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Average hotel housekeeping costs

Updated April 17, 2017

Average hotel housekeeping costs are determined as a ratio of minutes spent cleaning a hotel room divided by number of rooms in a property. According to Bjorn Hanson, associate professor at New York University's Tisch Center for Hospitality, the cost of cleaning a high-end of luxury room is approximately £14 per day.

Labor Costs

The largest cost in the hotel or hospitality industry is labour, accounting for over 40 per cent of operating costs, according to a report by PKF Consulting, a hospitality consulting firm. Labor costs are determined by number of employees, wage, and productivity. According to Chigun Duygulo, Executive Housekeeper at Florida's Coral Springs Marriott, an average housekeeper cleans 17 or 18 rooms per shift.

Team Approach to Cleaning

Housekeeping labour costs can be reduced. Julia Kaminsky, director of housekeeping at an Aramark facility in Virginia, utilises a team approach to increase the number of rooms cleaned per hour.

Temporary, Seasonal Employees

According to PKF Consulting, some hotels hire temporary or seasonal housekeeping employees through outside agencies to reduce labour costs. Eliminating or reducing overtime hours is another method to reduce labour costs.

Effects of Environmental Practices

Environmental practices also reduce housekeeping costs. An article published in "The Wall Street Journal" reports Starwood Hotels as well as other hotels give guests the choice of opting out of daily room cleaning in exchange for hotel credits or points on rewards program. Less-frequent room cleaning also saves energy and resources.

Housekeeping Resources Costs

Less-frequent room cleaning and laundering also reduces costs of resources such as energy, soap, and laundry supplies. An additional cost for hotel housekeeping is incurred through the wearing out of linens due to frequent washing.

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About the Author

Beth Cone is a Los Angeles-based writer and was the style and health, beauty, and fitness columnist for "On The Boulevard Magazine" in the San Fernando Valley-based magazine from 1990 through 1992. She is a publicist and artists representative with clients in Northern and Southern California. A graduate from Vanderbilt University, Cone has a degree in Spanish and fine arts.