One of the things I do every year is ask the hotel staff how this PAX went for them. These are the people that are keeping things running at our chosen 'home base' for PAX, and dealing with the general public is a very hard job. As someone who worked retail for around five years, I have personal experience on the difficulty level and try to treat them all with the greatest amount of respect I can.
This year, I was disturbed to hear that at least one group of 'guests' had left a big enough mess behind that the housekeeping staff member was unable to clean things up on her own and actually left the room in tears to find someone else who could take care of it for her. Obviously, I was not able to get full details due to privacy and such, but things such as vomit and rows of beer bottles were mentioned.
The thought that this might have been a PAX attendee appalls me.
Yes, we are paying money to stay at our chosen hotels, and yes, it is the job of the staff to take care of many things, housekeeping included, but that is no excuse to leave a room in such a state that the housekeeping staff leaves the room in a panic. We are 'guests' of the hotel, and we should act and treat the rooms and staff accordingly.
I'm 99% sure that participation in the OnPeak group rate thing is voluntary, and if people trash the hotel, they very well may decide that PAX isn't worth the business and withdraw from it, making things more expensive for everyone else.
Don't be That Guy (tm) and screw it up for the rest of us.
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