To take free hotel toiletries even though I don't need them?

(165 Posts)
AliceTemperley Wed 12-Oct-16 19:09:20

I don't stay over often in hotels but had to earlier this week for work with a colleague. I commented in the morning that I'd stocked up on the toiletries and my colleague really laid into me, saying it was selfish and that it was eating into the hotels profit and wrong to take them if I didn't need them.

(For info, I tend to take them home and leave them in my spare room for guests, or use them as an emergency when I run out of shampo)

AIBU? I just assumed everyone did it!

saltededamummy Wed 12-Oct-16 19:13:44

It's compulsory!
Does your colleague have shares in a hotel chain?

beelover Wed 12-Oct-16 19:16:11

I always take all the toiletries. I figure I have paid for them in the price of my room.

Bubbinsmakesthree Wed 12-Oct-16 19:17:06

Snaffling the free toiletries is one of the Top 10 best things about staying in a hotel! Ignore your colleague!

RosaRosaRose Wed 12-Oct-16 19:17:32

I had a friend who traveled a lot. Global, High class. She used to collect them and bring them to me in a placcy bag. I didn't travel, brought up my family and absolutely LOVED that bit of luxury in tiny containers. Bliss. She does the same now for my grown up daughters. grin

ChipmunkSundays Wed 12-Oct-16 19:18:13

They must cost about 2p each to produce. Your colleague is bizarre.

Yika Wed 12-Oct-16 19:18:44

Yes I thought the toiletries were included in the price of the room? I'm happy to be corrected on that. I almost always take them. Now people that walk off home with towels or bathrobes... that's a bit different!

londonrach Wed 12-Oct-16 19:19:43

You paid for them so take them. I take them as they very useful. I used to take the disposable slippers too as i had a patient going through cancer treatment in hospital. She used a pair every time she was admitted. Sadly she now passed away now.

Hysterectical Wed 12-Oct-16 19:20:04

There will be a lot of people along in a minute to call it theft.

AliceTemperley Wed 12-Oct-16 19:20:11

Oh thank god for that. I genuinely felt bad and couldn't really argue becaus yes it is a bit cheeky but they were nice White Company ones and I actually got excited when I saw them. Sewing kits and vanity stuff and everything!

Redglitter Wed 12-Oct-16 19:20:18

It's almost an unwritten rule that you take them. It's hardly going to eat into their profits when you look at how much everything is inflated. Tell her if she doesn't want hers you'll take them wink

DoYouRememberJustinBobby Wed 12-Oct-16 19:20:41

I've worked in hotels where it was policy for them to be thrown away if we the housekeeping staff were unable to tell if they had been opened or not.

Sparklesilverglitter Wed 12-Oct-16 19:20:42

I thought everyone did.

Me and dh have a right old collection of mini toiletries from holidays and business trips

mintthins Wed 12-Oct-16 19:20:43

DH always picks them up because his work collect them to donate to a womens refuge. I think that's a lovely idea. Before that though, we always kept them for guests/emergencies.

CremeBrulee Wed 12-Oct-16 19:21:01

The cost of a set of the sample size toiletries will be factored into the price of your room. Your colleague is a self-righteous twat.

Upmarket hotels use the brand of their in-room toiletries as a selling point. They are expecting that you will take them home.

Redglitter Wed 12-Oct-16 19:21:03

Oh White Company ones are my favourite. You HAVE to take them

toffeeboffin Wed 12-Oct-16 19:21:08

Re cutting into the profits.

Yeah, cos I'm sure Hilton really needs that extra 2p hmm

bruffin Wed 12-Oct-16 19:21:19

My only problem is the hotels in california dont do shower gel, just soap bars. We just got back from a road trip so stayed in 10 hotels. My favorite was the body lotion from the Handelry in San Francisco. The smell was gorgeous

Starlight2345 Wed 12-Oct-16 19:21:24

Yes I take them...Perfect for sending on DS's cub camp too because he isn't going to use any toiletries..Perfect for not taking up space.

Aliveinwanderland Wed 12-Oct-16 19:21:39

Yep I always take them! I use them when we go away and stay in places that don't have them.

WhooooAmI24601 Wed 12-Oct-16 19:21:50

I don't take them because they're usually crap. The only exception I made was the Disney hotel in paris this year because they all had mickey mouse shaped tops and I couldn't resist.

White Company stuff I'd take. Everything else is rubbish.

AliceTemperley Wed 12-Oct-16 19:22:04

Mintthins - I never thought of that! What a lovely idea.

BackforGood Wed 12-Oct-16 19:22:28

The point is, the price they charge for the rooms, all the toiletries are included. If your colleague doesn't want them, that's up to them, they are being charged for them whether they use, or take them, or not.

SpookyMooky Wed 12-Oct-16 19:22:50

Nah, you're free to take them if you like.

I've stopped doing so. My cupboards had gradually accumulated tiny impractical bottles I never bothered using, and when I had a Kondo'd them I decided they were just more Stuff for the sake of Stuff that adds nothing to my life. But for someone else they are things of joy.

HemanOrSheRa Wed 12-Oct-16 19:25:08

I always snaffle the toiletries! I was under the impression that they would replace them anyway for the next guest confused. Not leave them. What if the previous guest had contaminated them in some way?

I've stayed in hotels with little tastefully written cards telling you to take the towelling slippers, so I did grin.

Also, we stayed in a gorgeous hotel in Greece this year where they provided complimentary toiletries, replenished daily. The Housekeeper and me had a 'system' that ensured I came home with a lovely stash of stuff grin. I'm sure the lovely housekeepers couldn't have cared less but it made me feel better!

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