I work as a hotel receptionist

FROM acquiring to offer with random people today going for walks in the developing in the early hours of the morning to hoping to sort out a range of issues, performing as a lodge receptionist is not as effortless as some may perhaps assume.

When Louanna*, 25, moved to London early this yr, she was in a desperate want of a task – and with an hourly salary of £12 (£3.50 extra than the common nationwide least for older people her age), a hotel receptionist posture appeared like the best selection.

Louanna has been a hotel receptionist only for a few months - but already has stories to share


Louanna has been a hotel receptionist only for a several months – but previously has stories to shareCredit history: Getty

But inside a several days of the new role at a large-finish lodge in London, Louanna realised it can be not just the early starts that could possibly grow to be an challenge – it really is also some consumers.

The entitled, the straight-up impolite, the scammers – Fantastic spoke to the younger woman to uncover out the ins and outs of everyday living as a lodge receptionist.


Charging up to £450 per night time, the four-star resort is surely not in everyone’s finances.

But with the significant cost tag, it also seems that those who are able to manage it also assume everything and just about anything in the services.

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In the course of one particular of her very first shifts, the worker recalled, there was a woman who barged into the lobby and walked straight to the reception earlier the queue of individuals who have been all patiently ready.

As if it was some unexpected emergency, the posh woman approached Louanna and her colleague expressing she’s experienced the ”worst working day ever”.

”She was like ‘Oh my God, I just went to this store and they gave me the improper size, can you envision?”’

”Now my husband’s occasion is heading to be ruined,” she additional in advance of proceeding to inquire Louanna for her mobile phone so she could contact the retail outlet and have them supply the items to the hotel.

Attempting to be well mannered – and also slightly intimidated by the arrogant center-age lady – the 25-calendar year-old failed to even issue the ask for and handed the girl her mobile phone and listened to her ”grilling” the shop’s employees.

”A quite peculiar experience.”

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When Louanna 1st joined the branch a number of months ago, minor did she know she’d have to also become a element-time investigator.

Chatting to Amazing, she shared a tale about an incident which took location somewhat lately, when a guy referred to as inquiring to e book the most high-priced suite in the resort for his granddaughter’s birthday.

When he confirmed up the adhering to day, the alleged granddaughter experienced abruptly turn into a daughter, and his youthful age, Louanna extra, designed the scenario come to feel ”a bit suss”.

Together with with her colleagues, she determined to simply call a couple other hotels nearby.

This is for the reason that, she described, there is some thing known as a hotel blacklist databases (if you’re common with the insane and unbelievable story of the phony German heiress, Anna Delvey, you can expect to know what this implies).

Having contacted other inns in the spot, it became really rapidly that the man experienced created a number of other phone calls of the exact character.

Even though it truly is difficult to inform what the approach was, Louanna did say there was ”definitely one thing shady going on here”.

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Just about anyone has been dissatisfied with a product or a support at least as soon as – and this is where refund will come into play.

But for hotel staff members like Louanna there is certainly practically nothing even worse than an not happy refund searching for who is only ”too stingy” and needs his dollars back again.

While the firm coverage is, like across most institutions, that shopper is constantly ideal – and the refund will be issued with minor questioning – she can tell when a individual is genuinely dissatisfied.

”To be honest, I would rather just give them their refund and not waste my power arguing.”


Considerably less widespread than impolite and entitled customers but nonetheless just as irritating, Louanna unveiled, are individuals who wrestle following guidelines.

”I necessarily mean, they are there for a reason.”

Not only will breaking the established list of policies – these types of as smoking cigarettes only in permitted places or not moving into premises that are strictly employees-only – make the day tougher for personnel but also damage the remain of other individuals.

Below, the 25-yr-aged recalled a latest instance where by a bloke had gone exterior for a cigarette on a rooftop.

But when the door had shut and he was not able to get again in, the alarms went off and everyone woke up.

The staff members at the reception experienced to act speedy and make your mind up if the alarm was really worth contacting law enforcement for.

”We only had 30 seconds, it was so demanding.”

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Fortunately, no a person was harmed and in the finish there was no require for any solutions to hurry to the resort- but it can be undoubtedly a night Louanna will never neglect.

*Title has been improved to protect the identification.