DCON Attendees,

Key Club enjoys a reputation for being a well behaved and polite group of teenagers wherever we go. We know that this year’s DCON will be no different. For many of us, this DCON will be the first time we have stayed at a hotel. But even if we are more experienced, it is unlikely that anyone has given us any orientation of how one should behave in a hotel setting. Here are some guidelines.

Hotel Etiquette
In Your Room:
  • Keep the noise down. This includes voices, television volume, music, and anything else that can disrupt the rest and relaxation of others. If someone else is noisy, contact someone at the front desk and let the hotel staff deal with it.
  • Use the trash can to dispose of your garbage. Make sure that you throw away anything that you don’t want, especially before leaving for home. Otherwise they will make their way to Lost and Found and take up unnecessary space.
  • If you have a problem, such as noise or lack of hot water, call up the front desk and inform them politely. Do not yell or shout, as it will not resolve the problem. Talking politely will always do the trick.
  • Treat all furniture and fixtures in the room with care. These are not your personal belongings, and the hotel has expectations that you will leave them as you found them. If something is broken or doesn’t work, contact the front desk and let them know right away. Waiting can lead them to believe you broke it.
  • Respect your roommates’ need to go to sleep by curfew and respect their stuff.
  • Never take reusable items when you leave. You may take consumables such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, and lotions. However, bathrobes, towels, dishes, glasses, mugs, coffee pots, and other objects are there for use only during your hotel stay. Take them and you will be charged.
  • Be an eco-friendly guest. Some hotels provide toiletry items for their eco-conscious guests, including the option to forego the daily towel service. Do your part by turning off the television, coffee pot, clothes iron, curling or flat iron, room lights and raising or lowering the air-conditioning before leaving.
  • Before leaving the room in the morning, don’t leave your dirty clothes, towel and other things lying around. Housekeeping staff must adhere to time limits when cleaning rooms and if you leave a room messy, they will overshoot their time limit or may miss something while cleaning your room.
  • When you leave your room, don’t let the door slam closed. Hold it until it closes gently and quietly. Also, do not prop door open with the lock or latch as this is a very bad security risk for those inside the room. If a roommate needs a new key, go to the front desk and get another one (but bring identification). Never write your room number on your key.
Common Areas and Facilities:
  • Meals. Food provided at DCON is not “all you can eat”. You may go through the food line only one time and only for yourself. Meal tickets are required, so don’t forget them when you go to eat. At the Saturday evening banquet, sit at your assigned table only. Do not move chairs to or from a table. Each seat is assigned to a specific person in advance and cannot be changed.
  • Be as quiet as possible when walking down the hall to or from your room. If you need to talk with someone, use a soft voice. Remember that noise echoes in hallways and the sound may be amplified in the rooms. Try to refrain from talking in the hallway between 10:00 PM and 8:00 AM.
  • Use proper language as one might expect of a Key Club member.
  • When you get to the elevator, be respectful of others getting off or on. Once you are inside, wait for others to load before pushing the button for your destination floor or hold the open button. If you have bags, push them as close to the wall as possible and get out of the way of anyone who needs to get past you. Don’t play with the buttons on the elevator. Ride only the elevator that is going in your direction.
  • Read the rules before using workout rooms or other facilities. Be considerate of other guests.
Thank you for reading and if you have any questions please reply to this email!

Yours in service,
Tara Garner & Robby Witten
District Conference Co-Chairs
Florida District of Key Club International, Inc.