I really feel like this didn’t used to be a problem. I’m fairly certain I know why it happens, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Our family had two hotel stays over the past couple weeks where we ran into the same problem. The first was at a Homewood Suites and the second was at Great Wolf Lodge, a place we generally enjoy taking the kids a couple of times each year.
We checked into Homewood Suites, a chain geared more towards family stays than most limited service hotels. We got there late in the evening with one of our kids already asleep. After getting all the luggage and kids to the room I pulled the cushions off the pull-out sofa. I’m a bit of a light sleeper, so the pull-out sofa gave me the best chance of a few uninterrupted hours of sleep before one of our kids woke up to find a parent to put them back to sleep.
I wish I’d taken a picture, but there was a sticker on the webbing of the sofa portion that said something like, “Relax. Bed sheets are in the closet.” It also invited me to call the front desk to have the bed made up, something I’m unlikely to do at 10:30 pm when one of my kids is already asleep. Sure enough, when I pulled the bed portion open there were no sheets on it. The closet had exactly one sheet, so I could have my choice between laying on the bare mattress with a sheet over me or trying to make the bed with the sheet. I also was endowed with one thin blanket. Good times.
Fast forward to Great Wolf Lodge. This is a hotel where I have to imagine every room has kids, with very few exceptions. In this case, I opened up the pull-out sofa and found…..
I’m fairly certain that if you could hook a hotel chain up to a lie detector, they’d probably say they do it to save money. By leaving the sheets in the closet, they don’t have to spend the labor to change the sheets on the pull-out sofa every time someone uses the room. Which also means the sheets in the closest aren’t swapped out every time the room is cleaned. It’s unlikely that someone would mess up the sheets in the closet and then fold them back up, putting them back in the closet. Heck, based on recent reports we can’t even really trust hotels to change the sheets on regular hotel beds nowadays.
The Final Two Pennies
Since there’s a sticker on the Homewood Suites bed, it’s fairly certain that wasn’t just a mistake by housekeeping. It’s possible Great Wolf Lodge just forgot to make the sofa bed up during our stay. But, I don’t think so.
I don’t like thinking I need to call the hotel ahead of time to try to get the spare bed made up. And, given our track record requesting a crib in our room, I’m not sure the request would hit a high success rate.
What’s your opinion? Should hotels make up all the beds in a room prior to check-in?
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