I assume it is because they drive on the left but it seems when you come up to a double door (exiting the room) the operating door is on the left.
Switches are "off" in the up position.
Energy conservation seems to trump safety. This stairway on our room is right next to the bathroom.
The only switches are a 3 way pair, one at the bottom of the steps, the other behind the bed and they turn on all of the overhead lights.
One wrong turn going to the bathroom and you go down the steps.
The room might not be "afraid of the dark" but I am.