Most commonly stolen hotel items

Admit it. You’ve thought about packing that plush robe into your suitcase, and most of us have taken home some soap or shampoo. But you may be surprised by the other items commonly stolen from hotels.

I’ve done a bit of scouring around the internet and, apart from the shampoo and soaps (because they’re supposed to be taken home, right?), here are the items most commonly stolen from hotel rooms.

1. Towels and linen
Hotel towels are generally quite nice, so it’s no surprise that they’re the most commonly stolen item. But I’m not sure I can get my head around the bed linen. I mean, wouldn’t it be obvious that it’s missing? And the number or people who have slept on it beforehand. Yuck!

2. Silverware
Well, some of it is quite nice, and I suppose if you’re staying in a fancy hotel that actually has silverware, well, what’s a missing spoon or two?

3. Remote control batteries
Batteries are expensive! It’s a bit of a mongrel act though, leaving a remote sans battery for the next poor blighter who rents the room. Still, steal six batteries and you’ve shaved $10 off your room fee!

4. Tea bags and other ‘free’ condiments
Taking the tea bags, coffee satchels, sugar packages and any other ‘free’ condiments is a must, isn’t it? I know I’ve been guilty of popping the odd Twinings tea bag or coffee satchel into my satchel.

5. Artwork
Again, this one is kind of obvious. But I suppose, to housekeeping, one room looks exactly like the next and unless there’s a tell-tale square on the wall where the painting used to be, it’s probably pretty simple to pack a piece into your bag … if you have a big enough bag.

6. Pillows/cushions
Hotel pillows and cushions are pretty comfy and usually of a very high quality. So, squashing one into your suitcase may not be so surprising and will discount around $100 from your room fee.

7. Robes and slippers
One of the things most travellers look forward to when they get into a room is unpacking their bag, adorning themselves in those lovely, plush hotel robes and popping their tootsies into those soft slippers. Most hotels have a clear sign that says guests will be charged for stealing the robes, but that doesn’t seem to stop them.

We should say that we don’t condone the stealing of goods from hotels, especially if you want to keep the cost of accommodation down. If you like something in your room, you could always ask the front desk if it’s for sale or where you may be able to purchase it?

Have you ever taken anything from a hotel room that you weren’t supposed to take? Why not share your ‘heist’ with our members? We promise we won’t dob on you!

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.
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