“Right now there are probably millions of towels being washed in hotels [around the world]. And imagine the tonnes of water and millions of watts of electricity that are used day in and day out.”
This is the sign in the bathroom of the hotel where we are staying in England.
This sign or a similar one has been posted in every hotel that I’ve stayed in for the past several years. These hotels have been in European countries, England, the Caribbean and in states across the USA. They all request that if I want towels replaced, leave them on the floor. If I’ll use them again, hang them.
I carefully hang them on the provided racks and without fail, I arrive to find they’ve been whisked away and replaced by clean towels.
I’ve brought this to the attention of the staff, written letters to management, and posted my rant on travel forums. My query/complain is often met with the equivalent of a shrug or ignorance of the problem. Once I was told that it was new staff who hadn’t been properly trained and once that it was old staff who hadn’t learned the new policy.
It’s a great policy if it would actually be implemented.
An additional comment on water conservation. I’ve notice that visiting friends from Europe, Australia and Japan turn the shower on briefly, soap, and then turn the water on briefly again to wash off the soap. Given their awareness of water conservation it surprises me to find that the towel practice is the same there as here. New towels daily regardless.
This particular rant comes up now because we are on a short visit to England where the towels have been replaced three days in a row despite our requests to leave them.
This seems like such a painless way to conserve resources that I’m continually frustrated, it makes so much sense.

“Right now there are probably millions of towels being washed in hotels [around the world]. And imagine the tonnes of water and millions of watts of electricity that are used day in and day out.”
This is the sign in the bathroom of the hotel where we are staying in England.
This sign or a similar one has been posted in every hotel that I’ve stayed in for the past several years. These hotels have been in European countries, England, the Caribbean and in states across the USA. They all request that if I want towels replaced, leave them on the floor. If I’ll use them again, hang them.
I carefully hang them on the provided racks and without fail, I arrive to find they’ve been whisked away and replaced by clean towels.
I’ve brought this to the attention of the staff, written letters to management, and posted my rant on travel forums. My query/complain is often met with the equivalent of a shrug or ignorance of the problem. Once I was told that it was new staff who hadn’t been properly trained and once that it was old staff who hadn’t learned the new policy.
It’s a great policy if it would actually be implemented.
An additional comment on water conservation. I’ve noticed that some if my visitors from Europe, Australia and Japan turn the shower on briefly, soap, and then turn the water on briefly again to rinse off the soap. Given their awareness of water conservation it surprises me to find that the towel practice is the same their countries as it is in the US. New towels daily regardless.
This particular rant comes up now because we are on a short visit to England where the towels have been replaced three days in a row despite our requests to leave them.
This seems like such a painless way to conserve resources that I’m continually frustrated, it makes so much sense.