Do You Always Use Housekeeping?

Feb 21st, 2006, 12:57 PM
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You're right - I missed it reading before. That's way cleaner than I choose to be anywhere!
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Feb 21st, 2006, 12:58 PM
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jlm, I'm with you on the towels and trash and will add vacuuming to your list! How many people use fresh towels every day at home, or vacuum, or empty the trash daily?? I realize trash cans at hotels are small, but how much stuff gets taken into the room that needs to be tossed out anyway? We don't have room service trays to worry about because we always put them in the hall when we finish.

That said, I DO use maid service, but only because beds generally need to be remade if they are using a flat sheet for a bottom sheet. If we are staying in a "green" hotel, we do reuse towels, absolutely.

I don't miss maid service in the least if we are staying in a condo that doesn't provide it and could do without it in a hotel.
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Feb 21st, 2006, 01:02 PM
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Me too, JLM. The only time I'm that clean is for the two hours after my cleaning service has been to my place.
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Feb 21st, 2006, 01:04 PM
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If I am staying only two nights, I almost always refuse housekeeping. I don't make much of a mess in one night, and I would rather not have my room and things disturbed.

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Feb 21st, 2006, 05:04 PM
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jlm -

when I go to a meeting the work is usually non-stop, you collect and review and report on - and discard a lot of materials from competitors. I also take the opportunity of being away from the craziness of the office to review documents and proposals - send comments to the staff working on them and then throw out the originals. My trash can is full of papers - really stuffed - every day.

Plus I always eat breakfast in my room - it's a chance to catch up on e-mail while I'm eating - and an excuse to leave socializing with the client to some mid level folks (good experience for them and helps the client gain confidence that I don;t have to do everything - it's enought I have to take the clients to a foofoo dinner every night.
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Feb 21st, 2006, 05:18 PM
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Usually we will refuse housekeeping for a few days at a time. I don't like to be without a room in the middle of the day if we come back from touring and the housekeeper has just arrived in the afternoon when we wanted to freshen up or whatever.

If we need soap or something I will get it outside from the maid at the cart in the morning. I never stiff the housekeeper though. There will always be the proper tip for the length of the stay on the table when we leave.
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Feb 21st, 2006, 05:43 PM
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When traveling for business I almost always keep the "do not disturb" sign on the door and call down to tell them I don't need service. I'm a slob. I leave my stuff all over the room. I don't make up the bed. There are usually plenty of bath towels for my stay - and if not I'll switch out towels when I see the maid and cart.

But, the main reason is that I leave my laptop out and just don't anyone in the room while I'm out.

I DO remove the sign before evening turn-down service if it's offered. My new best friend is the night maid at the Ritz - she gave me handfuls of chocolates each night! Of course, that was after a nice tip!
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Feb 21st, 2006, 06:20 PM
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Interesting thread GoTravel, and interesting comments. Personally I would love to have Housekeeping at home every day if the truth be known.

I don't like clutter around..if I am staying for than one night in a hotel I hang my clothes up, put shoes etc. in the closet. My cosmetic's etc. go back in their bag when I am through with them. Reading material on the desk etc.

When I go back to the hotel to rest or get ready for dinner it is after 5:00pm so Housekeeping is finished.

I don't like reusing towels, especially hand towels for more than one day. And I hate making beds but love a properly made bed which Housekeeping always seems to do properly. Hate overflowing wastepaper baskets.

Actually I could live in a hotel and be quite happy.
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Feb 21st, 2006, 06:32 PM
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oh boy...this is one of my favorite topics when I travel with my husband!

Hotel maids make barely above minimum wage. Many of them work two jobs to help support their families. If I can ease their aching back and legs even a tiny bit by letting them skip scrubbing my toilet and emptying my trash cans, I am happy to do so. It could just as easily be me in their shoes.

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Feb 21st, 2006, 06:35 PM
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But if a majority of hotel guest told the desk they didn't want Housekeeping it would seem there is a possibility that the hotel would cut down on the number of employees and consequently some people would be out of work. Just the other side of the coin.
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Feb 21st, 2006, 06:45 PM
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" I can ease their aching back and legs even a tiny bit by letting them skip scrubbing my toilet and emptying my trash cans, I am happy to do so. It could just as easily be me in their shoes."

