As a hotel reviewer I stayed in 45 hotels last year – everything from cosy backpacker spots in Vietnam and family-run villas in Bali to well-known hotel chains in bustling cities and even the most luxurious and intimate private villa there is in Phuket.
Fine things like macaroon trees, chocolate martini-making bars, rose petal baths in candlelight, luxuriously-packed fragrant body lotions, shampoos and tons of branded stationery are just some of the things hoteliers do to make you feel at home.
The good news is – these are all free for you to take home! Why? Because no hotel in the world would mind having you flash their branded stationery at your next business meeting. But where is that fine line between what you can and cannot take from the hotel room?
Hoteliers reveal a number of items that go missing from the rooms, whether it’s a well-respected businessman or a toiletry-addicted blogger who was staying there. These 6 things are not cool to take from hotel rooms:
1. Anything that plugs in
Internet cables, power adapters, hairdryers, kettles and coffee makers are non- refillable and therefore a no no to take from the hotel no matter how much easier it would be to make that early morning cup of coffee at home from the shiny Nespresso machine.
2. Curtains & Linens
Waking up to those silky linens feels amazing. And those magic matching curtains that make the room so dark that you could sleep forever without being woken up by the first rays of sunshine or the neon city lights. You feel so energized to kick off with your day that having these in your own bedroom suddenly becomes a necessity. Stop right there! It’s not that housekeeping will not notice that the room is missing the curtains or a blanket.
3. Towels & Bathrobes
lebua at State Tower in Bangkok has the dream towels so insanely big that you could literally wrap yourself up from head to toe. Although your luggage is bursting with souvenirs you are taking home, you could definitely find that extra space for a towel or two. Unfortunately, they are not there for you to take. The good news is – most of the hotels now sell them online.
4. Books (especially the Holy Bible)
As weird as it may sound, The Holy Bibles are amongst the most popular items to be taken away from the hotel rooms. Ironic, since one of God’s commandments is NOT TO STEAL. Amongst other books that go missing are fancy table books, glossy magazines and destination guides.
5. Ceramic Toiletry Dispensers
More and more hotels nowadays are going green by switching from fancy plastic toiletry containers to ceramic dispensers. Arguably, it is still toiletries, which are yours to take, however the packaging no longer is. So unless you can drain the liquids out to your own containers, you’ll have to leave it.
6. Interior design accessories
Matching lampshades, fluffy colourful cushions, locally-crafted wooden photo frames and oh so many more things which are small enough to stuff in your bag, yet big enough for the housekeeping to spot right away – don’t risk it! These do cost a lot of money and are intended to stay where they are.
If still in doubt, follow this mantra from Ross Geller from “Friends”: “You have to find a line between stealing and what the hotel owes you!”
Feature image courtesy of Sri Panwa Phuket