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(Forbes)   Time to recalculate your karma, as it turns out hotels actually want you take those little bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and lotion home with you   (forbes.com) divider line 124
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-08-06 02:46:57 PM  
Earlier this year, I was pleased to see dispensers in one hotel instead of bottles. That must have been a backwards non-optimized hotel.
 
2014-08-06 02:53:55 PM  
Well they can't reuse them and they are branded so I always figured they wanted me to take them home if I liked them. Some of the are REALLY nice.
 
2014-08-06 02:54:11 PM  

ZAZ: Earlier this year, I was pleased to see dispensers in one hotel instead of bottles. That must have been a backwards non-optimized hotel.


I've seen the dispensers in several places.  Personally I don't like them.  No guarantees on what product is really in there and that it hasn't been screwed with.

Some hotels have actually had mini bottles of Paul Mitchell products.  That impressed me.
 
2014-08-06 02:55:05 PM  
Oh, sure, shampoo is fine, but they get pretty snippy when you slide a mattress into the elevator.
 
2014-08-06 03:00:18 PM  

Snarfangel: Oh, sure, shampoo is fine, but they get pretty snippy when you slide a mattress into the elevator.


It's better to take the mattress than have the maid find the bloodstains.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-08-06 03:03:34 PM  
Snarfangel

Low end hotels have price lists. "We're happy to sell you our towels, etc. Here are the prices... For your convenience, you can just take them from the room when you leave and we'll add them to your bill." I wonder if any of them list mattresses among the purchasable items.
 
2014-08-06 03:21:54 PM  

ZAZ: Snarfangel

Low end hotels have price lists. "We're happy to sell you our towels, etc. Here are the prices... For your convenience, you can just take them from the room when you leave and we'll add them to your bill." I wonder if any of them list mattresses among the purchasable items.


You can do it at the Mirage, which means I'm sure you can at the Wynn, Aria, etc...

http://www.mirage.com/shopping/the-mirage-at-home.aspx
 
2014-08-06 03:26:01 PM  
That's all nice and stuff, but the question one should be asking is if we can take Halah Touryalai home.
 
2014-08-06 04:18:07 PM  
When I traveled a lot I always brought my own shampoo, conditioner and body wash, just because in one trip I might be in a dozen hotels/motels, some of them not so nice, and I wanted to know what I was using on my hair and skin from day to day. I always took the little bottles and donated them to a shelter when I got home. My karma is still in the red, I think.
 
2014-08-06 04:39:33 PM  

BizarreMan: Snarfangel: Oh, sure, shampoo is fine, but they get pretty snippy when you slide a mattress into the elevator.

It's better to take the mattress than have the maid find the bloodstains.


How are you going to hide the dead hooker in the boxsprings?
 
2014-08-06 04:41:45 PM  
random:
Humans are far more keyed to scent than we generally realize.  Bringing your own shampoo/conditioner/soap while traveling actually helps you relax in whatever room you're in, as it keeps something very familiar with you (and usually part of a relaxing process).  It's one of the "tricks" to being more comfortable while traveling.
/random
 
2014-08-06 05:45:23 PM  
Well, I don't really want them. I've got better toiletries than that.
 
2014-08-06 05:53:56 PM  
They're also hoping you'll think of your hotel stay when you end up using that bottle of lotion later on.

They want me to think of the hotel room when I'm jacking it with the lotion later? Well... OK *zip*...
 
2014-08-06 05:58:31 PM  

fusillade762: They're also hoping you'll think of your hotel stay when you end up using that bottle of lotion later on.

They want me to think of the hotel room when I'm jacking it with the lotion later? Well... OK *zip*...



"Are you a sperm donor?"
"No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night."
 
2014-08-06 06:12:10 PM  

ZAZ: Snarfangel

Low end hotels have price lists. "We're happy to sell you our towels, etc. Here are the prices... For your convenience, you can just take them from the room when you leave and we'll add them to your bill." I wonder if any of them list mattresses among the purchasable items.


