When on a business or pleasure trip, many travelers realize they have either packed too many clothes or too few. ‌When you've not packed enough apparel to last for the duration of your stay, you can always take advantage of the on-site hotel laundry service.‌ Even if its your first time using a hotel laundry service, after you've done it once, you'll be an old pro. You can head off to a meeting or a day of sightseeing and enjoy clean, fresh laundry when you return to your room without visiting a laundromat or doing your own ironing.

Step 1:

Obtain a laundry bag from the hotel‌, which is usually already in your hotel room; however, if your room doesn't have one, simply ask the front desk or a hotel staff for a bag.

Step 2:

View the price list for the in-house laundry facilities and dry cleaning services to avoid any nasty shocks when your clothes are returned.‌ Hotel laundry services can be prohibitively expensive, so know what you're getting into before you commit to the laundry cost. In some cases, you can choose to dry your own laundry using a travel clothesline if a piece of clothing is quick drying, in order to cut costs.

Step 3:

Fill out the attached guest laundry card‌ indicating which items of dirty clothes are in the bag and whether you would like each item put in a washer, dried and folded, dry cleaned or ironed. Sometimes you can also specify if you want dryer sheets, fabric softener, a specific type of laundry detergent if you have an allergy, or hand wash.

Step 4:

Leave the wash bag with your clothes in your room for the maid to pick up or drop off in the hallway, ‌as per the instructions attached to your laundry bag.‌ If you'd rather not leave your clothes in the hall when instructed to do so, contact the front desk for alternate options.

Step 5:

Take note of the laundry service turnaround times‌ and inquire about delivery if your clothes are not back reasonably close to the time when you need them. drying times can take longer but In most cases, your clean laundry will be returned to your room in ready-to-wear condition with hangers.

Step 6:

Pay for any laundry services received.‌ The total should be added to your bill, so you can take care of it when you check out.


Contact the hotel immediately to report any damage or problem with your clean clothing. You can then file a claim for the damaged items and receive the appropriate reimbursement with the hotel’s services.

Most motels don’t offer these services due to high costs of washing machines and laundry operation, so be aware so you don’t get stuck cleaning your clothes in the hotel sink.