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Why Haven’t Hotels Found A Solution To This Problem Yet?

by joeheg

While I have plenty of things to gripe about when it comes to airlines and ride-sharing services, the one place where I find the most amount of annoying things is at hotels. I think that’s because the problems at hotels are preventable, or unforced errors. A simple change would make all the difference and the fact that a hotel chooses not to make that adjustment gets under my skin.

I’m not talking about hotel thermostats, which they make impossible to set to your preferred temperature, on purpose, to save money. These things are much smaller and easier to fix. That’s why I find the fact that they don’t fix the problems to be annoying.

I’ve written several posts about my hotel pet peeves:

What else could hotels do to get on my nerves? How about a failure to understand the simple physics of how a door handle works?

Back in the day, doors had doorknobs. You’d turn the knob to open the door. With this mechanism, it was simple to hang something over the knob to alert the hotel if you were still in the room (Do Not Disturb) or if you wanted housekeeping to clean your room. Remember when you had to pay attention to which side of the sign was facing out before both sides said do not disturb?

Now that hotel doors have new locks, doorknobs have been replaced with updated hardware. In almost all instances, this means you’ll find a door handle instead of a knob.


I totally understand that a handle is a more practical device than a knob. You can open it even if you’re holding something in your hand, and it’s much easier for people with limited hand strength or function to use.

So why don’t hotels understand that since they’ve changed the handle design that the “Do Not Disturb” sign needs to be updated as well?

Is it just me, or does this happen to you every time, too?

Even when hotels try to get fancy, like this door hanger at the TWA Hotel, we still had the same problem of it falling every time we opened the door. The extra weight of this made it fall off even easier than the ones with a flimsy design.


The one hotel where we didn’t have a problem was the MOXY in Phoenix. I think that had to do with the design of the door handle and the small hole used to hang the card.


It was a little more difficult to hang on the door, but I didn’t have to worry about him sliding off the door onto the floor.

Hotels, could you please look to replace your signs with ones that don’t fall off every time you exit the room? If you could get on that, it would be great. I could then go back to complaining about why there are no outlets near the bed or why I can’t figure out how to turn on the shower.

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kidtangnan February 7, 2020 - 6:29 pm

The hole on that moxy do not disturb sign should’ve been on the crotch. missed opportunity

joeheg February 7, 2020 - 8:32 pm

Agreed! LOL!

derek February 7, 2020 - 6:53 pm

My pet peeve is getting rid of individual shampoo containers. The amount of carbon emissions to drive to get a hamburger and eating it is far more than a shampoo container.

Bctraveler February 7, 2020 - 9:07 pm

I absolutely love that hotels have gotten rid of the small bottles. I have been bringing my big bottles from home and filling them up! Extra value!

Arun Baheti February 7, 2020 - 7:52 pm

OMG, I was just complaining to my wife about this exact issue and telling her that someone must have thought of a simple solution. Mine end up on the floor almost every time.

joeheg February 7, 2020 - 8:33 pm

The cards that went into the key slots were a great solution but with RFID keys, there’s no place for them anymore.

Island Miler February 7, 2020 - 8:35 pm

YES. I ALWAYS have this problem. It’s even worse at places like Nobu Las Vegas where they have this giant, elaborate sign that inevitably gets caught in the door and prevents it from securing.

Bctraveler February 7, 2020 - 9:09 pm

My pet peeve is different coloured lighting. Nothing live having 6 different coloured led and Fluor bulbs in one room. Women must hate this too… it’s gotta be a pain putting on your make up properly.

DaninMCI February 8, 2020 - 6:19 am

Extended stay hotels figured this out long ago and use magnets as most have metal doors or door jambs. I’m not sure it matters though since many hotel maids just ignore the signs and come right in anyway.

Andy M. August 10, 2022 - 12:51 pm

Celebrity Cruises uses magnets as well for this. I would think there is a way for hotels to do that. You open the door, slap the sign on, and walk away.

As for thermostats – I had the limitations on how cool you can put it. In the past, I’ve used YouTube videos to find directions on how to override this.

Frank August 11, 2022 - 10:15 am

Even when they gave you small shampoo bottles, sometimes the hard plastic is so hard to squeeze the shampoo won’t come out until you’re furious…I’ve had to bite down on the bottle to make it work…..and spot on on having to figure out how to operate the water controls. ….remote controls that you don’t understand.

Tony N August 14, 2022 - 4:41 pm

Cleanliness: Do you really think they disinfect and clean? I don’t think so. I bring my own disinfectant supplies. And sleep on my own bed sheets.


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