Traveling is not just about new places and fresh impressions – we also have to remember general rules of decorum and pay respect to the service that makes our trips comfortable and enjoyable. In particular, speaking of hotel room service, many travelers wonder in what condition it is acceptable to leave their room when checking out. Below we are answering the most common questions.
Am I supposed to prepare the bed before checkout?
You don’t have to either make the bed or take off the sheets before leaving. The room maid will do that anyway when preparing the room for the next visitor.
What effort should I make before leaving?
Just following the hotel’s rules is enough. For example, if they ask guests to place the towels on the floor, and leave the furniture in its place, consider those instructions. Taking extra garbage away is a polite thing to do. Basically, the room is supposed to look approximately the way it did when you checked in.
What if I leave a real chaos?
If you check out with your room in a big mess, you should probably leave a tip. Of course, “a total mess” concept can have a different meaning to different people. But if you leave the room dirty, covered with trash, spilled liquids, or the way some stars are told to do, giving a solid gratuity seems like the most appropriate thing.