Do Not Disturb signs at Vegas hotels are anything but quiet

Hotels in Vegas are known for going over the top when it comes to conveying their theme or brand. (Surely you’ve seen the half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower in front of Paris Las Vegas.) Our hotels also take great care to make style statements in smaller, less publicly visible details – like on their Do Not Disturb signs.

What? You thought these would just be simple notices to scram. Think again. Yes, Do Not Disturb signs in Vegas still inform hotel staff to get lost when guests want to be left alone. But these seemingly old-fashioned door hangers do so in creative ways that would make any hospitality marketing professor smile with pride.

Here are 13 of our favorite Do Not Disturb signs that we’ve “borrowed” from hotels (kidding…none of these were collected with sticky fingers). But because they are so cool and clever we get how appealing it might be to, uh, pinch one for a Sin City souvenir.

Do Not Disturb signs for Hooters Casino Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace

Do Not Disturb signs from Hooters Casino Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace

Most tongue-in-cheek

Like the chain of restaurants adored by men, Hooters Casino Hotel is staffed with curvy cocktail waitresses and dealers – called “Hooters Girls” – who wear tight tank tops and tiny orange jogging shorts.  Of course, the head honchos at Hooters would never admit that the company’s name is a double entendre for a woman’s jiggly parts. They’d probably say it refers to owls and their “hooting” call. But when you see “No Knockers” on the hotel’s Do Not Disturb sign, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? We thought so.

Known for delivering the quintessential rock ‘n’ roll experience, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino isn’t afraid to be suggestive when telling passersby to get lost. Their Do Not Disturb sign simply reads “Tied Up,” which is innocent enough…except that it’s accompanied by an image of handcuffs. Hmmm, so what exactly is going on behind that closed door? Wait, we don’t want to know.

Most elegant

Leave it to Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace to have a refined, royal red tassel as their Do Not Disturb sign. What else would you expect from this modern Japanese-inspired boutique hotel? It’s definitely a classier take on the old sock placed on the door handle signal that you would have used in college.

Do Not Disturb signs from New York-New York, Rio, Paris Las Vegas and Downtown Grand

Do Not Disturb signs from New York-New York, Rio, Paris Las Vegas and the Downtown Grand

Best use of a hotel’s headlining entertainment

“Zumanity,” the provocative headlining show at New York-New York, is for those who aren’t easily embarrassed or offended. A mix of burlesque and cabaret-style fun, it’s known for showing off the racier side of Cirque du Soleil. And speaking of racy, if you put out your Do Not Disturb sign at the Big Apple-themed resort, you’ll have instructed the maid to return later with a feather duster. Just to clean your room, of course.

Although the Rio has taken a less risqué approach, the carnival crazy resort still demonstrates its playful side with the help of celebrity magicians Penn & Teller. On the Do Not Disturb sign, the quirky duo is photographed with their index fingers over their lips while mouthing “Shhh” – the gesture recognized worldwide for peace and quiet. This is fitting because Teller is typically silent onstage and communicates only by miming.

Best use of a hotel’s theme

Are you one of the countless Americans who’s having a love affair with France? Moi aussi! For people like us, Paris Las Vegas is the next best thing (and a far more affordable option) to traveling overseas. Not only does the resort have the aforementioned Eiffel Tower replica, but you’ll also spot a faux Arc de Triomphe, Avenue des Champs-Élysées and Place de la Concorde here. And when you put out your Do Not Disturb sign, it will read “Privée, s’il vous plaît” – and your heart will swell with joy because that’s just so French!

In its quest to provide a Manhattan-esque atmosphere, the Downtown Grand, a chic urban hotel in downtown Las Vegas, has employed a simple phrase for letting hotel staff know you want to be left alone: “Move On.” It’s not quite as crass as what a true New Yorker would say (i.e., “What are ya, a freakin’ idiot? Stay the hell out!”). But the sparse text and its basic white-on-black design gets the point across and…oh, yes…this analysis of mine is boring…let’s just move on.

Do Not Disturb signs from Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, Harrah's and The LINQ Hotel & Casino

Do Not Disturb signs from Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, Harrah's and The LINQ Hotel & Casino

Most humorous

Okay, we admit it. Compared to other cities, Las Vegas isn’t that old and our hotels of yesteryear, unfortunately, are more likely to be imploded than restored. But there are some resorts that maintain strong ties to the past like the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino. Opened in 1906, it’s got more than a century of partying under its belt, and it’s survived the Prohibition Era. So when you read “Last Night Was Historic” on the Do Not Disturb sign, count yourself in good company – with legendary guests like Clark Gable and Rat Pack bar regulars Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.

The Do Not Disturb sign at Harrah’s says “Building Awesome Pillow Forts.” We love this. It’s fun. It’s playful. It instantly transports you back to your childhood. Anyone who’s ever built a pillow fort knows that crawling inside is like entering a world of imagination. And, hey, isn’t that what every trip to Vegas is ultimately about?

Sneak preview

Currently known as The Quad, The LINQ Hotel & Casino doesn’t officially debut until Oct. 30. But we got our hands on one of its Do Not Disturb signs a day early. Colorful and with a funky hexagonal pattern, the design suggests either latticework or a network, which fits with the resort’s new name because you’ll be able to count on both Wi-Fi and social connectivity here.

Do Not Disturb signs for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Bally's and Caesars Palace

Do Not Disturb signs from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Bally's and Caesars Palace

Oldies but goodies

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas naturally has distinctive Do Not Disturb signs – and by “naturally” I mean their signs have a natural, woodsy look (you can even see the grain), which gives off a rugged vibe where anything goes. In early 2013, the resort partnered with Flaunt magazine to create a collection of six contemporary door hangers that featured designs from world-renowned artists – David LaChapelle, The Date Farmers, Theo-Mass Lexileictious, Jean-Charles De Castelbajac, Bert Rodriguez and Alan Aldridge (his colorful, kaleidoscope-like sign is pictured above). Large-scale renderings of this Do Not Disturb series were on display in P3Studio while the small-size versions were sold in the retail store. Although no longer available, we appreciated their irreverent humor. So creative!

Brandishing the suit of clubs from a deck of cards, Bally’s current Do No Disturb sign is clearly fit for a gambler. The resort, as a Caesars Entertainment property, has used that theme in the past to promote events like the launch of WSOP.com. While bringing the excitement of the World Series of Poker online, their Do Not Disturb signs suggested guests were busy “Getting Some Action.”

Caesars Palace has a stately Do No Disturb sign befitting of their Roman Empire theme. But we really miss some of the resort’s old door hangers, like this timeless treasure that commands “Do Not Disturbus” while a cartoon emperor (is that Julius Caesar?) lies fast asleep. The other side is even funnier. A buxom toga-clad maid attends to the dozing emperor…with none other than a licentious feather duster!

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I’m a Las Vegas native. By profession, I write at Vegas.com. Mostly about the city’s hotels, but on other topics – gaming and transportation – too. I really love staying at hotels. And the ones here are among the biggest and best in the world. Some key things I’ve learned: Resort fees are inescapable (frustrating but true), a friendly attitude at the front desk may score you a great view and over-the-top room amenities – bath butlers, Japanese tea service, menus with “intimate” items – do exist. What else should you know about me? Well, I’m comfortable at a blackjack table. And I like eating late-night pancakes in hotel coffee shops. A lot. Follow Renee on Google+.