Superstitions are a part of every culture, the world over. Whether they cause due to fear from unknown fact or from a misunderstanding of a consequence. These superstitions can be of different kinds, while some are extreme and specific to certain regions of the world and some others are harmless. People are heavily invested in these beliefs, no matter how silly or logical they are.
But in the hotel Industry, trouble arises when you have to tiptoe around these beliefs with sensitivity and respect towards your guests’ beliefs.
There are five of the most common superstitions that hotels have to deal with.
1. Mirror, mirror on the wall
Since ancient times, cultures across the world have several superstitions about mirrors. Some cultures consider that broken mirrors are bad luck while some others believe they could invoke spirits.
2. Knock, knock, knock
In the Chinese culture, superstition of knocking three times is an essential part of their lives and it is done out of respect for spirits that may be inside the room. Guests are always knocking on the door three times before entering the room. Perhaps this one has no specific impact on your hotel.
3. Never leave a bed unoccupied
In several cultures across the world this superstition is also popular, where single guests who check in to a twin-bed room will make sure the unused bed is also occupied with some belongings of theirs. If this belief takes your housekeeping staff an extra minute or two to tidy up the ‘other’ bed, so be it.
4. Good luck with the brooms
In different cultures, they have different symbolic significance. The most common one, of course, is the one where brooms are associated with witches.
Some of the superstitions that could affect your hotel are:
- After a guest leaves your hotel, wait for a few hours before you sweep the room. This is because popular belief has it that if you clean up a guest room as soon as they vacate the premises, the guest might never return.
- It is also believed that while storing your brooms, the bristles must always face upwards. Storing it otherwise might bring in bad luck.
5. The mysterious fear of the number 13
Here’s the thing. While to some of us, this may come across as a baseless superstition, the fear of the number 13 is a real thing and is known as Triskaidekaphobia. This fear is as common among guests as much as it is among hotel owners.