I recently stayed in a hotel that seems to have not exchanged used drinking glasses and coffee mugs for freshly washed ones. Gross!!! I’d heard my peers in the hospitality world suggest that was a common practice but I’d never been aware of it personally. Until last week.
The reason we even started pondering it was because the first water glass my husband picked up reeked of cleaning chemical smells. So we checked more glasses and found three more with the same smell to a greater or lesser extent.
We posted a warning to the others in our group to be careful. Later we heard stories of a smeared blue paste (toothpaste? cleaning paste?) in a glass, towel lint in several glasses, and lipstick on yet another.
I mentioned our discovery to several hotel staff with a seemingly indifferent reaction. So we examined several housekeeping carts and found them to be void of glasses. If they do replace the glasses I wonder where the fresh ones would come from, or how they would get to the rooms.
Let me suggest when you stay in hotels to double check the cleanliness of your water glass.