I always thought that was a nice way to say "Don't steal our towels.  We'll know, and you'll still get billed."
 
2014-08-06 06:14:24 PM  
We donate the ones left behind to the poor, but then again we are on a tropical island and the local quality of life is probably drastically different then most hotels and locales.
 
2014-08-06 06:19:44 PM  

Chariset: ZAZ: Snarfangel

Low end hotels have price lists. "We're happy to sell you our towels, etc. Here are the prices... For your convenience, you can just take them from the room when you leave and we'll add them to your bill." I wonder if any of them list mattresses among the purchasable items.

I always thought that was a nice way to say "Don't steal our towels.  We'll know, and you'll still get billed."


i was at a place, and i thought, man, these robes are awesome, i'm taking them... then i noticed, each one would cost $300.

then i thought, well, that sucks, why stay in a fancy hotel if you can't steal stuff.  back to the motels for me.
 
2014-08-06 06:20:29 PM  
When the heck was there ever a time when hotels didn't want you to take the little disposable shampoo/lotion bottles?

It's the towels, bedding, furniture, etc. they don't want removed.
 
2014-08-06 06:23:14 PM  
Huh.  I figured it was because they'd rather do anything than have the minimum-wage maid be able to take it home.
 
2014-08-06 06:23:18 PM  
Time to recalculate your karma, as it turns out hotels actually want you take those little bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and lotion home with you

No shiat, Romero.
 
2014-08-06 06:23:34 PM  
I just gather them up and mail them to the TSA right from the hotel.  saves time, really.
 
2014-08-06 06:24:54 PM  

ginandbacon: Well they can't reuse them and they are branded so I always figured they wanted me to take them home if I liked them. Some of the are REALLY nice.


This.

Health code in most US jurisdictions generally prohibits reusing of single/limited-use toiletries across multiple rentals of the same room.  If you don't take those little bottles they're legally supposed to get thrown out by the maid anyway.

Notice I say legally.  I'm sure quite a few places cut corners and don't so long as they're still sealed and look okay.
 
2014-08-06 06:26:06 PM  
My guest bathroom has a basket full of them.
 
2014-08-06 06:26:44 PM  

BizarreMan: No guarantees on what product is really in there and that it hasn't been screwed with.


Which is different than the individual bottles in what way?
 
2014-08-06 06:27:15 PM  
What, you thought they'd just let the next guy in the room use the half empty shampoo and the soap you used on your starfish?
 
2014-08-06 06:27:26 PM  
A quick plug for the Global Soap Project
 
2014-08-06 06:29:04 PM  

obenchainr: random:
Humans are far more keyed to scent than we generally realize.  Bringing your own shampoo/conditioner/soap while traveling actually helps you relax in whatever room you're in, as it keeps something very familiar with you (and usually part of a relaxing process).  It's one of the "tricks" to being more comfortable while traveling.
/random


Whether being reminded of home is a good thing or not may depend on whether it's a business trip or a vacation.
 
2014-08-06 06:29:41 PM  
"If you take it, then you must have liked it,"

No.

I started taking them, well at least stashing them in my suitcase, after several occurances at different hotels where housekeeping failed to replace an empty one.  If I find that they haven't provided a new tiny shampoo bottle, no problem, I've got at least 2 or 3 in my suitcase from various hotels.
 
2014-08-06 06:32:01 PM  
It's advertising.  Duh.
 
2014-08-06 06:33:02 PM  

ZAZ: Earlier this year, I was pleased to see dispensers in one hotel instead of bottles. That must have been a backwards non-optimized hotel.


The last place I stayed that had those was clearly built with the parts ripped out of several hotels that had been remodeled.
 
2014-08-06 06:33:19 PM  

BizarreMan: Snarfangel: Oh, sure, shampoo is fine, but they get pretty snippy when you slide a mattress into the elevator.

It's better to take the mattress than have the maid find the bloodstains.





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Agrees

 
2014-08-06 06:33:41 PM  

yukichigai: ginandbacon: Well they can't reuse them and they are branded so I always figured they wanted me to take them home if I liked them. Some of the are REALLY nice.

