About 19 years ago I would stay at a particular hotel whenever I would be in town and became friendly with the hotel staff. They informed me of which rooms were better than the others and would give me a little extra room amenities, and would inform me of their sanitary practices.
I would sometimes arrive during the time that the rooms were being cleaned and noticed that no one had a comforter on their carts. So I began to ask if the comforters are changed after each guest and was told no, however, if I wanted a clean one, someone would bring it to me. I later saw a documentary on the cleanliness of hotels and was shocked. I can't remember the exact tineframe, but one housekeeper told me that whenever she travels, she always removes the bedding and will replace it with her own. I also read that someone else never touch the remote for the entire stay.
Whenever, I enter the room I will spray lysol on the remote and the toilet seat. Since I have been staying at Marriott's, I have not seen the heavy comforter, and they use the duvet instead, which are on the housekeepers cart. I have stayed at three other brands and they also had the duvet covers, do maybe the hospitality industry decided on a change.
What is the first thing that you do after you enter your room and does it depend if you are traveling with your family?
jerrycoin there is nothing wrong with you. Maybe something is wrong with a few of us who are over cautious.
I was with a group of colleagues a few years ago, and we(females) stopped by a male colleague's hotel room to ask if he wanted us to bring him something back. He opened the door and he was barefooted. One of the females freaked out, and we asked her why did she respond in that fashion, and she said that they do not shampoo hotel carpets that often and they were not clean. She said that she would never walk on the carpet without shoes.
We were a little shocked, but had a good laugh because the male said its not bothering him, so why should it bother you.
I have to say I think she was high maintenance. If you're going to stay in hotels, you're going to be barefoot a good bit of the time (and if you're not, I'd like to know how you sleep). While at home, especially in Maine winters, I leave my shoes outside my apartment door to avoid tracking salt etc inside, I think it's a bit ridiculous when traveling to worry about foot traffic patterns unless the carpet/floor looks disgusting, in which case ask for another room.
Nope, there is nothing wrong with you jerrycoin. I travelled extensively when I was working, staying all over the UK, and never gave all this a thought. If somewhere was really dirty, I would have noticed and done something about it. But I have always stayed in middle/rop range hotels, and have never experienced a problem.
I saw a video by one of the news channels on the cleanliness of hotel rooms.
I wear flip flops in the room and in the shower. Wouldn't put my bare bum in the tub. Use disinfectant cloths on door handles and locks, light switches, tub/toilet/sink fixtures, toilette seats and lids, refrig door openings, and the TV remote. Remove any bed coverings and put a note on top to not replace on my bed until checkout. Thoroughly wash all glasses before using. Usually put a towel down before sitting on any furniture.
Hotel rooms are filthy places.
newhiltonmembr, I really appreciate your response, I actually forgot about washing the dishes, the phone, clock and wiping down the knobs. I was actually reluctant to post the question, because I figured someone would tell me and others who may go to the extreme to stay home. If I find a video I may post it.
HIghmaintenance13, many would probably tell me the same thing. But, I'd rather take the ten minutes to clean the room and be comfortable. And I do sanitize the toilet and drinking glasses each day as those cleaning cloths used by housekeeping are not changed with each room!
I love to travel so this small concession will not stop me.
jerrycoin, you may have just entered the twighlight zone. I know the discussion is about hotels, but I was dining with someone and they asked for a cup of hot water. It wasn't for tea, it was to put their utensils in, to ensure they are clean. I began to notice other people were doing the same thing.
I have my routine, but for some it becomes OCD. I traveled two weeks ago and only had a carry on. I did not bring my lysol and of course I survived without any incidents.
The first thing I do upon entering a hotel room is to roll my luggage into the bathroom (or leave in entryway if it is tiled and not carpeted). Then I pull all corners of bedding up and examine mattress for bed bug excrement or rust colored spots (which could mean blood from bed bugs' bites). With the dramatic increase in bed bug infestations from the little varmints being accidentally carried home, this is the most important issue to me. It only takes a few minutes and thus far I have found no evidence to concern me.
After the room passes the 'bed bug inspection', I then wipe down all fixtures and areas that I might come in contact with, which, of course, is just about everything. (Don't forget drapery pulls and thermostat controls...) Clorox wipes have travel size packages. I include the toilet paper holders because I don't like the idea of picking up someone else's E coli.
Because I am a retired RN perhaps this is what makes me feel more comfortable to know that I have at least made the room potentially safe from picking up any undesired viruses or bacteria. It takes 5-10 minutes at most. If my stay is more than one night, I decline maid service except for trash emptying and fresh towels when required.
@nanaglo45, I believed that I have only checked twice for bedbugs. More than likely, it was after I saw a news segment or read about it on the net.
I keep dryer sheets in my checked baggage because I read that it is suppose to help with the bugs. I always forget about them anyway.
I have to agree with jerrycoin jm1991jerrycoinjerryljerrycoinprofchiarajerrycoin. I have never understood the need to completely sanitize a room. In the UK, we have a TV programme where 4 sets of small hotel/bed & breakfast owners go to stay at each other's places and mark them. At the end of the week one of the establishments will win. When they go in to the rooms the production team encourages them to pull all the bedding off, and there are whoops of delight if they find the smallest hair somewhere. For heavens sake, we all lose hairs all the time. The maid will naturally have left a hair somewhere without even knowing. They look under the bed for the tiniest crumb, climb onto chairs to see if there is a speck of dust on top of the curtain rail, etc etc etc. I have an American friend who says a lot of problems with allergies etc in this world is because we have become too sanitized, and we "don't eat enough dirt." I tend to agree.
