What is everyone's thoughts on hotels that are smoke free?
In Hawaii, just about every hotel I've ever stayed in has a 'no-smoking rooms only' policy. However, just about every room at just about every hotel has a balcony or 'lanai' as they're called here. I've never had a front desk person tell me I can't step out on the lanai and light up. Perhaps if someone in the adjoiing room comlained, they'd call me or come up and ask me not to smoke. But that has never happened yet.
In California, the last time I stayed at a major hotel in San Francisco (three or four years ago), I had a room where smoking was permitted. I did not smoke in the room, however, for the simple reason that my wife has some respiratory problems and can get violently ill from breathing scond-hand smoke. (Plus, a former smoker herself, she now detests the stink.) But in the hotels in California, on all floors where smoking is permitted, there are signs posted which say (I'm paraphrasing): "The State of California has determined that smoking tobacco is a health hazard. In spite of this, this hotel permits guests to smoke in this area. Please be aware of this fact." I believe those are official signs, issued by the state's Departmet of Health, and, by law, must be displayed in all smoking areas of a place of public accommodation.