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2014-08-06 07:00:44 PM  

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

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Looks like she's seeing someone on the side.
 
2014-08-06 07:03:17 PM  

Billy Liar: 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"?


No.  About the only Seinfeld bits I remember are "didn't take", "the urinator", and "muffin tops".  I'm just lazy and can't believe that there aren't enough other people as lazy as me willing to pay an extra $5 for a top sheet that doesn't need to be tucked.
 
2014-08-06 07:04:04 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: 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?


I hide the maid in the boxsprings. Problem solved.
 
2014-08-06 07:05:07 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.

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/though I can certainly understand situations where this isn't enough
 
2014-08-06 07:10:39 PM  
I get my stuff from the maids cart, the black ones seem to have the best shiat.
 
2014-08-06 07:13:45 PM  

Elzar: 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.


I stay at Motel 6 pretty much exclusively when I need to rent a room. Of course, the only time I rent rooms is at the end of multi-day camping and hiking excursions. By then even the cheapest smoking room at the 6 is like a presidential suite (almost). The soaps are individually wrapped and sealed, no one's re-using those things.  I usually grab a few and toss them into my hiking pack. I also take the ashtrays with me, they make great after-dinner mint dishes for the formal dining room table.

/When you just want a bed and a shower, a cheap motel can be a hell of a deal.
//They leave the light on for me
 
2014-08-06 07:15:12 PM  
I just stopped using shampoo, conditioner, and soap (on the body).  Not for travelling, although it does make it a bit easier.

CSB: There's a motel I used to stay at which was called "Albany Rosedale" (Rosedale being the name of the street and Albany the suburb), but all of the little bottles were labelled "Albany Rostel".  I can only assume it was because the Korean immigrants who ran it had ordered them by phone...  I ended up taking a few of them as novelties for the receptionists.

/okay, if I'm actually dirty I will use soap or shampoo, and I'll let the hairdresser shampoo my hair, but that's more for the head massage.
 
2014-08-06 07:16:53 PM  
I have to be careful. I have allergies. My husband, on the other hand, never met a hotel freebee that he didn't like. Opening my hall closet can be dangerous. I sometimes think that I will be found dead under a thousand little shampoo, conditioner and soap packs.
If you want to get towels you go to the pool. Better hotels usually have towels in the pool area. Not that I would ever think of doing that.....
 
2014-08-06 07:17:43 PM  
haha subby. jokes on you. I already ejaculate my karma every day.. sometimes twice
 
2014-08-06 07:19:33 PM  
First-world karma. Having the mentality of a 3rd-worlder, I've always taken them. Also, I know they just throw them away. I've collected enough of them while working as a maid to know THAT.

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

It's pretty much a bed and cable TV. Why would I pay any more for it than I have to?

RexTalionis: Well, I don't really want them. I've got better toiletries than that.


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2014-08-06 07:23:18 PM  
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.

Great.  I really like this flat screen TV in my room tonight...
 
2014-08-06 07:23:35 PM  
I think it's okay to take home your leftover food from a restaurant, but I haven't seen an article about it anywhere on the internet, so I don't think it's time to recalculate my karma yet.
 
2014-08-06 07:29:14 PM  

jtown: Billy Liar: 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"?

No.  About the only Seinfeld bits I remember are "didn't take", "the urinator", and "muffin tops".  I'm just lazy and can't believe that there aren't enough other people as lazy as me willing to pay an extra $5 for a top sheet that doesn't need to be tucked.


Because why would you pay for that when the next thing that happens is it gets untucked? Do you spend a lot of time making hospital corners when you are at home? Do you enjoy feeling like your feet are strapped to the bed? I sure as fark don't and if I was ever in a room, anywhere where I couldn't poke my feet out from under the covers I am going to pull that thing off, take a shiat on it then go right to the front desk and make a scene about their housekeeping practices until they give me a normal sheet
 
2014-08-06 07:30:14 PM  

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

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Seems about right.  Dark hair though.
 
2014-08-06 07:35:54 PM  
Nope. $300 a night on the beach and no shampoo. Owner doesn't use shampoo (It's for women) and his wife bring whatever nutcase thing she does;. Hence; no one needs shampoo. We have babby shampoo at the front desk for n00bs.
70%+ return guests in Prime Time. Fourth of July and Labor Day weeks are 100%
Go figure.
 
2014-08-06 07:37:13 PM  

jtown: 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.


fark that.  My feet need to be out from under any covering.  and then I have my feet all tangled and trapped by the sheets.  Very distressing.

/I'm calling my lawyer.
 
2014-08-06 07:41:07 PM  
I use them but I never take them.
 
2014-08-06 07:46:30 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 once saw a dispenser in the shower at a hotel.  I initially thought it was shampoo.  However, it turned out to be that pink hand soap typically found in public restrooms.

/Stay classy, Juneau
 
2014-08-06 07:47:45 PM  
What is the deal with four or five mega-hotels in the middle of NOWHERE at a freeway interchange outside of Cornhole, Illinois.

Who is staying there?  What are they doing?

I just got back from a wedding and stayed at one of said hotels.  The number of people downstairs for breakfast every morning was nowhere near enough for the number of rooms in this six-story hotel.

