Isn’t it great that the hospitality industry realised just how expensive – in terms of money and the environment – the old habit of daily housekeeping at hotels could be? For several years now, notices in hotel bathrooms have informed us that fresh towels are not automatically supplied every day.
We also have the choice now of having no housekeeping services at all during a hotel stay (or at intervals we specify) and now hotels are even offering financial incentives for us to forgo the daily bed-making routine too.
We are saving a huge number of resources by choosing to go without housekeeping services. Electrical power, of course, detergents, water…plus manpower.
Some hotels pass this saving on to their guests, often in the form of vouchers that can be used on the hotel premises to exchange in the restaurant or bar. Others offer points that can be redeemed under their loyalty schemes. You can find a list of hotels worldwide here.
Another planet-friendly way of travelling is to use short-term rental accommodation such as those offered by Airbnb. They have several advantages over hotels. On the housekeeping front, your room, suite or apartment will be cleaned before and after your arrival but not usually during your stay.
The money that you spend on your accommodation stays in the community rather than ever the corporate coffers of a faceless hotel.
You are in charge.
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JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.