My Hotel Housekeeping Habits and Strategy
We all have different habits when we stay at a hotel. Several readers have recently commented and/or asked about things I’ve mentioned in reviews related to my housekeeping habits. So I thought I’d share my general approach with hotel housekeeping, and I’m curious how the habits of OMAAT readers compare.
I still have the “do not disturb” sign on it
When I stay in a hotel, I usually have the “do not disturb” sign from the time of check-in until the time of check-out. The only exception is that I might not put it on the day of arrival, if I think a welcome convenience may arrive.
Why do I religiously use the Do Not Disturb sign? Because if I need something, I’ll ask for it. I’ve had way too many hotel staff knocking once and opening the door a second later, and I’ve had way too many unnecessary interactions from people knocking on the door ( like the housekeeper checking the room for ok — I’m sure that’s well intentioned, but I’ll let the hotel know if there’s a problem).
If I want cleaning, I explicitly request it
Since I have the “do not disturb” sign on most of my hotel stays, my approach is always to call housekeeping when I want my room fixed:
- Since I usually work when I travel, I spend more time in my hotel room than the average person.
- When I’m ready to leave my hotel room, I usually call housekeeping and explain that I’m leaving the room for X amount of time and would appreciate if the room could be cleaned
- I try to be realistic with my expectations; if I am not staying at a luxury hotel and the hotel has many guests arriving and departing, I acknowledge that between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. they may not be available immediately (since the priority is to clean rooms for guests checking in)
- I do the same for turndown service (for hotels that offer it), where I’ll call housekeeping when I’m about to leave for dinner and ask them to provide turndown service
I kind of assumed that was the number of people who had done it, although some readers in recent articles seemed surprised when I mentioned this in passing. I guess others don’t use the ‘do not disturb’ sign as much and wait for housekeeping to knock.
Personally, this system seems inefficient to me. I imagine that when housekeeping knocks on the doors, a large percentage of those guests are not ready to have their room cleaned yet, and I guess in some situations housekeeping has to knock multiple times on the rooms before they are ready to have their room cleaned. rooms cleaned.
This brings me to my next point…
I will leave the room when housekeeping is there
Again, I don’t know if others feel the same as me, but I never want to be in the room when housekeeping is there. Why?
- If I was a cleaning lady, I wouldn’t want anyone watching me do my job, so I don’t want to do this to others.
- At this time, many more people are concerned about personal space, and besides, it can be inconvenient to have someone cleaning around you in tight spaces.
- Last but not least, I’m an introvert and will do my best to avoid social interactions (I’m just being honest!)
This is another reason why I use the “do not disturb” sign and request housekeeping to show up at a certain time. The only catch is that sometimes I go back to my room and find that housekeeping is still there, in which case I’ll just leave for a bit longer and come back when they’re done.
I don’t always want cleaning
I think the last point to make is that often I just don’t ask for daily housekeeping at hotels that offer it. Truth be told, at more moderately priced hotels, I’ll usually only ask for housekeeping every couple of days, because it’s not like I’m making a huge mess.
Usually when I stay in a luxury hotel it’s a different story. Super cool hotels are more of an “experience,” and part of that is always having a clean space. Housekeeping in luxury hotels often puts more effort into room service. For example, at Four Seasons, they usually put a cleaning cloth next to a pair of glasses or a laptop.
Meanwhile, at Airelles properties, they will usually leave a different gift with turndown service every night.
Plus, who doesn’t love having their favorite toiletries filled? 😉
At the end of the line
We all have different lifestyles, and that obviously extends to hotel housekeeping. I always use the “do not disturb” sign and always call to ask for housekeeping if I wish. I just find it the easiest and most effective for all parties involved.
I had assumed a lot of people were taking a similar approach, but I’m not sure that’s the case.
So I’m curious to hear from OMAAT readers – what are your hotel housekeeping habits?