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There are two types of hotel guests. Those who unpack and those who don’t.
I’m in the latter category, preferring to live out of my suitcase so that all my belongings either stay in it OR get co-located to a specific place in the room. This is so I don’t lose things or have to worry about checking a dozen different locations to make sure that everything is back in place when I dart out the door at 4 am airport-bound.
In recent years, I’ve begrudgingly made exceptions to my unpacking rule – 1. on cruise ships (where space is at a premium), 2. in shared hotel rooms when my suitcase will be in the way, and 3. when I’m staying somewhere for more than two nights (which usually also involves scenario 1 and/or 2).
But most of the time my hotel stays are one to two night affairs. Lately, the two-plus nighters are causing me all sorts of angst.
Because it seems the hotel housekeepers cannot leave my things alone.
In the last three weeks, I’ve had multi-night stays that had me returning to my room to find one or more of the following:
- Personal appliances (flat iron) and charger cables tightly coiled up (with the cord kinked in the process).
- Working papers left on the desk shuffled and stacked on top of the hotel guide on the other side of the desk.
- Personal toiletries located to another spot in the bathroom.
- My toiletry kit removed from the small bathroom pedestal sink and set on top of my open suitcase.
- My coat flung over a chair (near my suitcase) put away in the closet.
- Shoes left on the floor relocated to underneath the nightstand (I had to actually hunt to find these).
- Suitcase (which had been open) zipped up and relocated to another place in the room.
At one hotel, I experienced three of these in one day’s cleaning – and yet my room service tray from the previous evening was left untouched on a table.
My frustration has grown. Is it the responsibility of hotel housekeeping to make sure the room is merely clean? Or should they take it upon themselves to also keep the room organized and clutter-free? Is it up to the housekeeper to decide where in the room my belongings go? Does this happen frequently (something I’m somewhat immune to with so many single night stays)?
I worry on so many levels, the greatest being my fear of leaving something behind.
In the case of the misplaced coat, it was warm in the city where I was but I was headed to a very cold climate and had removed it from the top of my suitcase placed it near my bags so that I didn’t forget to pack it for the next city.
I happened to go looking for the missing shoes when I spotted them under the nightstand.
And the kinked cords, while seemingly a minor transgression, lead to having to replace appliances and chargers more quickly – plus who really wants their own cord looking like those gnarled hotel hairdryer cords at some establishments?!
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