Ah, that’s a great question. Laundry service costs do vary.
First off, what is considered a standard? One person’s idea of a standard double room in a 5 star boutique hotel, or a luxury B&B is not the same as a basic standard double room in a budget chain hotel.
So, let’s look at what items are typically included in the average standard double occupancy room:
- 1 x sheet
- 1 x duvet cover
- 4 x pillowcases
- 2 x bath towels / bath sheets
- 2 x hand towels
- 1 x bath mat
- 2 x face cloth
- 2 x bathrobes
That is 15 pieces of linen per double room, each to be collected, washed, ironed, packed and delivered back to you again in time for your next guests.
A standard double room linen changeover will cost anywhere between £10 – £55 per room.
But why such a variance in laundry service costs?
Well, for good reason.
The quote any commercial laundry partner will give you for your room will be based on a bunch of factors, such as:
How many bedrooms do you have at your venue?
Just like your business, a commercial laundry business needs volume and happy clients to keep going and grow. So, it stands to reason that if you have a venue with one, amazing high-end suite, that will attract a certain fee versus 10 basic double rooms.
Do you have a standalone venue or multiple locations?
A standalone venue in a very rural area with single track access will have specific needs versus a multi-site hotel group with venues in main town centres.
How regularly, on average, do you have guests checking and out?
If you run a hotel you might have guests staying for only 1 night at a time, so will have a high changeover requirement. Whereas, if you run a self-catering place, you are likely to have people staying for several nights, so less changeovers are needed and therefore you’ll need less linen.
What spec of linen are you going for?
Whether it’s a simple white sheet or a sumptuous luxury towel, the spec of linen you choose for your rooms play a role in the pricing.
Read our helpful guide to find out what spec of linen will best suit your venue.
Where is your venue in relation to the laundry supplier?
If they’re reasonably local to you, they might be flexible on delivery days and times.
Or maybe your venue will be on a pre-arranged route so you’ll have a designated day for delivery. This might mean less flexibility for additional drop-offs if you need them.
All these variables affect the price for your specific venue.
Be wary of any supplier quoting ridiculously low prices for the service – the likelihood is that there will be hidden charges lurking somewhere.
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