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Taking Things From Your Hotel Room

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Many people travel on a very tight budget and carefully review cheap travel options, including cheap airplane tickets, discount hotel rooms, and cheap vacation packages. While there is nothing wrong with doing your best to get the most out of your travel dollars, some people wonder what is OK to take from a hotel room where they have stayed.

Once a guest has paid for a hotel room that person sometimes feels entitled to the room’s contents.

Hotel owners have found that some people will steal just about anything, ranging from bathrobes, coat hangers, bed linen, mattress covers, towels, pillows, even toilet seat covers.

Hotels generally have no problem with guests leaving with toiletries. It makes sense that items that the hotel cannot reuse can be taken. Similarly small items with hotel logos, such as stationery, will not be overly missed. In fact the hotels gain publicity when guests use hotel pens in public.

Checking out of a hotel is not like going through an airport security checkpoint. Hotels do not open your luggage to search for what you might have taken.

Towels are viewed by hotels as items that guests should not take. Despite a recent study found that 68 percent of British travelers confessed to towel theft, the rule of thumb is that items that hotels can and will be reused should not be taken out of hotels.

Most hotels are more likely to blacklist a guest over a petty theft than notify the police and charge stolen items to their credit card.

This is not the case everywhere. In Japan a young couple was arrested for stealing hotel bathrobes and an ashtray. In Nigeria a woman was sentenced to three months in prison for stealing two towels from the Transcorp Hilton Abjua Hotel.

One study found that among the items most frequently stolen from hotels were batteries and light bulbs.

The challenge for hotels is how to limit guest stealing without angering or embarrassing their guests. Higher end hotels, such as the Ritz Carlton, encourage guests to purchase items they like that are in their rooms either in the gift shop or online.

A couple of years ago a few hotel chains attached electronic tags on their luxury linens, in order to monitor the whereabouts of bed sheets and bathrobes. Guests who tried to leave hotels with such items ran the risk of being shamed when the alarm went off.

Ultimately guests should use good judgment in deciding what is OK to take from their hotel rooms. When in doubt, ask the hotel.

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