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Save the Planet? Wow, ambitious
OK, so that’s a bit of a stretch, and I’m not much of an eco-warrior but I do like to make sensible decisions that reduce waste, and always jump at the opportunity to earn some extra Hilton Honors points.
For years we’ve seen the signs in hotel bathrooms about how much detergent ends up in the seas and only if we want our towels replaced, should we throw them in the bath. In my experience, most places replace them even if you hang them up again. At a recent stay at Doubletree London Westminster, I was pleased to see this left on the bed.
Is that hygienic?
Unless you have a party worthy of featuring in a Hangover movie, then most civilised people can probably cope with a day or two without housekeeping tending to their hotel room. Most rooms have at least two clean towels provided, so if you’re precious use one each day, and the toiletries provided are ample for several days I find.
Is it worth it?
I think so. OK, so 500 points isn’t going to get you very far, but it all helps for almost no effort. We’d place a notional value on those of £2, based on our reference value of 0.4p / point.
Does anywhere else offer this?
I’ve seen variations of this incentive at a few places, but it’s by no means standard, even within a brand or region (stayed at another DoubleTree in London last week that did not offer this).
I’ve seen the following offered for declining housekeeping for a day;
- 1000 SPG points at a Westin resort property in Athens
- €5 Bar/restaurant credit at a Hotel Indigo in Berlin
If you have seen a similar offer in other hotels, let us know in the comments. I think this is a great initiative by hotels, and would like to see more offering it (and not just to boost my points balance).