Have you ever stolen from your hotel room? Join the club!

Hotel toiletries are there for the taking

Hotel toiletries are there for the taking

Is there ANYBODY who hasn’t nipped a few coffee packets or bottles of shampoo from their hotel room?

Join ‘the rest of us!’ Infact 2/3 of England’s vacationers pilfer from their rooms while in a foreign country.  Not to mention the whopping 68% of Brits who slip a few of those fluffy white bath towels into their luggage.

Though, compared to the 17% of Americans who purloin while they’re abroad, the British appear to have linen thievery down to a science!

Visitors who pinch from their hotel room are in good company.  Demi Lovato, a judge on the U-S version of the X-Factor confided to talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres she’s lifted pillows.  Comedian Kathy Griffin even came clean about slipping extra bath mats in her bag – all because her “dog chews them up!”

So what is ‘acceptable’ to take from your hotel room and what isn’t?  Renowned writer and author of Heads in Beds, Jacob Tomsky, who has spent a number of years in the lodging business says ‘relax,’ hotel rooms can be our mini-mart if we play it smart. 


“Hotels have plenty of items, all cute and travel-sized, waiting in store rooms and all you have to do is pick up the phone and ask.”

“And checking out from the hotel isn’t like going through airport security. No respectable hotelier is going to want to pry open your luggage and search for shampoo. We hope you take the amenities. We want you to use them later and think of us,” Mr. Tomsky said.

Never take the hotel robes

Never take the hotel robes

The Telegraph.co.uk published a list of items that are within acceptable limits to nick without ruffling too many concierge feathers:   

  • Hotel slippers, but NOT the robe. The robe is a definite no-go area and you will probably be charged when they find it missing. They are usually available from the hotel gift shop, for a price.
  • Toiletries. If it’s disposable, it’s fair game.
  • The housekeeper’s trolley is a treasure trove of free goodies. “Consider the unmanned housekeeper’s trolley a smash and grab situation.  Even if you do get caught, just say you were out of shampoo, or, even better, out of toilet paper, and thought you’d save them the trouble by grabbing it for yourself,” says Mr. Tomsky.
  • Small items that include a hotel logo. The hotel pen is publicity gold for the hotel.

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Tracee Tuesday is a travel writer, radio and television personality.Her mission is to inspire, inform and equip you with information necessary to experience the most amazing trips that are fun, affordable and culturally broadening.In her pastime, Tracee enjoys: white water rafting, astrobiology, zoology, traveling, music, horseback riding, and is an all-out foodie.