One of the most basic hotel amenities – one that we really take for granted – is going away, and I’m not sure what to think about it.
So imagine you are at your favorite vacation destination.
You make a bit of a mess in your hotel room and head out for the day.
When you return, the room has magically transformed into a clean oasis.
That’s how it’s always been.
Daily housekeeping is disappearing from hotels. So basically clean up after yourself while you’re on vacation.
Now, I don’t know if hotels taking away daily housekeeping happened because of COVID and social distancing.
This could be due to staff shortages – we all know this is a huge problem for all businesses. Heck, it might disappear because hotels want to save money.
Whatever the reason, don’t expect a “maid” to clean up after you in your hotel room.
Don’t expect daily housekeeping to clean up your mess
No more empty bins, no more clean, fresh towels, and you can forget about vacuuming and beds made. Kiss them goodbye.
I’ve noticed the housekeeping crunch when I’ve been away on vacation since COVID happened.
Originally, housekeeping was kept to a minimum to reduce exposure to the coronavirus – but it has yet to restart at many hotels.
What can you do if you still want housekeeping while on vacation?
There are several things that hotels do to help us not have housekeeping services.
They clean the rooms on a schedule – usually every 3-6 days depending on the length of your stay.
In some hotels, you can choose to pay a little extra to clean your rooms.
Sheets are usually always available on request, but don’t expect them to remove messes.
We’ve stayed in hotels where we had 3 sets of towels on the bathroom floor because housekeeping wouldn’t collect them.
While you’re staying at some hotels, you can have a bin service – where you leave your trash outside the door, and they’ll pick it up for you.
Also you can ask nicely. Be friendly. Put a smile in your voice. Sometimes being nice goes a long way, and they might make an exception if you need to.
BUT, you can expect to pay a pretty penny for this daily cleaning!
Some high-end hotels are not participating in this No Housekeeping trend.
Those hotels you see in the movies – the ones I could never afford – like the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, LXR Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts. They still offer daily housekeeping.
If you want to break the bank at a Four Seasons hotel, know that they offer TWICE daily housekeeping.
Be sure to research the hotels you are going to stay at.
Know their housekeeping policy before you get there. This way you won’t have any unpleasant surprises.
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