Hotel Bag-Drop Dress Code

My heuristic for everyday dress:

Anyone who travels using Airbnb knows that check-in times can be extremely varied. One day you can check-in at 10:00 am, the next you are left waiting with your luggage until 3:00 pm. 

For most of us, it doesn’t make sense to carry suitcases around for an entire day while you wait for the host to clean the apartment. 

Whenever I’m in this situation, I drop my bags at the fanciest hotel I can find. 

Why? Fancy hotels provide the best service. 

If you’re dressed appropriately and act confidently, your bags will be taken care of, and might even be served a complimentary drink (yes, I’m traveling in Europe). But, if you look too sloppy or careless, the hotel won’t let you past the door. 

I have found that the hotel bag-drop dress code is the perfect middle ground between casual and formal dress. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love dressing casually. Sometimes too casual. But, I’ve found that the hotel bag-drop standard makes sure you’ll look sharp enough to be able to strike up conversations with strangers, create serendipity, and be treated respectfully. Hotel staff aren’t the only people that judge you based on appearance.