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Should Vegas Hotels Have Pool Chair Police?

August 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM | by | ()

Excuse us, do you know if anyone's sitting in those two chairs?

It's the most annoying thing ever. You want a pool seat. You're surrounded by them. You can't sit in any of them because they all have not people, but stuff all over them. And, you never see actual people in them.

It's so big of a problem that TripAdvisor commissioned a study this year on beach and pool etiquette. It found that

"84 percent (of those polled) get agitated when others save beach or pool chairs by leaving belongings on them."

It's something else that makes us bristle. No doubt about it.

TripAdvisor also reports that 37 percent of those surveyed believe there should be a 30 minute limit on saved seats. And, now hospitality execs are starting to listen.

Recently, Carnival and Norwegian cruise lines have enacted test policies on saving pool seats. The Norwegian Star is asking guests not to be away for longer than 45 minutes and is using a dot system to track absences. Meantime, the Carnival Breeze will place a warning note with the time on chairs with stuff and no bodies. If 40 minutes goes by and there is still no guest, they'll take the stuff and hold it at the towel station. Works for us.

Do you think hotels should do the same here in Vegas where seats disappear as soon as gates open? Sound off in the comments below!

(PHOTO: Bellagio Pool on Foursquare)

Archived Comments:

Too Confrontational

I like the idea of clearing out towels from people who have left or were saving seats. But confiscating people's stuff is only going to lead to some uncomfortable situations between guests.
For example: The pool police take Bruno's hat and glasses from a lounger because he hadn't been there in awhile. I come along and plop down in what was Bruno's lounger. Now Bruno, who has been drinking all day, comes back to find me in his chair and his stuff is missing. Let's just say he might be less than enthralled with the situation, and is ready to share his feelings with the person he presumes is responsible.
What I think would work better is towel management. Basically if the pool police see people leaving the pool area without their towels, they just ask if they can clear the lounger. Maybe ask at the exit if someone leaves without turning in a towel. Most of the time the issue is used wet towels on the lounger (like in the article's photo), and it is unknown if the seat is truly vacant.

Saved Spot

When I am in vegas, I stay at the Flamingo. Most of the poolside loungers are full by 10am it seems.
When I go down to the pool area, I don't go down barefoot and shirtless. I need a place to put the stuff I must bring. Sure I could get a locker, I think they have lockers, but I don't want to spend more there other than beer.

The dot system seems like it would not work. What if the person did come back in the time, but left before they checked again? Well there goes your stuff.

What I do is just ask the people around there if the seat is taken, if not win, if it is move on to the next. If they don't know and it is just a towel, I will move the towel off and proceed.

Mirage Does This

Recently stayed at the Mirage which has a sign as you walk into the pool area stating that unoccupied chairs will be cleared after a certain amount of time (something like 45 or 60 minutes).  'Don't know if this means just towels or also personal affects.