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Role of hotel housekeeping department

Updated February 21, 2017

While the housekeeping staff of a hotel is commonly known for room upkeep--restocking toiletries, changing bedding and general cleaning--the role of the department extends beyond hotel cleanliness.

Importance

According to Sudhir Andrews, author of "Hotel Housekeeping," the housekeeping department is vital to attracting and keeping guests through it's role of maintaining top quality decor, cleanliness and service.

Service Staff

The housekeeping department includes many roles in the service staff of a hotel. Aside from room attendants, who tend to room cleanliness, the department includes gardeners, maintenance men, bellhops, laundry staff and floor managers, as well as, occasionally, customer service professionals.

History

Matt A. Casado, author of "Housekeeping Management," said the history of hotels can be traced back even further than the ancient "houses of rest and solace" in Pompeii. The modern hotel--and hotel staffing--arose from the inns popular in 14th century England, such as those found in Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales."

Housekeepers

According to an article on expresshospitality.com, most customer complaints are directed to the chief housekeeper and sorted out among the housekeeping staff. The article also noted that housekeepers often coordinate purchasing special items and assist sales teams.

Special Roles

According to Casado, the housekeeping department is also responsible for a level of security, safety and environmental duties such as composting and recycling.

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About the Author

David J. Harvey has worked as a journalist since 2006, while earning a degree in political science and writing at the University of California, San Diego. He has written and edited for the UCSD "Guardian" and the AUC "Caravan" in Cairo, and currently freelances with San Diego's "Uptown News."