As frugalists, we try to save money wherever possible by looking for bargains or cutting corners where plausible. Some hotels are apparently cutting some corners to save money, as well. Marriott International says it’s a growing industry trend to cut back on changing bed sheets every night.
[H]otels are explaining the move as an effort to be more environmentally friendly, using less hot water, detergents and bleach to clean sheets. But the hotels see savings from less laundry and reduced labor costs.
The good news, for those who are bothered by this, is the hotels will most likely change the bed sheets for you if you request it specifically. No word about an additional charge.
When I check into a hotel in Williamsburg while on vacation next month, at the very least I hope they would change the sheets in our room after the previous guest checked out.
Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published July 29, 2005. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.