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Working at night- takeout etiquette?

I will ask the hotel (15 Keys in Rome) also, but thought I’d ask here as well…

I have some Zoom meetings and work I’ll need to do in the evenings. I’ll be eating a nice sit down lunch every day for my big meal. For dinner, I’d prefer to get takeout and eat it in the room or on the terrace at the hotel. There is no hotel restaurant.

Is this egregiously in bad taste/against Italian etiquette?

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"Is this egregiously in bad taste/against Italian etiquette"

Hardly more from the truth, Italy as other cities in Europe and everywhere in the world, are absolutely overwhelmed with take-out delivery services. No one will ever know what you ordered for take-out - be it a burger and fries, Chinese food, a pizza, etc - well the delivery guy will know.

And further to that, I've been known to go for a hamburger and fries, in Italy, in full open view.

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Nope, no one will care what you do as long as you paid your bill and you enjoy your stay. Restaurants all over Italy sell carry out and not just tourists order carry out food. I have never seen a hotel in Italy that said guest can not bring food into the room. A matter of fact the last hotel I stayed in had room service and I had a Margarita pizza delivered . What may be egregious is having to worry about Zoom (aren't we all sick of it since the pandemic started) when having paid time off or on vacation in Italy

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As long as you are in Italy, not France you will be fine! The only place I’ve seen eating in the room banned is France which is a personal pet peeve and means I won’t stay in hotels in France, only self catering apartments. Now that I’ve vented about French hotel rules, feel free to eat your take out in Italy in peace!

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Great, thanks so much!! I’m on an academic study tour, so still “on the clock”. :)

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I've been the France more times than I can count and similar to Italy no one working at a hotel that saw me clearly with carry out held this in contempt. I've even stayed in hotels with a menu for room service in France.

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Whoops I just realized I posted in the wrong forum. Can mods move it or should I delete?

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"The only place I’ve seen eating in the room banned is France"

It is a tiresome rule and probably has everything to do with baguette crumbs and stinky cheese.

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Rome also has a number of Tavola Calda (Hot Table) type places, basically storefronts with prepared hot foods, where you can look, see what appeals and get it to go by the piece or kilo. Of course bakeries with pizza squares by the kilo and fried treats abound.

For a traditional restaurant, nearly every one invested in containers for take out during the pandemic, and the concept took off, so it is not so odd to Italians anymore.

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Lee,

Just leave the thread here. Most of us click on all topics and don't have an idea which category the thread is in.

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What may be egregious is having to worry about Zoom (aren't we all sick of it since the pandemic started) when having paid time off or on vacation in Italy

Some people aren't working during vacation, but vacationing during work. A significantly different, very modern, dynamic.

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I have some Zoom meetings and work I’ll need to do in the evenings

Oh my, surprised you have not been chastised for violating the terms of your Visa waiver; you can't work while traveling ;)

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I will be staying at the Fifteen Keys in a couple weeks and was also thinking about eating in my room in the evenings if I had no energy (or reservations) for a restaurant dinner.

I stayed in a B&B in Oban, Scotland in 2018 (it might have been an RS guidebook recommendation) which posted signs throughout the house that eating takeout in the room was forbidden, especially curries. They also had a rule that, if you wanted to use one of their towels to remove eye makeup, you had to use the dark washcloth and not the white towels.

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PreCovid one of my go-to hotels in Paris had a no picnic in your room sign. I noticed in October that was gone and 2 weeks ago it was still gone.

I think with Covid everyone was eating in their rooms.

Enjoy your trip even if you have to work!!

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Crumbs, oder, and attracting roaches. Then there's the grease marks on the chair arms and table tops. I'd ask the desk if it is allowed or not. If there's a kitchenette, that's one thing. Otherwise, this is a bedroom, not a dining room. They might have a breakfast room they'd prefer that you use.