What Are Some Common Hotel Regulations and Rules?

Some common hotel regulations include the maximum number of guests allowed in a room, whether smoking is allowed, reservation requirements, specific check-in and check-out times, and whether pets are allowed. Hotels usually have a noise policy and a no-drugs rule, and violating either one can cause the guest to be evicted.

The maximum number of guests is determined by hotel management, and in some places, must match local fire codes. A small hotel room with two twin beds or one double bed is usually set up for two people. Some properties allow a rollaway bed or a crib for an additional child, but not usually for an adult. There may be an additional fee.

Most hotel rooms are set up for three or four people, with two double beds. Hotel rates are usually based on double occupancy, so a higher rate is expected for that third and fourth person. Some properties offer family plans in which children under a certain age are free. A rollaway bed fee may still be charged. A credit card is usually required for incidental charges, but some properties allow a cash deposit.

Some properties allow pets in designated rooms. Advance notice is preferred. Most charge a pet fee and/or a security deposit, and some also charge a nightly rate. Some high-end properties, such as Four Seasons, provide dog beds, treats, bowls, bottled water and samples of dog food. Not all Four Seasons' properties have the same amenities.

Most hotels are smoke-free, as of 2015, and charge hefty fines if smoking in the room occurs. Check-out times are usually late morning and check-in times are in the late afternoon. Special arrangements may be made, but most properties charge a fee for late check-out and early check-in..