Finding a hotel that makes cleanliness of priority is really important.
And unfortunately, it isn’t always so obvious how to do this.
Every hotel is going to have different policies, procedures, and methods that they use to keep things running smoothly.
And every single hotel, even if multiple versions of that hotel all belong to the same chain, will also be supervised by different management.
Therefore, it can be pretty difficult to figure out whether or not a particular hotel actually prioritizes being clean.
Obviously, there’s nothing grosser than walking into a hotel room, only to feel like it isn’t clean and that you just won’t feel comfortable in it.
But unfortunately, this is all too often the case.
And once you’ve booked the hotel and then show up to check in, it’s a lot more difficult to get your money back.
Sometimes it’s even impossible.
This can be even more troublesome in an overbooking situation too—because in those cases, you may have very little notice to get things sorted out properly.
So let’s break it down and talk about a plan that you can use to help you figure out if the hotel you’re planning to book actually has high standards of cleanliness.
1. Browse Hotels Online
When you look for hotels online, you can sometimes get a feel for which ones will probably be cleaner.
This isn’t an exact science.
It’s partly instinct, partly just browsing the listings to see what the prices are, and partly just looking at what the photography of the rooms themselves looks like.
One trick that you can use to help you get better results with this is to look not only at the photography of the hotel on the website itself but to also type in the address in Google Maps and try to get a Google Street View of what the hotel actually looks like from the street.
This may be much less flattering—but sometimes, the pictures on the official hotel website don’t actually depict what the hotel really looks like on the outside in real life.
Sometimes, these photos are outdated, or are even just plain misleading!
If the hotel looks questionable on the outside, then you’re probably not going to be as comfortable with believing that the inside is going to look nice and clean either.
So this is the first thing to look for.
2. Check The Pricing
As a general rule, you’ll start to notice that hotel cleanliness will start to dip down a bit as you get into lower-priced lodging.
And the reason for this is really simple.
In fact, it’s basic economics.
Hotels that charge more for their rooms (and that have a bigger budget) generally have more money to pay for things like cleaning supplies, paying their employees to spend extra time cleaning, providing adequate cleanliness training to their employees, etc.
This is all just a fancy way of saying that hotels that charge more may tend to be cleaner than hotels that charge less.
So as you’re reviewing the pricing for the area you plan to stay in, make sure to make a mental note of the different price brackets and which ones seem to be classier and cleaner than the hotels offered in the lower price brackets.
This can also give you an indication of what kind of cleanliness you can expect when booking a room.
3. Read Online Reviews
This is absolutely the best way to know for sure if a particular hotel has a good reputation for cleanliness.
You’re going to want to look at Google reviews, Yelp reviews, etc.
You’re pretty much going to want to read reviews for that hotel wherever you can find them online.
This can sometimes be a challenge because not everyone leaves reviews when they book a room.
However, it’s probably your best bet at figuring out exactly how clean those hotel rooms are—because you can learn from the experiences of people who’ve actually stayed there.
Hopefully, this post has helped to give you some insight into figuring out how clean your hotel room is before you actually book it.
Of course, this isn’t an exact science.
However, if you follow these tips, you should end up having a pretty good experience.