While most hotel guests rely on housekeeping to clean up the mess they leave in their rented rooms, some conscientious travelers are now donning aprons and playing housekeeper.
Last week, UK resident Darren Dowling posted an image on Facebook showing the tag on his hotel room, and it went viral. The photo shows her habit of removing the sheets from her bed and carefully folding each piece over the mattress before leaving.
The image has left Facebook users in awe, with nearly 550 commentators debating hotel guest protocols – with comments ranging from the insistence that it is up to paid staff to do so, to users claiming that this is a courtesy that should be extended to these workers.
“I always try to leave a hotel room like this,” he wrote in the caption. “Is this the right or the wrong thing to do?” “
Crazy or normal, Dowling is not alone.
“I wish everyone would do this,” said Stephanie Thompson, 50, who lives in Cincinnati.
Thompson, director of the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network, has a typical pre-departure cleaning routine that she shares with her husband – 51-year-old firefighter Jon Thompson – to reduce the strain on hotel cleaning staff.
For the past decade, at the end of their travels, Jon tidies up the suitcases and checks all the drawers to see if the couple has left anything behind. As this happens, Stephanie removes the bed from her sheets, gathers all the used and unused towels and puts them in the tub, and condenses all the garbage into a bag and knots it. And even during their stay, the couple – who say they usually keep their surroundings clean and organized – refuse daily housekeeping visits. Plus: they leave a tip of $ 25.
“I also leave a handwritten note that says, ‘Thank you very much! Have a wonderful day, blessings, ”Stephanie told The Post, adding that she added a smiley face at the end. “We’ve been doing it for so long, it’s routine.”
For the Thompsons, it’s just the right thing to do.
“I have always been called to serve those who serve people who have the privilege of going on vacation,” said Stéphanie. “I don’t even know if these people are making enough money to even go on vacation – so their daily lives are cleaning up after some privileged people… I guess there are times in their day that they step into. one room and it’s just disgusting, and they’re depressed.
Emily Mathison, 34, agrees. She says she never thought her primitive and proper program of hotel assistance was strange until she faced admissions of neglect from acquaintances.
“I go to LA one week a month for work,” said the East Village resident, who works as the creative director of McQueens Flowers, a high-end florist. “I stay in the same hotel each time, tidy my room and get rid of all the garbage. “
But it’s Mathison’s habit of making her bed every day – even knowing that the household unravel and unravel the bed when she leaves – that sets her apart from her peers.
“I didn’t think it was unusual,” she said. “That’s what my mom does. Also, isn’t it nicer for the maid? I make my bed everyday anyway, why change because I’m in a hotel? It’s just what I do at home. Clean and tidy and shaped like a ship.
Dowling’s Facebook posts also drew responses from hotel housekeepers themselves, who said the gesture was indeed welcome.
“Saves us extra work and makes it easier,” one wrote, while another replied, “You have no idea how much things like this are appreciated.”
Dede Gotthelf, owner of the Southampton Inn in the Hamptons, said his staff faint when a customer goes the extra mile.
“Although it is their job to clean the rooms during and after a guest’s stays, housekeepers and housekeepers are human beings and appreciate caring and respectful people very much,” she said. . “There is no need to undress or make the beds. But throwing away trash, cleaning up spills, and leaving a room clean and ready for them are much appreciated. ”
“Especially during these times when CDC cleaning protocols and UVC lamps take a long time to prepare for our next guests,” she added of pandemic-related procedures.
But for the Thompson’s, all that matters is service with a smile, even if they’re the one serving.
“I want it to be such a treat for them that the next round of rooms they do, if they’re gross they can go back and go again,” At least I had a room that was so easy, and j ‘got a tip for that!’ », Declared Stéphanie.