I'm curious what people think about hotels leaving lights on in the rooms all day. To me it seems extremely wasteful to turn on my lights just so I am spared from the awful task of having to flip a light switch when I walk in the door. It also seems hypocritical to have signs in the room asking you to reuse towels to save energy. Why is one ok but not the other? I stayed at the Cosmo in Vegas last weekend (nice place), they even turn the TV on to a music channel to set the mood. If most European hotels can handle requiring entering a room key to turn on lights, I would think people can handle entering a dark room. Am I alone in this?
You're not alone. Standard turn-down service for concierge level/elites is 1) turn down bed, 2) refresh towels, 3) turn on TV, 4) turn on select lights, 5) close black-out drapes, and 6) leave mints/chocolates on pillow (on top of breakfast menu). And yes, I too am bugged at the "be green, re-use your towel" hypocrisy.
I try to treat the Hotel as if I was in my own home, notwithstanding the fact that it is, of course, not home. I shut off lights when I am not in the room, hang up towels for re use (no I don't make the bed, leave that to the maid), open the blinds to let in light, etc. As to turndown, if that is what the hotel chooses to do, I cannot override or stop them, but I do find that to be wasteful. I agree with others about the European hotel comment, I have no issue in putting my room key into the magic slot to get the lights on, and in the USA, I am not yet too feeble whereby I cannot turn on a light switch! Just one frequent travelers opinion and others are free to disagree.
I sent an email to corporate Marriott last year after I stayed at a couple places in Thailand that had something similar with their key slots. Almost less than a year later, what do I see at Residence Inn Tustin Orange County?!? The key slot that will power the room! I doubt I'm the once that influenced them, but I'd like to think I did. Yay for Americans changing.
I stayed at a Sheraton and they gave me a $10 restaurant voucher for every day I skipped housekeeping (you couldn't skip more than 3 days)! I like that - I don't need a housekeeper to come in every day. I make my bed, pick up my towels and hang them up and generally don't eat in my room. I may be a cynic but I believe the "go green" is more about marketing and economics than it is really about the hotel truly becoming "green". If you save money because of my actions, perhaps you should share with me. Seems fair.
(and I do like the European slot by the door for the lights - it also ensures that I don't leave my key in the room)
Lights go off when I leave the room. I will use only as many towels as I need and reuse when I can. I'm starting to notice bins for recycling in some rooms (mostly outside the U.S.), but I it would be nice if it were the norm. I reduce, reuse, and recycle as much as possible when at home. Why would I do any less when I'm traveling?
I also find it interesting that the drapes are opened every day - especially on a South-facing room in the summer (why let in all the heat and have the HVAC work so hard?) or North-facing room in the winter (why eliminate the "insulation" provided by the drapes just to let the cold window chill the room?). With the light switch, I don't need the drapes open (which I close in the first 30 second upon entering the room, anyway).