Do you take the free stuff when you stay at a hotel?

@Toofancy (549)
United States
March 15, 2009 1:56pm CST
When you are ready to check out at a hotel, do you take the complimentary items, such as shampoo, conditioner, shower caps, pens, pads, coffee, sugar, creamer, etc.? I, of course, would never take towels, or anything like that - but I do take any of the complimentary items that they supplied for me to use during my stay. My husband is getting used to it now, but at first he thought it was weird of me to take home what I did not use while I was there. I've never thought anything about it. I figure that I paid for it, and they put it there for me to use anyway. So, I just want to know how many other people do the same thing.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
17 Mar 09
Somehow I am skeptical about the stuffs in hotels. I do not use them, not to mention take them. Besides, I am not sure if I will suddenly be charged if something is missing. No, I do not even use the free stuff provided, not to mention take.
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@csrobins (1125)
• United States
17 Mar 09
Haha yeah I do if I want the stf. I don't like their soaps and shampoos though so I will usually just end up taking the coffee grains. I love to take extra food to my room in the complimentary breakfasts though and eat it later in the day or in the car driving a long time.
@gtdonna (1740)
17 Mar 09
Not always, it all depends on what it is. I did take the shower cap and cream the last time I stayed at a hotel...the other stuff I left since I really had no use for it at home. But I also take a complimentary envelope and writing paper as souvenier of my stay there. Not all hotels have the stuff in the room free, and sometimes you even ahve to pay for what is in the mini bar.
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@jazzsue58 (2672)
15 Mar 09
To be honest, I think the hotels expect it! My daughter had a teacher whose brother ran a hotel. She used to come in on Monday morning with her pockets bulging with presents for the kids - don't know what bro thought of it though! I've even been to a hotel where there was a message, "Please help yourself to anything you need," next to a big basket of bathroom goodies next to the checking out desk! Nobody ever did, though. Odd, that.
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@Toofancy (549)
• United States
15 Mar 09
I guess they do expect their guests to take that stuff. If I saw the basket that said help yourself, I would probably help myself to that too. (Within reason, of course). Thanks for your response!
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
17 Mar 09
You can be sure that anything you help yourself to would appear on your bill. Same as anything from the little bar fridge.
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@jazzsue58 (2672)
18 Mar 09
There's this urban myth that people refill the bottles with water or cold tea and put them back. It wouldn't make any difference. Those bottles are logged the moment you swipe one - whether you put it back or not. I found this out the hard way, when I was on a diet and the bar was stocked with chockie goodies as well as booze. Two or three times I was tempted enough to get as far as 'downloading' the Thorntons. Then, guilt - plus the fact they were £5 for a box of 6 truffles - made me shove them back, unopened. They still came up on my bill though. Took a bit of explaining, that did.
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@jsitko (1169)
• United States
16 Mar 09
Hi Toofancy. I just got back from a 4 day vacation and we stayed at a hotel. I did use some of the free things that were there. I liked the hand lotion and hair shampoo/conditioner, it had a nice citrus scent to it. I took what I did not use home because they are just going to throw it out when you leave any how. I did not use the shower cap,sewing kit, pad or pen and left them there. However my husband used the shoe buffing mit and we took that also. We did use their coffee as it was quite good and we even asked for 2 coffee filter packs a day. I would never take the towels either although the robes that they had there for us were very tempting. They were fluffy terry cloth and comfortable, I used them going to and from the indoor pool.
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@Toofancy (549)
• United States
22 Mar 09
I bought a robe once from the Westin hotel. $90!!! It's a really nice, white, thick, fluffy robe....but that's a lot of money.
@jsitko (1169)
• United States
23 Mar 09
That is the same kind of robe we had use of at the hotel. I egret not buying one to bring home. They are a lot of money but they are very cozy! Enjoy the one you bought.
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
16 Mar 09
sure i do. not too many freebies come my way so why not take advantage of them. of course i don't get to stay in many hotels either. lol
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@Toofancy (549)
• United States
22 Mar 09
I know what you mean! I don't get to stay in many hotels lately myself! Thanks for your response!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
22 Mar 09
i've lost my touch, u are too young looking not to be having a good time, lol
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
15 Mar 09
Yes, I take them. Those little bottles fit nicely into our hurricane evacuation kits and some of the stuff hotels provide smells really nice! I think I was at a Hilton where the lotion had a citrus scent that I really loved and I tried finding it online but never could. This stuff is meant to be used...you're paying for it anyway...so why not take it home? I don't take the little coffee supplies because we usually use them up and, no, I never steal towels and washcloths because that truly is stealing.
@jazzsue58 (2672)
15 Mar 09
Except at the Ritz in London. There, the price of the bathrobes is slyly inserted into the cost of the room - that's official! You can even buy an extra one for the folks at home. They lost so many they gave up counting.
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@Toofancy (549)
• United States
15 Mar 09
I am the only coffee drinker, so there is always some left I can take home. But one time we paid $90 (each) for two robes from the Westin. They are really nice thick heavy white robes....but not sure they were worth $90!
• United States
15 Mar 09
I stayed in a motel for over a month. They charged me $60.00 for each night I stayed there. It was not worth it at all. I took all the towels that were in my room. I had a bag full of them. Nice big white fluffy towels. The cost of each towel was in my bill each day.
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@Toofancy (549)
• United States
15 Mar 09
Hotels do have great towels. Much nicer than the towels I have at home. And the bed linens at the finer hotels are awesome. Some of those beds are so soft they feel like heaven.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
17 Mar 09
People who do NOT steal the towels have to pay for the people that do.
