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Tips for Hotel Guests

Updated on April 9, 2016

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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Corporate Ideas

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.

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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.

The Tips


Teach Them

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.

Trash Cans

Use Them

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.

Bathroom Stuff

Drain Bathtubs

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.

Change Sheets

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.

Moving Furniture

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.

The Housekeepers

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.

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    • WriterJanis2 profile image

      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      You really brought up some thoughtful points for people to consider when staying in a hotel. I always try to keep the room clean. It's not someone elses's responsibility to clean up after my kids.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      It's all about character. Staff can tell a great deal about you by how you either respect them or not. Leaving a disaster behind is the mark of a person who has very little class and very little respect for self (as well as for others). I try to make it easy for others to do their jobs well. They are not getting paid enough to deal with anyone's carelessness. Thanks for encouraging thoughtfulness and respectful behavior.

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      I love staying in hotels, and having once worked as a chambermaid in my college holidays, I'm a careful and thoughtful guest. I've cleaned up a few shockers in my time!

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      It's amazing to me that so many people need to be reminded to act with common courtesy and consideration when staying in a hotel! The housekeepers, front desk staff, and other staff members are people, not just "roles." As you rightly point out, they work very hard within difficult time constraints, and shouldn't have to put up with inconsiderate slobs or unreasonably demanding guests who would rather complain than ask politely. Even if you did request a nonsmoking room or a different type of bed when you made your reservation and then didn't get it when you arrived, explaining nicely and asking for a different room assignment will get you much farther than acting like a spoiled child. And nearly all hotels' web sites have a disclaimer that while they will try to accommodate guests' room requests, it may not be possible (for example, if a lot of other guests also requested a nonsmoking room or the same type of bed you did and they checked in before you did). As you point out, what goes around comes around. Besides, life is so much more enjoyable when you behave considerately instead of constantly feeling aggrieved and angry! :)

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Until I read this, I never thought someone's dog may have had a drink out my ice bucket. Ewww.

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      eternisemoi 5 years ago

      I never knew that housekeepers have a time limit. I do always leave the room in the best condition possible before leaving. I'm disgusted by the fact that some people don't drain the bath water or flush the toilet. And I don't get why you would use the floor as a trash can. I wouldn't want roaches or other bugs to come in! It's one thing if you wanna live that way in your home, but when you're in someone else's room (including hotel rooms), you should treat it better than your own since it's not yours. I feel bad for housekeepers. I don't think I could deal with it!

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      JuliaAnnPayne 5 years ago

      I use to work as a housekeeper at a lodge in Jay Vermont.

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I just spent the summer cleaning weekly beach rentals and have a time limit before the next group arrives just hours after the current ones leave. Most renters leave a place fairly neat -- some are downright slobs and add mucho time to the cleaning schedule. I know exactly what you are saying here.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      I don't understand how some people think - I like clean and I like to keep it that way--JMHO :>)

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      CoffeeWriter LM 5 years ago

      If people treat a hotel room like it was their own place, that would go a long way.

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 5 years ago from Ozun

      great lens,put you to think about how to behave in a hotel room.It is interesting, how a very clean room makes you to respect cleanness, while a less clean room frustrates you, leaving maybe mess.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I always tip and keep the room tidy. I love a clean room.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A very different perspective from the hotel owner's and housekeeping's side, I would rather leave the room clean and not messy.

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      I cannot imagine leaving a room in shambles like some people do. We always keep our room neat and organized just like at home.

      bed bugs... ewwwwwwwwwwwww.

      ~blessed~ - thanks for the great info.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      Great tips...I've never thought of hotel rooms from the housekeeper's point of view.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I believe in karma. We leave our hotel rooms tidy AND we always leave a tip. :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Great list of dos and donts. I hope more guests will read this post, especially ones who stay in the room before me...

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      cheech1981 6 years ago

      my wife is actually a housekeeper for a high-level hotel, and I also worked at a nonprofit helping documented immigrants find jobs and this was a common entry-level job for women. This job is very strenuous, and it is the equivalent of dishwasher for traditionally men's entry-level work. The funny thing is, very few people leave tips for housekeepers, even though they work very very hard to get that room into shape. they probably spend at least 30 minutes on your room. they also get randomly inspected, and at my wife's hotel, they literally pass a white glove over and look for even if you bust your butt doing 15 rooms that day, they can just randomly pick a room and look and look until they find something imperfect and doc you points, and they do it every day. it's not to be mean, but it's how they get people to keep working hard. Be good, and leave your housekeeper a tip. Think about it, you would give your waiter a tip for a few minutes of taking your order, stopping by maybe once or twice, etc. Of course they rely more on tips, but most housekeepers don't get much money. The nice hotels pay all right but they're working so hard they deserve would tip almost any other service provider in this situation but people honestly forget or don't think about it because they tend not to see the housekeepers.

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      Lauren 6 years ago from Florida

      Great tips. I've always been surprised by the number of people I travel with that never tip. And these are messy folks!

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      Cinnamonbite 6 years ago

      rarely are hotels cleaned to my standards--and I'm a miserable cleaner. Cat fur and dust covers everything in my house but I have no tolerance for food/organic/mold mess in living areas. Last hotel, 2 weekends ago, there were used fake eyelashes in the supposedly clean bed. And this was the Hyatt on Clearwater Beach! Trash on the bathroom floor as well. I don't EVER walk around barefoot in a hotel room just because other people do and I don't want their nasty foot fungus touching my skin. YIKES!

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      GypsyPirate LM 6 years ago

      Some very common sense tips, more people should follow them.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have to say that some of the hotel rooms I have visited are comparatively more cleaner than others. They sure must be doing something different. I am quite fussy and I like things to be ultra clean.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Really good tip around the cleaners...being nice to them is also important. They don't have much in life and kindness will go far.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      I can't believe the state some people leave their rooms in when the check out or go out for the day. I think it actually says something about the state of their hearts.

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      hptouchupdate 6 years ago

      Nice TIP :D and great lens overall!