I probably won't be staying in any $195-per-night hotel under any conditions, but I nonetheless would prefer to believe that the bathroom floors of such a place received only the most fastidious kind of cleaning {"Hotel Maids Bring Bosses to Their Knees," news story, Dec. 5}. If this involved the use of a clean rag while the chambermaid knelt to the task, I would regard that as a further indication of the high standards of such a hotel.

But it's getting harder and harder to continue to be an admirer of simple standards when the only meaningful consideration is whether or not one wants to follow orders. Standards for cleanliness and excellence are now merely obstacles on the road to progress. Chambermaids are paid the same hourly rate as many clerk/typists -- and considerably more than most retail store clerks -- but they refuse to help uphold the standards of their craft.

Those of us who grew up when the work ethic was securely in place are puzzled as to how people can find so many reasons for refusing to embrace the tasks expected of them. And to one who also remembers when a proud housewife wouldn't own a mop because the hands-and-knees approach to cleaning floors was the only one good enough for her home, this story is a reminder that nothing is more important in the '80s than having one's own way.

ARLA J. TRACZ Falls Church