said...

That is TOO funny!! I can imagine myself doing something like that when I was a kid, as well. That's great!

Jill said...

Hilarious! Sounds like PawPaw and GrandMaw were pretty cool!

Kassie said...

What cool grandparents. :) I can tell you so many travel stories with irritating kids running up and down the hall...honestly!! lol.

Katie said...

seriously! what is it with people and etiquette these days!? I just posted on my blog about concert etiquette! grr. life.

xo
k

In this wonderful life... said...

hahaha this is great!!

A Balancing Act said...

Hilarious!! I can totally see my kids doing that! I love this post...

midnight macaroons said...

That's hilarious! It's funny when you don't have to clean it~ hee, hee. My best friend and I thought it would be fun if we threw wet "TP" on the ceiling of the hotel bathroom. We were staying at the Embassy Suits in Southern Cal. We got so busted by her dad that we weren't allowed to go to the beach for entire day. Shucks!!!

Sweet Simplicity said...

Stomping good! That is hilarious!!

Southern Bombshell said...

Oh for the days when you could comment on the loud, screaming, shoeless four year old throwing food in your direction at the local food chain of your choice. Or better yet......the days when that would never happen! Now if you were to say something you would just about end up in jail!

TanyaLea said...

That was 'stomping' hilarious!! ROFL!!! :-D

...and I love the rolled sleeves on the t-shirt from 'back in the day'! I have several photos that look almost identical to these! Too funny!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, that is such a funny story. Speaking of travel.....can you believe that Continental made people sit on a tiny airplane within sight of the terminal for 9 hours?! I would have faked a heart attack to get off. I have never liked their cramped quarters, but that was ridiculous!

Woman Interrupted said...

That was a cute story...mostly because if that's as naughty as you girls get, Pawpaw should be proud!

I agree about kids and sex in a hotel room...keep 'em QUIET!

...Mrs. Southern Bride... said...

haha, what a great story!

Kassie said...

Hello again...I left you an award on my blog. :)

Landlocked Mermaid said...

sweetie! I am going private on my blog .. email me if you want an invite xo

Jules said...

Love this post and the "bad attitude" pic! I agree that the walls are very thin in hotel room and sometimes we hear things that we certainly do not want to hear.

I cannot believe what you and your sister did with the breakfast...hysterical!

Wearing Mascara said...

I love this post :-)

Also, Steaks and Cakes (Piper) is from Omaha!