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Hotel Do’s and Don’t’s

(CNN) — Hotels invite guests to make themselves at home, but even with the warmest hospitality, there are still a few areas where you don’t want to get too comfortable.

Smarter Travel recently compiled a list of hotel do’s and don’t’s and the first habit to avoid starts as soon as you check in.

“Never reveal your room number and a lot of times when you’re checking in, they’ll say it out loud. Always ask them to write it down on paper first. That’s going to give you a lot of protection. You never know who’s listening,” says Anne Banas, Executive Editor with Smarter Travel.

By now, everyone has heard stories about the remote control being the ickiest item in a hotel room. Resist the urge to flop down on the bedspread too.

Banas adds, “They don’t launder those as much as they launder the sheets, so you don’t want to take any risks. So just throw it on the floor and then you know, go from there.”

No one wants to think about washing dishes on vacation, but drinking from in-room glasses or mugs without a rinse can also be a major “don’t.”

“There have been reports with housekeeping staff actually cleaning those with Windex, and not just at low-end hotels, but also some high-end hotels, so be sure to give those a quick rinse,” Banas says.

Speaking of beverages, be careful with the minibar. Many now have sensors and even picking up an item and setting it right back down, could cost you at checkout.


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