Which free items can you take from a hotel room?
Consumable items which are meant solely for the staying guest are some things which can be taken from a hotel. Complimentary services can also be availed free of cost.
Water bottles– At least 2 packaged water bottles are offered by the hotel as a complimentary service for the guest. Unless you take it from the mini-bar, which is chargeable, water bottles provided in your room are free of cost which you can carry.
Tea/Coffee Kits – Most hotels offer a water kettle along with tea/coffee making ingredients like tea bags, coffee sachets, milk powder and sugar. Unless mentioned otherwise, you can take them.
Sewing kits – Needle, thread, buttons and everything else the hotel offers as a complimentary service.
Oral hygiene kits – You can take toothbrush and toothpaste available in mini-packs.
Stationery – Monogrammed notepads, envelopes, pencils, pens, magazines are often placed by the hotel in your room as a subtle marketing gimmick.
Toiletries – Mini kits including things like earbuds, cotton pads, shaving products, soap, shampoo, body lotion, conditioner, shower caps, bathroom slippers, can be taken from a hotel room.
What can you not take from hotel rooms?
Not everything is up for grabs. Here’s where you draw the line:
Bath and body products- Towels, bathrobes, soap dispenser/ holder, mirrors are off-limits.
Electrical appliances- Cable box, alarm clock, TV remote control, alarm clock, iron, tea kettle, hairdryer, etc are some items which belong to the hotel, not to the guest.
Upholstery- Blankets, pillows, pillow covers, curtains, bed sheets, comforters, mattresses should never be taken from a hotel room.
Taking things like paintings, ashtrays, mugs, hangers, Ironing board, incense burners, mosquito repellents, lamps, cutlery and even the Bible, amounts to theft.
What will happen if you steal from your hotel room?
At best, you’ll be charged for the items you’ve stolen. Some even put price tags on items which one cannot take. In this way, if they’re found missing from your room, you’ll be asked to pay for it.
In the worst-case scenario, you’ll be blacklisted from the hotel. The hotel authorities also have the right to take legal action against you. Things can turn pretty serious, pretty quick!