Are you a clean freak? If so, this likely means that you have a hard time finding a hotel that suits your needs. Yes, you can scour the Internet and read the reviews, but does this really tell you what you need to know? Know what questions to ask and what to look for when deciding where to stay for the night. However, understand that you won’t likely be staying in a budget hotel for all that you want in the way of cleanliness, so know that cleanliness does come with a price. Here are the important questions to ask before you rent a hotel room for the night:
Are pets allowed at this hotel? If you have allergies or a phobia about pets being in the house, you may want to steer clear of a hotel that allows pets because pet smells tend to sink into carpet and bedding. Some hotels charge an extra $25 or more fee when a pet visits, but some only charge $10 per pet visit. The bottom line question would be how much extra cleaning is the hotel really doing for that little bit of extra money?
Is this a non-smoking hotel? If you’re not a smoker, try to steer clear of any hotel that offers smoker’s rooms. You may rent a non-smoking room, but cigarette smoke floats through the air and can settle on your clothing. Too, some smokers end up renting non-smoking rooms and smoking in them, anyway. You don’t want to smell like a cigarette once you leave the hotel, so opt for a non-smoking hotel.
How often does the hotel change the top covers of the beds. Some hotels change the top covers of the beds weekly; some change them monthly. Rarely, do hotels change the top covers daily, so this is a good question to ask, but who do you ask? Housekeeping, of course. Call during the day and speak to someone in housekeeping to get the answer to this question. You may even want to ask more than one housekeeper at the same location to guarantee the information.
Does the hotel vacuum each room after use? This may sound like an unreasonable question, but it really isn’t. Some hotels just run a mini sweeper across the carpet to pick up large particles and reserve full vacuuming for the dirtier jobs. You want a room that is freshly vacuumed to make sure that the vacuum picks up dirt that you can’t see.
Who prepares the continental breakfast? It’s a reasonable question to ask who prepares the continental breakfast because you certainly wouldn’t want a maid doing it, right? This question helps you decide whether or not cross contamination occurs when breakfast gets served at the hotel in question.
The answers to these five questions can help you gauge whether or not to stay at a particular hotel. True, you may never find a hotel room as clean as your home, but you do need to aim to get the cleanest hotel that you can. Use the above questions and tips to help you find a clean hotel location for when you travel. You may even want to record the answers to these questions per hotel, so that you won’t have to research each time you need to rent a room.
*Don’t believe that each hotel in any particular chain operates the same because this is not always the case. Hotel managers get to make some of the rules, so policies may vary.