21 surprising things that will get you kicked out of a hotel

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While some people are on their best behavior while away from home, others turn into absolute terrors with appalling manners, disgusting hygiene and mystifying entitlement - just ask a hotel employee. Bellhops, concierges, front desk agents, housekeeping staff and other employees deal with many aggravating guests with unreasonable demands and snotty attitudes. And when a guest's behavior gets especially bad, they are forced to kick them out.

But what kind of behavior is over the line? Technically, there are all sorts of colorful ways you can get yourself booted from a hotel, since the staff are within their legal rights to evict guests for any reason they deem fit - even reasons not explicitly banned. Hotels have a duty to protect the peace and safety of all their guests and their staff, and if your behavior is disruptive, destructive, illegal or unsafe, you may find yourself without a place to stay for the night. Plus, you'll lose your money and be charged for any damages. After all, the unruly guest is the one who breached their contract with the hotel. While most travelers know that things like noise complaints or starting a fight in the hotel bar will send you packing, here are some more surprising ways you can get yourself kicked out of a hotel.

 

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Letting in wild animals

Hotels are usually quite forgiving when it comes to accidental damage or things in your room breaking after being worn down from regular wear and tear. But purposefully or negligently ruining, breaking or staining objects in your room will result in your on-file credit card being charged for the damages and you potentially getting kicked out. In fact, one Canadian man received a lifetime ban from a hotel after he left his room's window open, letting in a flock of 40 or so seagulls who utterly destroyed his room to get to a suitcase full of pepperoni.

 

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Skipping

Luxury hotels are all about appearances, so anyone being disruptive or not living up to its image could find themselves being removed. New York City's Knickerbocker Hotel has had many prestigious past guests like F. Scott Fitzgerald and John D. Rockefeller, but even wealthy businessman and socialite John Vernou Bouvier III, Jackie Kennedy's father, found himself deemed below the hotel's standards. In 1919, he was kicked out of the lobby for skipping.

 

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Contaminating the pool

Doing anything that creates an inconvenience for staff or other guests will definitely get you the boot, such as smoking in a non-smoking room. This applies to common areas like the gym, hot tub, or the hotel pool. Bringing any outside food or drinks, such as a tub of cheese puffs or a six-pack of beer, into the pool or hot tub could get you fined a fee or kicked out entirely. That's because stray cheese dust or a sloshed beer contaminates the area, making it unappealing for other guests and requiring it to be cleaned.

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Trying to scam the minibar

Minibars are on the out because they're a pain to maintain, they often lose money for hotels and most people view them as overpriced scams. Still, there are plenty of people who go out of their way to try and scam this scam by doing things like replacing whiskey bottles filled with tea or vodka bottles with water so it doesn't look like they've been used. Or, for the minibars with sensors, poking holes in bottles to drain them without moving them. The risk of getting caught and paying $10 for a bag of peanuts, or worse, getting evicted, really isn't worth it.

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Arguing for free upgrades

Many hotel employees have seen every approach in the book when it comes to people trying to lie or weasel their way into free things. Even worse is when you double down and get angry when they decline your request. Throwing a temper tantrum in order to get a room upgrade or a late checkout will have the opposite effect on savvy staff, who just might make the call to toss you out rather than appease you.

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Giving constructive criticism

In the age of the internet, hotel staff are accustomed to reviews on a variety of online platforms from both disgruntled and happy travelers. But it turns out professional reviews can still rub them the wrong way. Hotel inspector Paul Hackett told one British newspaper that sometimes after doling out feedback about his stay to management, he's been thrown out of the hotel. Turns out some hoteliers aren't open to constructive criticism. 

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Ruining the appliances

Eating and drinking in hotel rooms is expected and often encouraged with provided appliances like mini fridges, microwaves and coffee makers. But these appliances should only be used for their intended purposes. Making a grilled cheese with the iron, making ramen in the coffee pot or using the hair dryer to melt your microwave pizza are all "hacks" you can find on travel websites, but if you accidentally ruin one of these provided appliances, you'll not only be on the hook for paying to replace it, but you could also be asked to leave if your behavior is deemed excessively irresponsible or negligent.

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Smuggling in an animal

While patrons with service animals cannot be denied lodging, many hotels are pet-free or charge fees for bringing your furry friend. But if you try to pull a fast one with your pet dog or cat, the front desk clerk can void your key before you even make it to your room or come knocking to kick you out and charge you a fine.

