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We recently stayed at the Country Inn and Suites in Wilmington North Carolina. Well, we actually ended up staying there TWICE over the course of 5 days, since we booked these flights before Club Carlson removed the Bonus Award night of their credit card. So in order to get 2 of the nights free, we booked 2 separate 2 night stays and got to wondering about hotel etiquette tips for kids.
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Both times that we were there, we had some extremely loud neighbors, which made us start wondering – what do parents tell their kids about proper behavior and hotel etiquette when staying in a hotel?
Noisy kids at hotels
Now believe me, I am no stranger to noisy kids. I have 6 kids, so I can relate to the fact that kids make noise. I am not one of the people that thinks that kids should not talk ever. The “Children should be seen and not heard” ship sailed a loonnnnng time ago 🙂
I would say that I have a pretty high tolerance for kid noise, so if *I* was noticing the noise from my fellow guests, it was probably pretty intense. So although I have a high tolerance for kid noise, Carolyn and I are also hyper aware of the fact that we have a lot of kids and so it is always front and center in our minds to try and keep our kids from disturbing other people. Which is not to say it always happens – one time another passenger on an airplane told my wife and I that we were “the type of people that shouldn’t have children“
My top 4 hotel etiquette tips for kids
When we look at hotel etiquette tips, our general philosophy that we teach our kids is that hotels are like libraries with the basic rules that:
- You do not run up and down the halls
- You talk in a regular voice in your room (no shouting) and in a whisper in the halls, ESPECIALLY early in the morning or late at night
- No jumping up and down, banging on the walls or slamming doors.
- This is a hotel and it is not your house
Does this seem reasonable? To me it seems pretty much like common sense but unfortunately, based on our recent experiences, it seems like many other parents are not operating by these hotel etiquette rules (or, frankly, ANY rules whatsoever other than just do whatever you want)
Are there other hotel etiquette tips for kids that you use? Let me know your best hotel etiquette tips in the comments