6 Things to Do if You Damage a Hotel Room
It's not hard to accidentally create some damage in a hotel room, especially if you've gotten just a little tipsy or the kids have had a hyperactivity attack. So, what do you do?

Dan Taylor | Jul 18, 2018

It's not hard to accidentally create some damage in a hotel room, especially if you've gotten just a little tipsy or the kids have had a hyperactivity attack. So, what do you do? Regardless of who created the problem, there's six things you should keep in mind.

1. Alert the hotel. In many cases, you will find them to be very understanding. We all know that stuff happens.

2. Based on the degree of the damage, most managers will remain reasonable and be easier to deal with if you've delivered a sincere apology. That little taste of honesty can make all the difference.

3. The things that hotels may not be empathic to is irresponsibility and malicious intent. So, you want to avoid those messages and words.

4. If the hotel deems malicious behavior, you can count on paying for the damages and any needed repairs. If the damage is so severe the room can't be rented, you could easily be charged for every night it's out of commission. And if any of your neighbors complained, you may have to pick up their bills as well.

5. Irresponsibility can go either way. You may get a pass for an accidentally broken lamp. The hotel realizes that a $50 light is cheaper to replace than your patronage, especially if you're a frequent guest. But it is critical that you tell the hotel and don't let them discover it after you're gone.

6. On the other hand, if you cause a fire from smoking, which is a no-no, they may throw the book at you. Sneaking in a pet is another annoyance for hotel managers. They don't care how cute or quiet they are; they just aren't welcomed, guests. Expect a fine if you get caught, and you may be asked to leave with no refund of your room fees.

Accidents happen, but being honest and fully disclosing spills, breaks, and tears is key to obtaining a pass or at least a lessened penalty. Always check the hotel policies!

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