I would say I travel a lot. Not even including this trip, I will have at least 3 night stays in over ten hotels between now and April.
Because I am a neat freak, when I travel I do not leave towels on the floor. I make my bed, I fold my clothes, I have things neatly put away when I check into my room. No crap all over the place, everything is where it should be.
And because of this, I do not need my room cleaned daily. I do not even need the house cleaners to come in every other day. So I put the little "Do Not Disturb" sign on my door and leave it there generally for the entire 3-5 days I am at the hotel.
I do not have a maid at home, why do I need one when I travel?
Am I on vacation from being the clean, OCD individual that I am? No. If you can make your bed at home, keep your towels off the floor, and generally not be a slob while you live at home, why must you behave differently while at a hotel? Just because there is a maid?
Furthermore, at home, I do not clean my bathroom daily nor do I vacuum my floors daily. I do not change my sheets daily, or my towels. Why do I need this all done daily while on vacation?
For the few days I am staying at the hotel, I do not want my space invaded just for the room to be perfectly cleaned. The garbage can be emptied from my gum wrappers and tissues when I leave, thank you.
But apparently this mentality is absurd. Regardless of whether I am at a Hilton in Houston, the Marriott in Anaheim, or the Hyatt in Albuquerque, I am constantly asked by the cleaning service if I would like my room cleaned.
Just yesterday (8 hours after I had arrived--how messy could I have allowed my room to get WHILE I SLEPT?!) I had a note under my door (on lovely hotel letterhead) instructing me to call housekeeping if I wanted my room cleaned. I also had a message on my phone--from house keeping seeing if I wanted my room cleaned. And lastly, as I ducked out of my room in the middle of the day (I had gone back to freshen up) a cleaning woman saw me and literally dashed down the hall shouting after me "scusa me, ma'am, do you no want me to cleana your room??" I kindly explained that I did not need the room cleaned, I had just arrived last night, yadda yadda. "No towels? You don'ta want new bed?"
I smiled, said no, and went back to my meeting. But I do not understand why I am constantly asked if I need my room cleaned during my short stay. Do people really not understand that I keep my room clean and do not need fresh towels daily?!
Or that I never remember to travel with cash and therefore cannot tip the maids? (This may or may not be the real reason I do not have my room cleaned while traveling. Hint: it definitely is.)
Back to work I go,