Housekeeping is an interesting department. Its the core of the hotel. Without clean rooms, what have you got to sell? Yet housekeeping staff are being look down on as less important people, that are doing less important work. How is this possible?
I have spent the past few weeks working as a room attendant at my, as you know, luxury hotel here in Dubai. I have been asked on multiple occasions if I "actually work as a housekeeper" and told that I'm too pretty for the department. I don't take those comments as compliments. I have also been hit on by guys thinking they are doing me a favour by giving me their number and offering me all sorts of things - no thanks!
I have so many thought and feelings on the topic that I don't even know how to get it down in words here without boring you all and going on about it. To get to the point - Working in housekeeping I have gotten to know so many wonderful and truly genuine people. For that I'm grateful. I'm grateful for a lot of things actually. Grateful for being Swedish. Grateful for my education. Grateful for this opportunity I have been given. For a few weeks I had to clean rooms on my own, and let me tell you about it - It ain't easy! You work hard, and fast, and its very unsocial (which is my problem with it! I miss guest interactions...) but there is nothing shameful about it. Not. At. All. I have had the chance to work with the most wonderful team so I enjoyed it. Even though there were some really though times... Now I am working as a supervisor for a few more weeks. We will see how that goes. I promise to keep you guys more updated!
I love this quote from The Grand Budapest Hotel - I think it's rather suitable for room attendants as well;
What is a lobby boy? A lobby boy is completely invisible, yet always in sight. A lobby boy remembers what people hate. A lobby boy anticipates the client's needs before the needs are needed. A lobby boy is, above all, discreet to a fault. Our guests know that their deepest secrets, some of which are frankly rather unseemly, will go with us to our graves. So keep your mouth shut, Zero.