Have you ever wondered what’s the right way to get the cutlery cleared after a meal in your hotel room? Whether to leave it outside the door, or to call in-room dining for clearance?
When it comes to getting your room cleared after a meal in your hotel room, there are a few things to consider. While it may seem easy to just leave the tray outside the door, there are some best practices that can help maintain cleanliness in your room.
Generally, it’s always best to call in-room dining for clearance. This ensures that the hotel staff can properly dispose of any food-related items and keep the room clean and sanitary. Leaving cutlery outside the door can attract pests and create an unsanitary environment.
Imagine walking to your room at the end of the corridor, and having to cross the leftover dinner of 20 guests.
Of course, there may be situations where it’s more suitable to keep the cutlery outside the room. For example, if you’re having a late night meal and there aren’t too many things to take care of. However, if you haven’t finished your food, make sure you cover it properly or call for clearance.
Most hotels have standard operating procedures for clearing trays after guests have finished their meals. Staff members usually check with guests when they deliver the meal about when they can come back for clearance. If you call for clearance yourself, there should also be SOPs in place for this situation.
However, even with these procedures in place, sometimes things don’t go smoothly. There may be times when you have to wait longer than expected for clearance. In these situations, if no one arrives within 10–15 minutes, it’s typically okay to put your cutlery outside and continue with your plans. In such cases, it’s better to call and inform the restaurant that you would be keeping the tray outside.
That being said, it’s always best to let hotel staff pick up your tray from inside the room whenever possible. This helps maintain cleanliness and ensures that any food-related items are disposed of properly.
In conclusion, while leaving cutlery outside your hotel room may seem like an easy solution for clearing trays after meals, it’s always best to call in-room dining for proper clearance whenever possible. This helps maintain cleanliness and ensures the corridor is clear for guest movement.