 

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A barking dog

Even if you're staying at a pet-friendly hotel, you and your four-legged friend could still get kicked out. Some establishments prohibit you leaving your pets unattended. Even if they don't, consider hiring a pet sitter to watch or check on your dog. If they're barking and disturbing other guests, you could also be asked to leave. Even if your dog isn't a big barker at home, they might be scared or nervous in a strange setting.

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Wearing tight swim trunks

Even hotels in Sin City have standards for what can and can't be on display at the pool. In 2018, a man was kicked out of a pool party at Encore Beach Club at the Wynn Las Vegas for wearing tight, short swim briefs, which staff said went against the pool's dress code banning "risque and indecent swimwear."

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Violating a dress code

Plenty of other high-end hotels have dress codes, and guests who aren't aware of them could end up out in the cold. For example, London's Connaught Hotel has a "smart casual" dress code and made headlines for kicking out flamboyant fashion designer Daniel Lismore from its dining area for not fitting in.

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Attracting crazy fans

Plenty of touring or vacationing celebrities have gotten kicked out of hotels for bad behavior like trashing their rooms; but other stars have gotten kicked out because of their rabid fans. When fans of celebs such as Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj swarmed the hotels' lobbies, the artists were asked to leave because their presence posed a danger to other guests.

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Refusing to pose for paparazzi

Conversely, boy band One Direction got tossed out for the opposite reason: They wanted to avoid the paparazzi and fans in front of their hotel. According to member Niall Horan, he and his bandmates were booted from a New York Trump hotel after staff refused them access to the garage so that they'd be forced to be photographed in front, promoting the publicity-hungry hotel. Rather than forgo their privacy and be used as props, the group and their staff opted to find alternate lodging.

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Being a prankster

Even if you're not an A-lister, there's still a risk you could get kicked out if you hold another media profession that could be worrying to hotel staff. YouTube personality Vitaly Zdorovetskiy is known for his elaborate, viral prank videos, and when his five-star hotel in Boca Raton caught wind of who he was, they chose to escort him out rather than run the risk of being the site of his next prank.

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Campaigning

Hotels are meant to be calm places for out-of-town travelers to rest after a day of meetings or activities. They also have to appeal to groups of every belief and affiliation. That's why many hotels stay neutral when it comes to politics. Many hotels have policies prohibiting political displays in and around their property - so candidates or campaigners staying in a hotel have to do their politicking elsewhere or risk getting removed.

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Smoking in a non-smoking room

Sneaking a cigarette in a non-smoking room might not seem like that bad of an offense, but it's actually a huge expense and inconvenience for the hotel. Cigarette smoke invades all the linens and cloth furniture and getting rid of it can take a week, meaning multiple reservations might have to be moved around. Hotel staff have little patience for those who break this rule, so they could kick you out if they catch you, on top of assessing a cleaning fee.

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Disabling the smoke detector

Though the smell will give them away anyway, many people try to sneak a smoke by disabling the smoke detectors in their rooms or in the halls. The problem is trying to disable it could set it off or notify the front desk or alarm company. Tampering with a smoke detector is a crime or finable offense in many states and will definitely also get you kicked out if you're caught doing it.

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Threatening staff

Violence isn't the answer, especially when it comes to getting something you want at a hotel. Traveling is stressful, but whether you're staying at a one-star or five-star hotel, taking out your stress and frustration on staff by getting aggressive with them will end with them calling the police. Yelling, getting physical or threatening violence against employees or the hotel can get you kicked out with no refund.

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Throwing a party

Even if you've booked a massive suite, hotels aren't the ideal place to let loose and have people over for a party. That's because the rooms aren't soundproof, and after inevitable noise complaints from fellow guests, you will get the boot, perhaps after the police have been called to break things up. Even if you're keeping down the volume, hotel security will catch on if the cameras show dozens of people heading into your room.

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Sneaking in extra guests

When you make a reservation, you're required to disclose how many people will be sharing the room. As the number goes up, the nightly rate increases. Trying to skirt around extra costs or occupancy restrictions will serious miff hoteliers. You're not only cheating them out of money, but also posing a security and safety problem to them and the other guests. If you get caught, you can get charged a fine or kicked out.

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Not being able to pay

Hotels nowadays only accept credit cards and charge the full amount of the stay upfront, except in the case of extended stay guests, who get charged on a recurring basis. This can lead to surprising situations where a guest runs out of funds or reaches their credit maximum. While hotels try to be gracious and give people time to set up an alternate form of payment, if they aren't able to, they'll be kicked out, so make sure you can afford your dream vacation before booking it.

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