I am leaving Michigan for the Wild West in the back of another Delta flight after a hectic Thanksgiving and a lot of driving. (trip report to follow) Yesterday, I stayed at the Hyatt Place in Auburn Hills, Michigan as I try to claw my way to Diamond.
The reservation was for one night. Too full from a chicken cream chop dinner, I neglected to put the do not disturb sign on the door. At 8:30AM, housekeeping came knocking. I let out a painful groan to come back later and she closed the door.
I have multiple questions I would like to ask the reading public: First, how do new hotels not have the do not disturb electronic button next to the bed? Second, absent technology, why isn’t the sign already hanging on the door when I check in? Third, why doesn’t housekeeping know which guests are checking out? Why would someone leaving that day need his room cleaned? I guess they have no way of knowing if I checked out or not but if I was in charge of housekeeping I would attend to rooms with a one night reservation last.
Ideally, hotels should do away with the do not disturb sign in favor of a ‘clean my room’ sign. The presumption should be that the guest is asleep and wants to be left alone. If the clean my room sign is not placed on the door and it’s after check out, then the disruption is warranted. Otherwise, I see no reason to knock!