To save money, hotel renters sometimes sneak extra guests into the room. Although seemingly harmless, the consequences for doing so can be severe.
Why Hotels Need to Know Your Party Size
Most rentals cost the same for one or two adults. However, a third or fourth guest means more housekeeping, and the hotel reflects this in its rate. Not to mention, a standard room comes with one queen or two double beds—not enough sleeping space for five or more people. That said, children are exceptions to this rule.
Although some hotels do offer cots, the maximum capacity of a room should never exceed four adults. This is because of fire codes and insurance policies. Having too many guests could obstruct or congest the room’s primary egress. More importantly, the hotel needs to be accountable for all its guests. Not knowing how many sleep in a room makes them liable.
Lying to hotel staff about the size of your party can have consequences. In some cases, you or the extra party members might get evicted. In others, you will be asked to rent a second room—sometimes an adjoining one for convenience.
Unplanned Guests in the Room
If you’ve booked a room for yourself, you can bring a friend or partner up to the room at no extra cost. As a temporary guest, you needn’t worry about registering this individual. Careful not to leave him or her alone for extended periods, though. If he or she assumes the role as primary occupant, it might breach the hotel’s security code. After all, they do not have information on this individual.
When in doubt about a guest, refer to the hotel’s policy or ask the front desk. Being open about your party size can help the staff make the necessary arrangements for a safe stay.