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Things You Can (and Can't) Take from Your Hotel Room

Unfortunately, you shouldn’t take the robes.


By Emily DiNuzzo, Reader's Digest

Soap

If there’s one thing most hotels reliably have in their rooms, it’s soap. And according to Ousman Conteh, general manager at Claridge House Chicago, these mini bottles are OK to take from your hotel room. “Often hotels receive negotiated pricing for items from another brand,” he says. However, Curt Asmussen, managing director of ObieHospitality, notes that it’s not encouraged to take these items—but guests aren’t penalized in any way if they do.


Shampoo or conditioner

Much like the mini soaps stocked in the bathroom, the travel-size shampoo and conditioner are also fine to take from your hotel room. Hotels sometimes brand these items too, Contech says. So taking their shampoos and sporting the hotel brand name gets the word out about their them, also.


Anything “complimentary”

These complimentary items could include things like dry-cleaning bags, coffee, creamers, sugar packets, and certain marketing collateral pieces, Asmussen says. It’s fair game to take them with you. Joanna McCreary, the general manager for the W hotel in Austin, Texas, adds that some hotels even give exclusive complimentary gifts which you are, of course, free to take. “We love giving people champagne on check-in on peak arrival days at W Austin,” she says. “We don’t advertise it, but do get a good deal on it, and complimentary surprise champagne you will find is a very easy sell.”


Paper and pens

These paper items also usually have the hotel brand name on them and serve as a marketing tool. Feel free to take them with you!


Sheets and towels

Sheets—and the following items—are the ones you shouldn’t take from hotel rooms. As McCreary explains, the hotels’ goal is to prepare the perfect room for the next guest. Taking pricy essentials, like sheets, make it harder for hotel staff to do their job. According to the Telegraph, however, 68 percent of people in a survey admitted they steal linens and towels from hotel rooms. Beware that some hotels can track stolen towels thanks to electronic tags, HuffPost reports.


Electronics

Contech notes that in most cases, there are disclaimers on all items that shouldn’t leave the room—especially in the case of pricy electronics. “An example is Claridge House’s AavGo tablet,” he says. “They note that there will be a cost levied on the room charge if a tablet or other item of value goes missing or removed from the premises.”


Robes

These plush robes are one of the most common items people think they can take from hotel rooms, but can’t, according to Contech and McCreary. Slippers, on the other hand, won’t be used again and are typically OK to take.


Wooden hangers, glass bottles, and mugs

There is a chance that taking these items from your hotel room could lead to consequences beyond an extra charge to your room—including being “blacklisted,” NBC reports. Hotels keep a record of guests who trash hotel rooms or steal items and might ban these people from booking rooms again. In rare scenarios, some people could get arrested. The Telegraph reports a couple in Japan was arrested for stealing robes and an ashtray. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so only take the complimentary items that you really need. Remember, just because you can take something doesn’t mean you should.
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