Annoying things about staying in hotels

Top 10 things British Holiday Makers hate about hotels

Weary Brits are finally voicing their opinions on their hotel gripes. From cleaners barging in unannounced, to cold buffet food and greedy holidaymakers reserving sun loungers, is it any wonder self-catering holidays are on the rise?
The UK’s busiest holiday home website,, which expects to be responsible for £300 million worth of holiday home rental bookings this year has released a survey about what is turning people off booking hotels.

The findings reveal that we have come to realise that lack of space and private facilities, having to get dressed for breakfast, and hearing your fellow guests ‘nookie’ noises in the room next door, is not the way to spend a holiday.
Instead, holidaymakers are opting for the increasingly popular self-catering holidays and making the most of the freedom a holiday home provides.

Ross Elder, managing director of, says: “Brits have long been fans of the self-catering holiday, however, in the past 18 months the real benefits of the holiday home have come to the fore, with holidaymakers appreciating the value, space and flexibility this vacation delivers. Remember, you can’t swim naked in the hotel pool!”

Top 10 hotel gripes

  1. Lack of space and private facilities.
  2. Price – especially when there’s more than two of you.
  3. Astronomical mini bar prices.
  4. Cleaners ‘tidying up’ possessions when they should only be making the bed.
  5. Being able to hear the TV, screaming kids and ‘nookie’ in the room next door.
  6. Having to get washed and dressed for breakfast (and by a certain hour).
  7. Cleaners coming in unannounced.
  8. Knowing the best food is gone or has been sitting ‘warming’ for a long time if you turn up late for breakfast or the buffet dinner.
  9. People who ‘reserve’ sun loungers.
  10. Chintz.

No mention of expensive wi-fi in hotels then. At we certainly appreciate the space and privacy of a villa rental holiday but also have to admit to being a bit partial to excellent buffets on an all inclusive holiday. Then again it is nice to sample local restaurants – and if there is a big group travelling to a villa it’s sometimes fun when a different couple prepare dinner each night.