This.

Health code in most US jurisdictions generally prohibits reusing of single/limited-use toiletries across multiple rentals of the same room.  If you don't take those little bottles they're legally supposed to get thrown out by the maid anyway.

Notice I say legally.  I'm sure quite a few places cut corners and don't so long as they're still sealed and look okay.


When you have a baby, they tell you to take every consumable in the room, because they have to throw them out if you don't.

// Plus I'm sure they bill the insurance $200 for that pack of diapers.
 
2014-08-06 06:33:49 PM  

obenchainr: random:
Humans are far more keyed to scent than we generally realize.  Bringing your own shampoo/conditioner/soap while traveling actually helps you relax in whatever room you're in, as it keeps something very familiar with you (and usually part of a relaxing process).  It's one of the "tricks" to being more comfortable while traveling.
/random


That's why I always order beans with dinner.  The farts smell like home
 
2014-08-06 06:34:06 PM  

obenchainr: random:
Humans are far more keyed to scent than we generally realize.  Bringing your own shampoo/conditioner/soap while traveling actually helps you relax in whatever room you're in, as it keeps something very familiar with you (and usually part of a relaxing process).  It's one of the "tricks" to being more comfortable while traveling.
/random


This is why I carry my Roku. While some hotels nixed the HDMI access on their TVs, most gave up on that ages ago and have a port available for external devices. I have my TV shows on a USB drive plugged into the Roku and watch my regular bedtime shows in the hotel, just like I do at home. It makes for a quick relaxation.

Now, if a hotel has a really nice ginger or lemon verbena soap, I'm asking for extras.
 
2014-08-06 06:37:16 PM  
I once stayed at a motel where there was no remote for the TV. The manager told me people kept stealing them. Why would someone steal a TV remote?!?
 
2014-08-06 06:38:51 PM  
I was staying in a hotel recently that had a display of bottled water and snacks in the bathroom to purchase which I thought was super odd.  There was a note saying if you used any of them then you will be charged and then a price list.  The bottle of water looked to be opened and refilled which is really gross.  I think the hotel should re-think this since it was taking up valuable counter real estate anyway.  Not to mention the fact that when I'm washing my hands, brushing my teeth, and whatever else I do in the sink, that shiat was getting splattered.  I wonder who thought this was a good idea.
 
2014-08-06 06:38:51 PM  
FTFA:

When guests take their toiletries home with them it's a signal to the hotel team that they've done a good job picking the right products. They're also hoping you'll think of your hotel stay when you end up using that bottle of lotion later on.

Heh. I maybe take them 35% of the time -- and I typically bring my own soap and shampoo. The only hotel whose soap I really like is the W.
 
2014-08-06 06:42:06 PM  
I travel over 100 days a year for work.  My wife hasn't had to buy soap, shampoo or conditioner for 8 years.
 
2014-08-06 06:42:13 PM  
Consumption of hotel shampoo, conditioner and lotions are all up, Harper says. Ten years ago, about 35% of guests used the items. Today, 75% of Sheraton guest are using hotel toiletries.

Of course usage is up, it is impossible to fly with liquids.
 
2014-08-06 06:43:16 PM  

fusillade762: I once stayed at a motel where there was no remote for the TV. The manager told me people kept stealing them. Why would someone steal a TV remote?!?


Back in the old days they used to bolt them to night stand.
 
2014-08-06 06:43:44 PM  

HNICguy: I travel over 100 days a year for work.  My wife hasn't had to buy soap, shampoo or conditioner for 8 years.


images.starpulse.com
 
2014-08-06 06:44:37 PM  

Tom_Slick: Consumption of hotel shampoo, conditioner and lotions are all up, Harper says. Ten years ago, about 35% of guests used the items. Today, 75% of Sheraton guest are using hotel toiletries.

Of course usage is up, it is impossible to fly with liquids.


Which is what it said in the sentence right before that.
 