• China
20 Mar 09
Usually, I would not take them. But some of my friends do. When I ask them why,they give me the same answer as you. Yes, you have paid for it, surely you should take it. Now it's my turn to answer the question, why not take it. In my opinion, the stuff we buy is what we want and need. If I don't need it, what should I deal with it after bring it home? Usually, the stuff like that has certain shelf-life. So it's not as good as leaving the stuff. It can be used for other people who need it, and that can save resources.
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@Toofancy (549)
• United States
22 Mar 09
I understand your point. And I agree, if you are going to let it waste, you should not take it. I always use what I take. It is never wasted.
• United States
17 Mar 09
Of course! What's free is for me! I have to admit though, I have taken a towel in the past. I just had to. I just hope no one ever takes the remote control to whatever room I will be checking into, the next time I go anywhere.
@Toofancy (549)
• United States
22 Mar 09
LOL No remote would definitely ruin the hotel stay! Thanks for your response.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
16 Mar 09
Of course I do! Well, I leave the sewing kit and the shower cap since I don't use those things. And I usually use the coffee. But the rest of the things I take and leave in my travel bag. Then they're ready for when I travel again, and perhaps I'm staying in a hotel where those things aren't available. Or, for when I'm staying with family or friends and I don't want to use their supplies.
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@Toofancy (549)
• United States
22 Mar 09
I do use the sewing kits and also the shower cap sometimes, so I would take those for myself. But I think it is good that you only take what you would use. By the way, I LOVE your picture!! It looks just like my baby, Tink. Thanks for your response!
• United States
16 Mar 09
I used to be like your husband, then it occurred to me that they make great little basket items for house guests! I fille a basket with shampoo, minature soaps along with a nice bathcloth and lightly scented shower spray. I add in a new toothbrush and small toothpaste. They love it!
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@Toofancy (549)
• United States
22 Mar 09
That is a great idea! I have never thought of doing that. Thanks for your response!
@uicbear (1903)
• United States
15 Mar 09
Yep, I do. Not so much the pad of paper, but I occassionnally take the pen. i will take the shampoo and conditioner. I stash them for those annoying instances when I don't realize that a beloved family member has just used the last bit of whatever in the entire house. I agree with you, these items are provided on a daily basis to us for staying in their hotel. So I will use them or stash them away on a daily basis for my stay.
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@Toofancy (549)
• United States
15 Mar 09
I always take the pad as well as the pen. The pads come in handy on my desk. I make a lot of notes, and use a lot of scrap paper, so the pads are put to good use.
• United States
15 Mar 09
we do as well. Besides if you don't use them don't they have to throw them away? or something silly like that?
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@Toofancy (549)
• United States
15 Mar 09
I didn't know that they threw them away. I can see them throwing away the soap that was opened and left, but it is so wasteful for them to throw away anything that hasn't been opened. But, I can see where they probably would do that. It's a good thing I don't leave them anything to throw away! ha. Thanks for your response!
@tjades (3592)
• Jamaica
15 Mar 09
Once the complimentary items are nice I take them. Some items make really good souveniers and others come in handy when I have to do short overnighters elsewhere.
@Toofancy (549)
• United States
15 Mar 09
You are right. I have given away the pads and pens as souveniers to my kids before. Thanks for your response!
• United States
15 Mar 09
I take the small things that they replace whether they were used or not. Hand soaps, shampoo, the little bottles of lotion.... At one hotel, they also had complimentary ear plus, eye masks and linen spray! Those were great, and you were able to take them so I did.
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@Toofancy (549)
• United States
15 Mar 09
I stayed at a hotel that had ear plugs, eye masks and linen spray. I have all three of those items next to my bed. I have used the eye mask several times! Thanks for your response.
@beachstarz (1092)
• United States
15 Mar 09
Hi toofancy, I always take the soap and shampoo from the hotel room. Once it is used they are going to throw it all away anyway , I also take matches if they had them or a little writing tablet just as a little keep sake .
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@Toofancy (549)
• United States
15 Mar 09
Right! I forgot about the matches. I take those, too. Thanks for your response!
@daneg33 (1131)
• Canada
15 Mar 09
If the soap and handcreams are nice, I take them. I would never take towels or anything like that, because they do an inventory of what's in the room and if you steal things you shouldn't they will charge it to your credit card. The other things are complimentary - creams, shampoos, lotions, so why not take them? Besides that, they are good for travelling. I collected a lot of those shower caps and a bunch of us laughed our heads off one nite by wearing em.
@Toofancy (549)
• United States
15 Mar 09
You are right. I would never steal anything. That is funny about the shower caps! I have quite a few saved up myself.
• United States
15 Mar 09
Well I have not been in a motel or hotel in a long time. But if it did arise I would and I feel the same way you do. I paid for it why not? I mean hotels are not cheap and they throw out all that stuff if you leave it anyway. Like you said I do not take any towels or anything but soap, pens, and paper yes I take it! Nice discussion and happy mylotting to you.
@Toofancy (549)
• United States
15 Mar 09
I just assumed if it was not opened that they left it for the next person. But heck, if they are throwing it away that would be such a waste! I am glad that you feel the same way I do. Thanks for your response!
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
17 Mar 09
I do take the complimentary shampoos and conditioners, the lotions and the coffee or tea. I tend to leave the shower caps and pens and pads of paper. I dont use shower caps so i dont feel the need to take them. Honestly alot of the time i just use the hotel shampoo rather than taking it but if i havent i do. I wouldnt take the towels or robes or anything. I think some hotels stipulate in that paper you sign that they can bill your credit card after you leave if they find things like that missing...or major damage.
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