Don't forget to bring the "Sanitizers", when I see you in September!
We'll also send "Ghostbuster's" to the room at County Hall! Likewise, have the room checked out for "Hidden Microphones" We can have our favorite, "Author", (Where's Stepping Stones?) help us!
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A clip off Fox 5 Atlanta about the cups in hotel rooms. ...Housekeeping - Good Housekeepers ...
Ive seen a lot of smaller hotels use individual plastic sealed paper cups instead of glass ones as well as covered remotes with no ridges which u can easily spray and clean. Im guessing higher end hotels require glass but I would prefer the plastic ones since they are tossed and replaced at the end haha
I do check to see that the toilet looks spotless. And any hair in the bathroom grosses me out so I check for that, too. After that, I do a quick look around the rest of the room. If it didn't look clean I would go right back to the front desk with my luggage and ask for a clean room. Fortunately, I have never had a problem at a Marriott-branded hotel so far. At other properties, yes. I know that carpets can't be cleaned after each guest, so I usually wear sock or slippers during the visit, taking them off at the side of the bed at night and putting them back on in the morning. This foot apparel gets put into a plastic bag when packing up so as not to spread any "stuff" to my other items and then washed at home. During beach vacations, this is unnecessary if we're located right on a sandy beach as there seems to be sand on the tile floor eventually and even in the rugs (like the Jersey shore). And hand sanitizer is kept out during the visit and used frequently (my 11 year-old rolls his eyes at this but I insist). I don't consider myself a germaphobe, but I do travel with sanitizing wipes "just in case." I think I'm more afraid of getting a cold or virus germ and getting horribly sick after the trip than anything else!
I remember seeing the TV special on hotels (I think it was 60 minutes). I don't really do anything to sanitize the room though I imagine there are probably things in there that I would not like. The first thing I do is usually check to see if the A/C is set to a low enough temperature.
On a somewhat similar note, I was at the Courtyard Pleasanton (CA) this past week. When I first went to the room, the door was ajar. Kind of odd. I haven't had that happen to me before. The first thing I did was check the entire room to make sure no one was there. Room was hot too because the A/C was off, but the room cooled down after 5-10 minutes or so.
I guess I probably should have told the front desk, but since the room seemed perfectly fine, I didn't bother.
The room door being ajar is a different matter altogether. Whilst I don't do anything about sanitization, unless the room was noticeably dirty, the door being open would worry me. Probably just the staff not having shut the door properly, but you can't be certain. Mrs Tommo used to travel all over the UK for business, and would stay in hotels a lot. If that happened to her, she would not have even gone in. She would have gone straight back to reception and got them to check the room. Sometimes we have to take responsibility for our own security. Once she was given the key to her room, went in and found the wardrobe full of men's clothes. Another time, there was a couple in bed! Mistakes happen in room allocation systems!
Don't know what they did for the couple. All they did for Mrs Tommo was apologise and give her another room. Mrs Tommo stayed in so many hotels when she was working, she just sort of accepted that something had to go wrong sometimes. Law of averages.
I realise this is going off topic (conversations do that don't they) but I will just tell you another mistake that happened to her. She and her team normally worked alone, but once she had a large job to do in a short time frame, so she had a male colleague with her. This was in the days of email infancy, and faxes were the norm. She had been booked into a hotel for herself and her colleague, and the fax confirmation the hotel sent to the booking agent clearly showed 2 rooms. Fortunately she had a copy of the fax with her. You know what is coming now don't you? Yup, they were given one room key! When Mrs Tommo asked where the other one was as they were work colleagues, nothing more, and produced the fax, the receptionist panicked, as the hotel was fully booked. Now, this was a large hotel, and they always keep a room or two back for errors don't they. So she ended up in a huge suite. Result!
northernfrequentflier, I never thought about bringing a pillow. If I am flying, I would not do it because of the space, but if I am talking a rode trip, it could be possible.
The first thing I do is take the small hand towels in the bathroom and lay them on the sink counter, so I can put my makeup, brush, etc. down. I then lay a couple big towels on the floor so I don't have to walk on the tile floor. I ofter wonder what the housekeeping staff thinks when they see this the next morning. I bring Lysol wet wipes and wipe the remote, the clock, the desk and door/closet handles. I also carry plenty of hand disinfectant. Suddenly, I feel like I should invest in a plastic bubble!
I pretty much do the same as all of you -- travel with a small can of Lysol Linen Fresh spray and do a complete room sanitizing. Include the headboard, door handles, remotes -- basically anyplace someone's hand might touch. Also run several cups of plain water through the coffee maker if I intend to use it for coffee or tea. Check the mattress, and change the toilet paper roll to a fresh one if it is not full! I purchased a pack of "cheap socklets at the dollar store and wear a pair rather than going barefoot, throwing them away when I leave the hotel.
Something else that I do is carry wipes on airplanes. I wipe down the tray table, arm & head rests, and even the overhead air vent & light buttons. Seatmates have watched me as though I'm nuts -- but then asked if I had another wipe for them to use.