Save Money at Hotels & Clean Your Own Room

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We all enjoy a little pampering when we go on vacation, but you can save money if you forego a little luxury.

The Marmara Hotel in Manhattan is currently offering a special “green package.” If customers skip housekeeping for three days, they will receive a $20 discount for each night. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you have to live in squalor. We spoke with a customer service representative there who said you are really just put on a “light housekeeping” schedule, meaning that your room will be tidied up on the third night no matter what. (A studio suite here for two adults starts at $230 a night.)

Other hotels are offering similar deals. Michelle Higgins wrote in the New York Times that nearly 150 Sheraton and Westin (Stock Quote: STWD) hotels in North America offer guests a $5 gift card for food and drinks if you decline housekeeping, according to the New York Times.

Of course, there are other ways to think of this $5 discount. According to Higgins, “On a recent stay at the Westin Jersey City Newport in New Jersey, this reporter learned that the $5 credit conveniently canceled out the room service delivery charge.”

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