HOTEL CONFIDENTIAL: Smoking Marijuana in a non smoking hotel

By: CityFella
The debate continues to rage on between smokers and non-smokers, as  more Hotel chain go, completely smoke-free  with guests often caught in the middle.
In January of 2006, Westin became the first hotel chain to ban smoking at all 77 locations in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
Smoking is no longer permitted in guest rooms, restaurants, bars and all other indoor public spaces. Guests are still permitted to smoke on balconies and other outdoor areas*

Marriott went 100 % smoke free in  all their United States and Canada hotels in October 2006.  This is the largest move in the hotel industry to date, affecting over 400,000 guest rooms.

Marriott’s brands include:

  • JW Marriott
  • The Ritz-Carlton
  • Renaissance
  • Courtyard
  • Residence Inn
  • SpringHill Suites
  • Fairfield Inn
  • TownePlace Suites
  • Marriott ExecuStay

Starwood has expanded its smoke-free initiative to all Sheraton and Four Points by Sheraton and Westin hotels in the United States and Canada..

Why Are Hotels Going Smoke-Free?

In response to new information from the Surgeon General over the past few years regarding the dangers of secondhand smoke, requests for non-smoking guest rooms has been on the rise. Many smokers are also in the habit of requesting non-smoking rooms, increasing the demand. Marriott already had 90 percent of its guest rooms designated as non-smoking before the ban was announced; Westin had 92 percent.


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For hotels, the benefits outweigh the possible loss of bookings from smoking guests. Smoking rooms incurred more costs for cleaning and repairs of burned furniture and carpeting. Also, having all rooms designated as non-smoking simplifies tracking available room inventory.

Will All Hotels Go Smoke-Free?

Westin and Marriott remain the only two chains that have implemented a company-wide smoking ban, along with dozens of independent hotels.

Other hotel companies, including Hilton, Intercontinental Hotel Group and Starwood (Westin’s parent company) have said they will continue to offer smoking rooms as an option to guests. Even so, options for smokers are shrinking due to market demand. For instance, Hilton already sets aside only 10 percent of guest rooms for smokers.


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(smoking marijuna in a non smoking hotel)

First things first, if you enjoy smoking, don’t choose a non smoking hotel.

Fees for lighting up range from $200 to $375.

Some hotels use electronic devices others rely on the old tried and true .(the nose) .

Giving a choice, some front desk employees would prefer a mellowed Marijuana smoker, to an out of control drunk.  However,there are others employees who may call the police , in fact lighting up your favorite form of Cannabis  could land you in jail .

Marijuana, has a  distinct odor, it draws attention to passers by.  Opening a window will simply distribute the smell throughout the hotel.  Placing a towel under the  door could cause a reaction in the sensor in the room and may cause the smoke detector to go off.

It often comes down to the  hotel clerk or management and their position on marijuana .

One manager at a Yuba City hotel has instructed his staff to call the police if they suspect someone in a guest room of smoking marijuana.

People who smoke Marijuana in a hotel are stupid and should got to jail. Every time we have called the police it was a positive call, a lot of grown people have been in rooms with teenagers smoking.  I don’t like it, my guest don’t like it and if dont’t react  they don’t come back.”

A Scene from a Natomas Hotel

“Last summer man checked in on one of those cheap, Priceline rates, he and whole family were smoking Marijuana  in the room, even the boy who couldn’t be more than 15 or 16 was caught smoking in the hallway  in his underwear by one of the housekeepers.  When he got his bill, he went crazy saying he didn’t smoke.   The assistant manager called the police and he was arrested,  I think he had a lot more of that stuff in the room.

Many non smokers are extremely sensitive to smoke and will call the front desk to report someone smoking..

One couple took matters into their own hands.   A couple called to complain about room next door,her husband has emphysema  and they could smell smoke coming from the room and wanting something done!

The front desk called the suspected room ,‘ nobody’s smoking here” .    We called the room and relaid the message,  ” They are too smoking.  this is a non smoking hotel and you better do something! ”  What we can do is move you to a different room-why do we have to move!- I want to speak to the manager! I’m sorry the manager isn’t available. ” If something  isn’t done, I’m going to call the police, the  smoke could kill my husband!”

The main console buzzes-someone has called 911.    The front desk calls the room, there’s no answer.    Security is sent to the room-from the elevator he can hear yelling.    Security radio’s down to the front desk and says people are fighting in the hall.     When one of the staff arrives, he sees  two couples arguing in the hallway.  One man had two cigarettes in his mouth. (we guess making a point) his wife is yelling at him demanding he return to the room,   the husband was trying to hold his wife back as she is yelling at the man.      Meanwhile the ruckus was disturbing other guest who were now calling the front desk.   The Police never showed..  And the offending guest left the hotel calling the woman a lunatic and vowing to sue Marriott “saying they had rights as smokers and was going to sue Marriott”.

While they did not charge him for the room, they did charge him $250 for smoking.

* Marriott does not allow smoking on hotel balconies 

Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

3 thoughts on “HOTEL CONFIDENTIAL: Smoking Marijuana in a non smoking hotel

  1. Just put the lock on the door and if the cops come flush your stash, Tobacco laws do not apply to weed, thats why they have places like vapor central in Toronto where you can light up in doors, smoking laws apply to tobacco. So I am going to westin on new years and plan to light up probably just in the washroom with the fan on. If they decide to call the cops and the cops actually show up on new years for the smell of pot in Toronto…..somethings wrong with the system, especially with all the drunk drivers and abusive drinkers going to be spilling out of government night club 1 block away but whatever.


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