I had two identical problems recently.
I stayed two nights at Harrah's Atlantic City, 12/9/12 - 12/11/12, and two nights at Mohegan Sun CT, 12/23/12 - 12/25/12.
At both properties, after the first night, I left $2 and a note stating "Please do not tuck in the top bed covers."
On both occasions, the $2 was taken, and the bed covers were fully tucked in.
At Harrah's, I left the note and $2 on the corner of the bed. When I returned, the note was still on the bed, on top of the tucked-in covers.
At Mohegan Sun, I left the $2 and note in front of the TV -- right next to the little sign stating "If there's anything we can do to make your stay more comfortable...."
At Harrah's, I was alone, so I didn't tip when checking out. At Mohegan Sun, my wife was with me. She understood my argument, but insisted we leave at least $1, since it was Christmas day. $1 was ALL I left.
The part that kills me is that my request gave that person less work to do. You'd think they would honor that request, no?
In the future, I plan on bringing a sheet of paper with big type on half the sheet, "Please do not tuck in the top bed covers." On the other half, I'll have it in Spanish. Can someone translate for me?
On the other half, I'll have it in Spanish.
I think that's a very good idea.
Just curious ... why don't you want the covers tucked in?
I would instead have the note say, "Please do not tuck in the comforter or the blanket."
Language and diagram might help. Large one!
Everything is palm out these days but palm out for services rendered is so much nicer than palm just being out all the time.
Call housekeeping after checking in and ask for a supervisor. Get their name and and ask them to relay your request to your room attendant. Whatever their language the supervisor should be able to handle it. You could leave a note as a backup starting it with I spoke to your supervisor so and so.
Oh, good, a threat. Good way not to get your bed made at all.