When I called the front desk this morning to check out of my hotel, the friendly clerk said "You don't actually need to call. All that matters is that you're out of the room by noon." He spoke sort of like he was letting me in on a little secret. It got me thinking about my experiences at other properties. The check-out call is never more than five seconds -- seemingly not long enough for the clerk to actually record anything in the system. Generally speaking, do hotels even bother to track check-outs, or do they just rely on housekeeping to flag stragglers? I never check out at the front desk unless I need an updated folio, in which case they've got to pull up my account anyway, so I've got no idea whether they're also recording my departure.