Mousekeeping in every other day - is that being cheap?
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Mousekeeping in every other day - is that being cheap?
Lenny says I'm being cheap by thinking of having Mousekeeping in every other day. I admit part of it is to keep the total of my tips down, the other part is we just don't spend a lot of time in the rooms to make them messy. We get 2 rooms and the one that Abby uses, only the bed gets used so if I were trying to be cheap, I wouldn't have Mousekeeping in that room at all during our vacation (or even our room for that matter). Abby rarely moves at night so it's very easy to remake her bed and any "living" in the rooms gets done in "our" room. And even at that, we still don't make a huge mess - and if we do, I clean it up before Mousekeeping even arrives.
So whom do you guys agree with - Lenny who says I'm trying to be cheap or me who says I'm not trying to be cheap?
I don't see anything wrong with them coming in every other day. We are the same way, we don't spend much time in the room. The room is pretty well organized every morning we leave it.We tip every day, but honestly cleaning the room daily is not needed. Save money any way you can!
You're not being cheap you are being "green".
Just got an email from The Westin in Pittsburgh, where I'll be staying for a conference soon. They'll give you a $5 voucher if you forgo housekeeping services during your stay.
"Help us conserve natural resources. Simply opt to forgo all housekeeping services during your stay, and you’ll earn a voucher redeemable for $5 discount in participating hotel food and beverage outlets. "
We probably will not take advantage of it since we'll be there for 5 nights, and I like having fresh towels at least every other day. But, the point is, you're not only saving your tip you are conserving natural resources!!
It's a personal pref, I like coming back to a made up room, I'm on vacay and don't want to make beds, clean sink, etc. With 2 of us, our tip is $3 a day, so the savings of no housekeeping is negligible for us.
I think that if you are comfortable not having Mousekeepers every day then go for it. It you were staying in a DVC villa for a week you only get once a week and at that it's only trash and towels. Use your tips for something for Abby.
You have to do what works for you. I am also one of those people who is on vacation and I like not having to make the beds or clean up. We keep the room pretty neat so I know it doesn't take mouse keeping very long in our room.
If you don't want Mousekeeping, just leave the sign on the door and they'll skip you. You may get a knock or a call if the supervisor is spot-checking, but otherwise they'll just hang a bag of towels and soap on the door. My husband often rests in the room during the day, so we skip housekeeping at least 2 or 3 times per trip. Like you, we find it easy to pull the bedspread up and tidy the sink area before going off for the day's fun. Don't worry about seeming "cheap." It's your trip, your money, your room.
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Sandra in Northern VA
Maybe I am silly but, who is looking at your rooms other than you? Why even need to make the bed if you dont want housekeeping?
I agree it is a personal preference. Everyday = more chances for towel animals. Or not at all during your stay or somewhere in between.
If you leave the room a mess a bigger tip would be recommended.
Some people dont like strangers coming in moving their belongings, other like the luxery of someone doing it for them.
So, I do not think your cheap.
I think it makes good sense to only have them in when you need them. My husband and I prefer not to have someone in every day as well. We like to spend one day at the park and one day to relax and I don't like not knowing when they'll be by. If I want to chill in bed and watch TV once in a while, I don't want to worry about someone coming by to clean. This is one of the perks we like with DVC is that they only come in on day 4 (and 8 for longer stays). We do miss the perk of having toiletries, toilet paper, etc replenished more often though!
This is the part that bothers me about society. People are presured to do something (in this case tip the housekeeping staff) that is not required because some people think its the proper thing to do. You are paying a lot of money to stay in those rooms and that fee includes daily housekeeping. I would have them come in because you have paid for it. You are not required to tip housekeepers and should not feel guilty for not doing so. You should take full advantage of any service you have paid for.