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Tips for Hotel Guests
The housekeepers at most of the big corporate owned hotels have to clean between twenty to thirty rooms a day with very strict rules and very strict time limits. They're usually only allowed between fifteen to thirty minutes per room and if they go over the limit they will get fired. Some of the independently owned motels don't have any time limits and some of them do. Guests should realize this and try to clean up after themselves to help the housekeepers a little.
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I'm not putting the big corporations down, I'm just giving them some good ideas on how to make the working conditions better for their employees. Too many of the employees are quitting their jobs. Something has to change if they want people to keep working for them instead of needing to hire and train all new people that often. It's not any certain brand of hotels, it happens at all of them that have these rules. They tell the housekeepers exactly what order to do everything and how much time that they're allowed to do it. But that is unreasonable because the hotel rooms are all different sizes, have one or two king or queen beds, and some rooms are left fairly clean and some are very messy. Before they make the rules, the corporate people need to come to all of their hotels and clean a pig sty room with food, drinks, and trash thrown everywhere and ground into all of the carpet along with sand and dirt. They need to clean that in twenty minutes. It would probably take them three or four hours. Then they can go back and think about it and make up some more reasonable rules. The best thing to do is for each housekeeper to only clean ten rooms in a day with no time limits at all. It does work the best. Most housekeepers do work as fast as they can, but will take as much time as is needed to clean the rooms very good. The corporations should at least make up different time limits for the different rooms if they must do that, but it would save the most time to not do it, and the employees won't all quit.
Would you rather have the housekeepers rush through cleaning the rooms in 15 minutes or would you prefer that they take as much time as is needed to clean them very thoroughly?
Is it more important for a hotel room to be cleaned:
Why Trash Fancy Hotels?
High class hotels are for civilized people. Why do people pay more than $100 a night and act very uncivilized by completely trashing everything? Then they complain that the hotel employees are rude to them when the people leave the amount of 2 or 3 large bags of trash in each room for one night and they don't put any of it in a bag or can, then they throw 2 or 3 pennies on top of their mess and laugh and leave. The employees have to say, How is everything sweet precious angel? and they say, Great. It's the best place I ever trashed. Civilized behavior should be rewarded with a discount and bad behavior should be charged extra.
Don't just stand there and scream and yell at your children when they make a mess. I know you're frustrated, but everyone in the hotel can hear you. You need to be quiet. You are responsible for your kids. This is your chance to teach them to be quiet, clean, and respectful.
Food in the Room
On the Table and Floor
When you bring in food, don't put it directly on the telephone books, hotel information folder, or anything else that needs to stay in the room and can't be cleaned very easily. These things are not plates. It's a very good idea for you to bring disposable plates along when you travel or go purchase some. At least put your food on one of the towels. You don't need to throw it all over the furniture and/or grind it into every part of the carpet. Eat over a towel or one of the trash cans. When you're done, throw it in the trash. Remember the housekeepers have strict time limits.
Cans and Bottles
Getting Drunk as a Skunk
There are a lot of people that bring drinks into the rooms, then they check out and just leave twenty or thirty cans and bottles that have never even been opened, or they open them all but don't drink more than a few sips out of each one and leave them all on the tables. Take your drinks with you or throw them in the trash. Check the refrigerator and microwave before you go.
You usually have two trash cans in every hotel room. The proper place for trash is not all over the whole floor or hidden back in the corners. If you're finished using anything, place it inside of one of the trash cans. Don't rip the bag out and make a big mess in the can without it. If you have too much trash, then ask for another bag. It's a very good idea to bring a few trash bags from home to put things in when you're on the road traveling.
If the bathtub drain is clogged up and doesn't work that's fine, but it's not fine for that many people to act like they're preschool age children when they're not. If you have the strength to fill a bathtub and climb in, then you can drain it when you're done. Does someone have to drain it for you at home? The thing that's not funny about it is that the way things are these days, you could have criminal charges brought against you for intentionally trying to spread diseases. Grown up mature people also flush toilets. You are not little helpless children that need mommy to do everything for you.
If you stay for more than one night, you don't need to put the sign up to have your sheets changed every day unless you spill something on them. It's a big waste of time, water, and energy. Most hotels will change them every two or three days and that is often enough. The towels will be replaced every day.
Please leave the furniture where it is in the room. If you must move the tables and all of the chairs to the other side of the room, then you need to move it back before you check out.The housekeepers don't have time to move it around.
Put Things Back
If you use the iron and ironing board, then put them back where they belong when you are done. If you use the hair dryer, then put it back instead of just throwing it on the floor with your trash. If you're not going to use something in the room, then don't just grab it and throw it wherever because you're bored. If you're bored, then walk around and pick up your trash and throw it in the trash can.
If the hotel allows pets, then bring food and water bowls for them. Don't make your dog drink water out of the ice bucket. It is not a dog bowl. Too many people do this.
Ban This Instead of Smoking
Smoking is not that bad. There is something a lot worse that hotels need to ban. Have a great time spitting the brown chew all over the hotel rooms. You will die long, slow, and painfully from mouth cancer. Smoking is a lot cleaner than that.
A lot of the housekeepers are college students that are earning degrees so that they can run a business someday that are working to help pay for the college and people that can't find a better job with the way the economy is right now in some places where there are no better jobs left. They're not just poor worthless useless people that don't ever want to do anything better.
Most housekeepers don't care if you leave a tip or not if you leave the room clean. But if you're very messy, then it would be nice of you to leave a tip for making them go over their time limits and possibly get fired. If you damage or destroy anything, you will be charged to replace it.
Don't carry on whining and complaining about small simple things later, like if you wanted a room with a bathtub instead of a shower. There is plenty of both. Sorry, but it's your own fault if you didn't even ask for what you wanted. Ask for it, you will get it, and there will be no need to complain after.
You Reap What You Sow
If you like to keep things clean, Thank You very much and Muchas Gracias! You are excellent! But as for the disrespectful arrogant people that think they're being very funny trashing their hotel rooms and leaving a huge mess, what comes around goes around. Someday you will have a job with strict corporate rules and unreasonable time limits and someone will make your job very difficult.