SkySurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1146 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3067 times:
And would you believe that alot of hotels do not actually change your sheets every time housekeeping comes in, your sheets can be on the bed up to a WEEK depending on how 'bad' they look! Makes you all warm inside to realize that 3-4 people might have been there before you doesn't it
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TSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3123 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2969 times:
Much as I have always suspected.
Pay attention to the maid's carts when they're making their rounds: If they're putting out clean glasses, wouldn't they have a tray or two of them on the cart and a bus pan for the dirty glasses?
(Fortunately the one hotel I stay at with any regularity uses the wrapped single-use plastic glasses. Also, I know they change the sheets regularly because I'm in and out of my room all through the day and I've seen them do it.)
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WILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 69
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2945 times:
well, thats no news to me! I never drink from any glass in a hotel room and I spend a lot of nights in those rooms. Either I drink from the bottle I brought with me OR I use a cup I have in my bag...
Well, about the sheets... What can I do?! I havent had any diseases yet and I am spending A LOT nights in hotels...
Ah well... Lifes a bitch
Alias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2719 times:
Disgusting yet not surprising. Now everyone knows why most airline crews peel back the covers on the bed almost as soon as they get to the hotel. If there's hair in the bed, the front desk gets a call with a request to either send the maid up to change the sheets or move me to a new room.
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CastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2643 times:
Considering some of the things I've done in hotel rooms, drinking out of a dirty glass is about as significant as an ant in a picnic basket. Get over yerselves folks...you can't catch much from a dirty glass, except perhaps paranoia.
Captaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 54
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2561 times:
I've seen this practice myself, and from that point on I haven't been able to drink out of hotel room glasses either. I also stay at good hotels, so it's not even a case of you get what you pay for.
Then again, I avoid drinking coffee or tea on airplanes. If you knew the condition of the water pipes on the aircraft, and how the water is stored both on the aircraft and at airports, you'd be surprised. That and the fact that the coffee pots don't get cleaned is another issue. Basically cabin crew wipe down the coffee pots with the same stuff they use to wipe down the galleys as they rush to put everything away. The coffee pots are also used to warm up baby bottles. I could go on.
There really are some practices that need to be reconsidered.
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Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2515 times:
Not that I'm in a huge hurry to touch anything in my hotel room, but one thing that drove me crazy about this peice of "journalism" (funny thing is I saw it watching the local news at three different hotels in three states withing the past few months) is that they don't clarify at what part of the guest's stay the video was shot at. Presumably, this video was shot in the middle of a "stay" rather than at check-out ("Excuse me, I just checked out of room 314, and I think I left my hidden camera behind, can someone let me into the room to I get it?"). It's a fact of life that rooms aren't cleaned as thoroughly for a guest holding over as they are for guests checking out.
I would hope (and yeah, there's a good chance I'm beeing optimistic here) that the glasses are exchanged on check-out. I have seen small stacks of glasses on maids carts.
[Funny thing is first -- and only -- time I've used a glass in a hotel room was after I saw this story the first time.
Quoting SkySurfer (Reply 1): And would you believe that alot of hotels do not actually change your sheets every time housekeeping comes in, your sheets can be on the bed up to a WEEK depending on how 'bad' they look! Makes you all warm inside to realize that 3-4 people might have been there before you doesn't it
I would be shocked and somewhat appalled by the environmental impact if a fresh set of sheets were put on the bed every day. For example Hampton Inn's brand standards call for a fresh set of sheets to be put on the bed when a guest checks out, after 4 consecutive days of the same guest in the same room, or if there is coffee/lipstick/other visible dirt. I know the upper end brands change sheets more frequently.
(It's also worth noting Hampton's Brand Standards prohibit glass or ceramic cups in the room and require pre-bagged plastic and styrofoam cups -- I have a feeling the other brands in the Hilton family are reluctant to implement something that has teh potential to feel 'cheap')
(So far with 68 hotel room nights in 2007, with 62 of them in Hilton family hotels [Hampton, Embassy, Double Tree, Homewood, and Hilton)
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KiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2166 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2468 times:
Quoting SkySurfer (Reply 1): And would you believe that alot of hotels do not actually change your sheets every time housekeeping comes in,
In general, sheet changes will always happen between guests unless you're in a dodgy motel. It is, however, quite common for there not to be a daily sheet change for the same guest staying more than 1 night. 5 star hotels will always change daily but even 4 star hotels maybe on every 2nd or 3rd day for occupied rooms.
Quoting TSS (Reply 2): wouldn't they have a tray or two of them on the cart and a bus pan for the dirty glasses?
Make sure you look underneath the trolley. That's where the glass rack usually is.
Ncfc99 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 925 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2395 times:
I work in the hotel industry and have heard about a house keepers cleaning a coffee cup with licked fingers.
I took my wife to a castle hotel that looked superb for our 1st anniversary, booked a four poster bedroom etc. We went out to dinner on our anniversary, went back to the hotel room, my wife got into bed and put her foot in some SEAMEN left by the previous guest. We left that room to move to another, pulled back the duvet, hairs on creased sheets. The 3rd room that night was ok. What a nightmare anniversary that was.
CastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2375 times:
Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 12): I lifted this pic from one of CastleIslands archive TR's. I believe this was his stay at a Motel 5 in Orlando.
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Quoting Lincoln (Reply 14): I would be shocked and somewhat appalled by the environmental impact if a fresh set of sheets were put on the bed every day.
Spot on. EVERY time I've stayed in a hotel or even motel, I've found fresh linens. But there's this crazy notion that they think I need them changed every day. Hell no. I always put the "Do not disturb" sign on the door, and without fail, when I get back to the room, I have a voicemail saying that housekeeping couldn't get in to change linens or provide fresh towels. If I'm there for up to a week, I DON'T NEED THEM.
Quoting RJdxer (Reply 15): Yeah, I hear there's one in LAS that's still undergoing renovation!
EA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 15252 posts, RR: 60
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2266 times:
Y'know, it's funny - I was thinking about this issue about a week ago while staying at a hotel in SEA and walked by the maid cart. Ever take a good look at those things?
I did - saw lots of towels, washcloths, etc.
But no glasses. Not one. I immediately thought, "Wait - that doesn't make sense. They'd need an entirely separate cart fully stocked with nothing but clean glasses to handle changing them out for this floor."
And that's when it dawned on me that the housekeeping staff didn't replace them - they just cleaned them in the sink somehow!
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I canNOT open the link about the glass but the link about the little animals in the beds and toilets. I actually, when travelling, always have a spray-can of anti-insecticide with me and routinely check bed and toilet etc and in case of doubt go ahead in fighting down any potential hazard. In case of such glasses, if location and hotel have acceptable water, I simply always wash such glasses before using them. In case of locations with inappropriate water, I clean the glass with a towel of my own, possibly using a bit of a "spirit".
Heavily into the 1980ies, most middle-class hotels from Casablanca to Aqaba harboured some animal-life and so, a full application of chemical warfare in hotel rooms was the normal thing to do.