A friend reported back from her hotel stay of this week that maid service happened even though she had the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign hanging on the outside of her door.
She came back to her room to find that her bed was made, the coffee much was replaced, and the towels, which were hung up according to the ‘save water and re-use towel’ request, were replaced. It was the second day of her stay.
The ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign was still hanging on the outside of her door upon her return, so it must have really been a shock for her to see the room all done up. She wasn’t happy.
I know many travelers who prefer to keep housekeeping out of their hotel room. Regardless of their reasoning – to not have anyone touch their things, worry about theft or safety, participating in Starwood’s Green Choice (though properties offering this seem to be going away) or just plain privacy – the Not in ‘Do Not Disturb’ should always be heeded.
The only reasons I have heard that this may not be the case is if a room has this sign for multiple days and there may be concern over the welfare of the inhabitant (yes, a guy was found dead in his room at a hotel I stayed at) or apprehension that there may be criminal activity going on. I heard this latter reason given by a police officer in regards to drug activity and hopefully this doesn’t relate to the typical business traveler hotel.
I am one who likes the bed made up and fresh hand towels and washcloths each day. Shower towels I’ll re-use for a day. So the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign is very seldom on my door other than for sleeping in on the weekends.
Outside of talking with the Front Desk to let them know that no housekeeping service is desired, maybe putting tape across the door or a big Red ‘X’ would work? It’s got to be an international symbol since this could happen anywhere.
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