But you aren't. If they finish early, their boss will ask why they are done early and then assign them to other rooms. they also lose out on the tip.
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Feb 21st, 2006, 06:53 PM
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I tip for every day I'm there - whether or not I use maid service. If anyone on this planet deserves a tip, its hotel maids.
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Feb 21st, 2006, 07:02 PM
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If there is no demand for the service, the supply will be reduced. And that would certainly be unfortunate for those who need the paycheck.
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Feb 21st, 2006, 10:38 PM
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I have at times stayed at a hotel during the day while SO is working (vacation for me). The one thing I have never seen is a housekeeper wash their hands. Never, ever. Not after collecting trash, cleaning toilet, collecting damp towels or sweeping the floor(dragging cord as they go).

Never before stocking clean towels, soap, glasses, making bed etc.

In other words, the appearance of clean is what it provided. Yes, I have at times been bored and looked by way of peephole in door when I heard noise from the hallway. I have seen bags of trash thrown on top of the cart (and "clean" towels, glasses, toiletries).

So, what do I do? Same as above, spray door handles, bath handles, shower area and bath counters. That is after I look at sheets, towels and bathroom to see that there is nothing really ick when I check in.

I don't want the housekepper handling everything after I spray it. I really don't want the housekepper handling my personal things.

I always tip well. I call housekeeping to request no service, leave the no service sign on the door. If I see the housekeeper in the hall (when I don't leave early for the day before they are in the hall) I tip them daily since I know some people work only some days. Otherwise, I leave a nice tip at the end.

I don't know what anyone else does at home. However, when I pick things off the floor or clean the toilet, I always wash my hands before hanging clean towels, making the bed or handling clean drinking glasses.

I love to travel. However, I know lower levels of hygiene are part of it. At the cheap hotel or at the fancy ones I've seen the same things.

Once I saw how things were done at hotels, I decided that new "clean" towels were not needed every day for me. I like to "let the germs die off them a little" (my little joke that SO and I share) before I dry with them.

What does everyone else do at home? Clean the toilet then hang clean towels or replace glasses with no handwashing?

I hope I haven't made anyone worry that didn't before. Before I saw the housekeepers at work I never worried about the "clean" things being really clean.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 04:24 AM
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"but love a properly made bed which Housekeeping always seems to do properly"

But to my way of thinking, housekeeping never properly makes the bed. Another reason for me to avoid using them.

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Feb 22nd, 2006, 04:38 AM
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I also keep the Do Not Disturb sign on my door at all times.

I do give the maid my trash daily and get coffee packet refills.

Okay, another one of my weirdo things, does anyone else bring creamer and sweetner for the coffee machine from home?

I like Splenda and the creamer most hotels provide is chalk dust.
 
Feb 22nd, 2006, 07:13 AM
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You know, I always thought I was:

>a weirdo with freaky privacy issues.

And maybe I still am. People have told me I should live in a bubble, but I'm willing to exit my bubble every now and again.

There are germs everywhere. If you live in a world filled with anti-baterial wipes, you will kill good germs along with bad. Wash you hands every now and again (esp. after using the bathroom and petting animals) with regular soap and water and live dangerously.

By the way, yes, I have put the do not disturb sign on the door to keep the maid away.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 07:37 AM
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Sometimes i decline housekeeping services if I'm working nights, which is often. I can go a couple days with out service..trade out towels and take care of my own trash.

Never really thought about the supply and demand thing and its effect on jobs, but that does make sense.

On pleasure trips I do use housekeepind daily as I don't leave valuables in the room. Still I reuse towels if possible.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 11:53 AM
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Nope, never have. I want the towels and am certainly not making my own bed in a hotel -lol!
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 12:27 PM
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On my last trip I requested no housekeeping simply because we had so many valuables laying around the room and we were in too big of a hurry to hide them all. For me it made the trip more relaxing because I didn't have to worry about my stuff while I was out of the room. When I'm not too lazy to put my things away then I guess housekeeping is nice. I usually don't have them change the sheets if I'm only there for a few nights, because I like conserving water too.
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