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More clever and sassy hotel Do Not Disturb signs

Chances are that when your fly somewhere, you’ll spend the night at a hotel.  And, if you’re not too sleepy, you’ll remember to put the do not disturb sign on the doorknob.

From my Bing Travel slide-show of clever and sassy door tags, here are few (more) samples:

Calling itself Brighton’s “sauciest boutique hotel,” England’s Hotel Pelirocco has put a twist on the Do Not Disturb concept in one of its unique, themed rooms.

The Do Knit Disturb suite is filled with the handiwork of local artist Kate (Cardigan) Jenkins, who knitted up this framed Do Knit Disturb artwork and hand-knit covers for most of the room’s furnishings, including the telephone and the lamp.

And in the San Juan range of the Colorado Rockies, just over the mountain from Telluride, the hand-built cabins at the Dunton Hot Springs Resort are urban cowboy-elegant. The all-inclusive rates hover at around $1,000 a night, but each do not disturb sign is nothing more than a recycled paint can lid that’s red on one side, and green on the other.

You can see the full Do Not Disturb slide show on Bing Travel

Cool hotel Do Not Disturb signs

From the Limelight Lodge in Aspen, Colorado


A do-not-disturb tag is a tiny but useful, low-tech device that becomes essential when you want uninterrupted time to sleep, work or play in your hotel room. A simple “In” or “Out” sign could suffice, but many hotels have gotten mighty creative with this housekeeping tool.

Here’s a sampling of the Clever Do Not Disturb Signs I found for a slide-show I created for Bing Travel.

From Boston's Libery Hotel, in the former Charles Street Jail. Signs request "solitary."

Do Not Disturb: Housekeeping crew restoring zen at motorcycle-themed Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee

Sassy Do Not Disturb signs at the Sanctuary Hotel in New York City

More tomorrow…

Want a quiet hotel room? Try an airport hotel.

(Image from column courtesy John Brecher /

What’s the use of battling the crowds at the airport and on the airplane if you end up checking into a hotel where the hallways are noisy and the walls are so thin that it sounds as if the guests next door are having that private conservation in your room?

For some tips on how to get a good night’s sleep on the road, take a look at my Well-Mannered Traveler column: Do not disturb – How to get a quiet hotel room – posted this week on

You may be surprised to learn why airport hotels are sometimes your best choice.