2014-08-06 06:46:10 PM  
When I was a kid, my grandparents had a Holiday Inn hotel towel.  At first, I thought that meant you were supposed to take the towels.  A few years later, I realized  my grandparents stole a hotel towel.

Bedding, from comfortable mattresses to soft sheets, is another evolving aspect of room amenities.

"It's always being looked at and we're always looking for ways to make it better-not just for comfort but for housekeeping too," says Marriott's Mitchell.


This bit brings up a question I've had for a while.  Fitted bottom sheets have been standard for longer than I've been alive.  But why aren't there top sheets and blankets that have a pouch to slide over the end of the mattress?  Seems like that would save a lot of bed-making time.  Slip it over, pull it snug, job's done.  I know mattresses come in many thicknesses but it doesn't have to be perfectly tight.  It just needs to hold the bedding in place through the night.
 
2014-08-06 06:46:58 PM  

BMFPitt: Tom_Slick: Consumption of hotel shampoo, conditioner and lotions are all up, Harper says. Ten years ago, about 35% of guests used the items. Today, 75% of Sheraton guest are using hotel toiletries.

Of course usage is up, it is impossible to fly with liquids.

Which is what it said in the sentence right before that.


Reading comprehension what is it?

/Really did miss that part.
 
2014-08-06 06:52:33 PM  
It's farking shampoo, people. If your delicate head can't take rebranded Suave for a couple of days, you have bigger problems and probably shouldn't leave your bubble home.

And dispensers are the way to go. The amount of waste generated from those little bars of soap and bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotion is immense; there's more packaging than there is product. Anyone who prefers these has absolutely no business lecturing anyone else about bottled water, keeping a lawn or "rolling coal" (OK, maybe that one is fair game... that's just stupid).
 
2014-08-06 06:52:45 PM  
This is the kind of hard headed journalism I expect from some narcissistic tramp that works (blogs) at Forbes.
 
2014-08-06 06:52:54 PM  

ZAZ: Snarfangel

Low end hotels have price lists. "We're happy to sell you our towels, etc. Here are the prices... For your convenience, you can just take them from the room when you leave and we'll add them to your bill." I wonder if any of them list mattresses among the purchasable items.


I have to say, I've never seen that at a low-end hotel.

Mid-range and higher, sure. (And by "mid-range and higher, I'm talking a rack rate of US$250-500 per night for a standard room, US$500-1,000 per night for a suite.) But at what most people would consider "low end", nope.
 
2014-08-06 06:52:56 PM  

fusillade762: I once stayed at a motel where there was no remote for the TV. The manager told me people kept stealing them. Why would someone steal a TV remote?!?


PillsHere: I was staying in a hotel recently that had a display of bottled water and snacks in the bathroom to purchase which I thought was super odd.  There was a note saying if you used any of them then you will be charged and then a price list.  The bottle of water looked to be opened and refilled which is really gross.  I think the hotel should re-think this since it was taking up valuable counter real estate anyway.  Not to mention the fact that when I'm washing my hands, brushing my teeth, and whatever else I do in the sink, that shiat was getting splattered.  I wonder who thought this was a good idea.


Jesus what type of low rent dives are you farkers staying at?

Iczer: What, you thought they'd just let the next guy in the room use the half empty shampoo and the soap you used on your starfish?


Pretty sure that is exactly the business plan Super 8 and Motel 6 are executing.
 
2014-08-06 06:54:25 PM  
it puts the lotion in the basket
 
2014-08-06 06:58:54 PM  
jtown:
This bit brings up a question I've had for a while.  Fitted bottom sheets have been standard for longer than I've been alive.  But why aren't there top sheets and blankets that have a pouch to slide over the end of the mattress?  Seems like that would save a lot of bed-making time.  Slip it over, pull it snug, job's done.  I know mattresses come in many thicknesses but it doesn't have to be perfectly tight.  It just needs to hold the bedding in place through the night.

You must have seen the Seinfeld episode where Jerry and George stayed at a hotel and the question was "To tuck or not to tuck"?
 
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