Light bulbs, pillows, toiletries, hairdryers, telephones and the batteries from remote controls are just some of the items that regularly disappear from hotel rooms. Some are fair game, but where do you draw the line?
Knock yourself out on the toiletries. Those handy bottles of shampoo and conditioner are yours for the taking, but ransacking the housekeeping trolley is a low act. Feel free to take the slippers, which are tossed after use, but the bathrobe, towels, bedding items and anything else that can be re-used is not to be taken.
According to Peter Hook, Principal of Hook Communications. "Hotels have increasingly sophisticated and smaller audio visual gear in rooms, and they are popular items for pilfering. However hotels will find out and sometimes refer the case to police."
You might get away with surgically opening the Toblerone container, scoffing the contents and replacing the empty box but this is not to be condoned. Ditto for the minibar, a major issue according to Hook. "Very often people - mainly men - think it clever to replace the vodka and gin with water and whiskey with cold tea, but a seemingly minor act is stealing and there can be consequences." The hotel has your credit card, and won’t hesitate to retaliate when a guest oversteps the boundary.
Should you happen to inadvertently liberate a non-swipeable item from a hotel room, fess up – the hotel will be grateful and might even remember you with affection next time you’re in-house.