Wow EllenN. It is amazing to not feel alone about having trouble feeling irritated with guests that slam doors. We just had guests that were slamming the doors repeatedly late at night as the made seemingly endless trips back and forth to the bathroom during their getting ready for bed ablutions. They also thumped so heavily that the house shook. We were fretting for our other guest that was sleeping in the room right next door, and bewildered that they didn’t seem aware or to care that others we’re sleeping as they flung doors so that it sounded like cannons going off through the home. We felt like we were in a war zone, but it seemed like it was just their ordinary behavior. We have had some other guests do this too, although thankfully, most do not. It was even worse, because I had offered these guests an upgrade to a larger room with queen bed rather than full, on the opposite side of the home for the sake of their privacy and peace and (more importantly, the other guest staying). When I mentioned this and showed them the option to the other more expensive and and large comfy room, they only asked how noisy the other guest was, to which I explained she was very very quiet. To that they said fine then, we’ll stay in this room. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that they would have only cared for themselves, and not treated her to the peace that they would have hoped for themselves. We are still recovering from the stress of worrying about our other guests stay being ruined, and the discomfort of feeling people treating our historic home in this way.
I know not everyone cares about historic doors and what not, but surely everyone cares that guests respect others sleeping, particularly around midnight, when it should be pretty obvious that people will be asleep? How is it that some people are totally unaware of the noise they make, or don’t care?
How do you review people like this? What do you say that doesn’t make you sound hard to please as a host?