Room status in hotels like occupied, stay over, on-change, OOO, OOS etc.

Room Status Terminology / Definitions for hotels

During the guest stay, the housekeeping status of the guest room changes several times. The various terms defined are typical of the room status terminology of the lodging industry. Not every room status will occur for each and every guest during their stay at the hotel.

Changes in this status should be promptly communicated to the front office in order to maximize the room sales and revenue. Maintaining timely housekeeping status requires close coordination and cooperation between the front desk and the housekeeping department for the Non- Automated / Semi-Automated hotels.

Occupied: A guest is currently occupied in the room

Stayover: The guest is not expected to check out today and will remain at least one more night.

On-Change: The guest has departed, but the room has not yet been cleaned and ready for sale.

Do Not Disturb: The guest has requested not to be disturbed

Cleaning in progress: Room attendant is currently cleaning this room.

Sleep-out: A guest is registered to the room, but the bed has not been used.

On-Queue: Guest has arrived at the hotel, but the room assigned is not yet ready. In such cases, the room is put on Queue status in-order for the housekeeping staff to prioritise such rooms first.

Skipper: The guest has left the hotel without making arrangements to settle his or her account.

Vacant and ready: The room has been cleaned and inspected and is ready for an arriving guest.

Out of Order (OOO): Rooms kept under out of order are not sellable and these rooms are deducted from the hotel's inventory.A room may be out-of-order for a variety of reasons, including the need of maintenance, refurbishing and extensive cleaning etc.

Out of Service (OOS ): Rooms kept under out of service are not deducted from the hotel inventory. This is a temporary blocking and reasons may be bulb fuse, T V remote not working, Kettle not working etc. These rooms are not assigned to the guest once these small maintenance issues are fixed.

Lock out: The room has been locked so that the guest cannot re-enter until he or she is cleared by a hotel official.

DNCO ( did not check out): The guest made arrangements to settle his or her bills ( and thus not a skipper), but has left without informing the front desk.

Due Out: The room is expected to become vacant after the following guest checks out.

Check-Out: The guest has settled his or her account, returned the room keys, and left the hotel.

Late Check out: The guest has requested and is being allowed to check out later than the normal / standard departure time of the hotel. is build to help hoteliers setup their operations. Get sample Stationery, Formats, SOP's, Staff Training Tips, Job Descriptions and more.
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