Why would you build the fourth hotel at the same site when the others never break 30% occupancy?

I totally don't get it.

Maybe hotels only plan to run at 30% occupancy at a given time?
 
2014-08-06 07:47:55 PM  
Why would I take that crap home?  It just takes up space and never gets used.  Now the pool towels....

Went with a friend on a business trip two weeks ago.  Stayed at a La Quinta.  Her company has a contract with them and she uses them  for most of her business travel.  Anyway, we get there to check in and they give her a gift bag for being a "frequent guest" .  An 8oz bottle of water and a cookie.  Gee thanks!
 
2014-08-06 07:49:33 PM  

Corn_Fed: 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.


Bring dead batteries and burned out lightbulbs to switch out. Thrifty!
 
2014-08-06 07:53:03 PM  

jtown: 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.


You don't do much laundry do you?
 
2014-08-06 07:54:23 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.


Or the body inside
 
2014-08-06 07:55:31 PM  

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


In the case of the stolen TV remotes it was just a place that happened to be convenient during a move from SF to Portland. I was tired of driving and it was in the right place at the right time. They didn't get Fox for some stupid reason so I missed an episode of the X-Files that night. I was pissed.
 
2014-08-06 07:55:52 PM  
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Downstairs, he takes us for two
million... and upstairs he takes
free soap, shampoo and towels. Another
billionaire cheapskate who loves his
free rooms...
 
2014-08-06 07:58:15 PM  
I love that Aveda rosemary mint stuff, always pick up a couple extra bottles when a hotel has that.  The little bottles are also convenient to take to the gym or something like that.

/tooth paste (and toothbrushes) are typically free upon request at any decent hotel
 
2014-08-06 08:02:45 PM  
If you guys really feel the need to steal used hotel towels or robes just go the gym or spa and steal them from there. That way they cant trace them to your room.

/Would rather not wear a robe that some fat guy was wearing while getting a handy from his Craigslist hooker.
//but that's just me
 
2014-08-06 08:05:20 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.


Same here. The hotel we stayed at on vacation (an older, remodeled one) had them. I'd never seen them before, but we'd brought our own stuff, anyway.
 
2014-08-06 08:05:36 PM  

doublesecretprobation: jtown: 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.

You don't do much laundry do you?


I do lots of laundry.  Did you have some sort of point or are you just asking random questions?
 
2014-08-06 08:07:35 PM  
Back when my husband worked in the Netherlands he used to stay at a hotel where they used to have Hermès d'Orange Verte toiletries in the rooms and when I visited midweek I'd take a few home.  He used the same hotel Monday to Friday every week for 6 months and got to know the staff, each weekend when he left the front desk had a bag of Hermès products ready for him to take home to me.  Every time I smell Hermès cologne I think of that hotel so I guess it works.
 
2014-08-06 08:07:53 PM  

Billy Liar: 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"?


My husband is a tucker, but I can't stand having sheets tucked in at the feet.  It's annoying as hell to me.
 
2014-08-06 08:10:19 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.


Unfortunately - THIS
 
2014-08-06 08:10:51 PM  

As someone who works the Breakfast shift at the Super 8,
I have have 1 humble request:


EMPTY YOUR CUP BEFORE THROWING IT IN THE TRASH!


EMPTY YOUR CUP BEFORE THROWING IT IN THE TRASH!

EMPTY YOUR CUP BEFORE THROWING IT IN THE TRASH!

 
2014-08-06 08:12:19 PM  

jtown: doublesecretprobation: jtown: 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.

You don't do much laundry do you?

I do lots of laundry.  Did you have some sort of point or are you just asking random questions?


Sheets tucked in at the bottom make me stabby
 
2014-08-06 08:12:35 PM  

noitsnot: What is the deal with four or five mega-hotels in the middle of NOWHERE at a freeway interchange outside of Cornhole, Illinois.


If you look closely, they're all owned by the same hotel mega corporation.  Several seemingly different* hotels in one location give the illusion of choice.

**there's no difference between them at all
 
2014-08-06 08:15:31 PM  

jtown: doublesecretprobation: jtown: 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.

You don't do much laundry do you?

I do lots of laundry.  Did you have some sort of point or are you just asking random questions?


I imagine he was mentioning the fact that when you try to wash and dry fitted sheets you end up with a giant-ass ball of sheets that end up all wrinkled and still damp in the middle.
 
2014-08-06 08:19:59 PM  

FizixJunkee: Billy Liar: 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"?

My husband is a tucker, but I can't stand having sheets tucked in at the feet.  It's annoying as hell to me.


well....tuck that!
 
2014-08-06 08:20:28 PM  
Came in here for the classic "Bath sized Zest" story.
Leaving dissatisfied. :-/
 
2014-08-06 08:25:19 PM  

fusillade762: Elzar: Jesus what type of low rent dives are you farkers staying at?

In the case of the stolen TV remotes it was just a place that happened to be convenient during a move from SF to Portland. I was tired of driving and it was in the right place at the right time. They didn't get Fox for some stupid reason so I missed an episode of the X-Files that night. I was pissed.


so you stayed in some classy Medford or Roseburg hole eh?
 
2014-08-06 08:28:10 PM  

armor helix: jtown: doublesecretprobation: jtown: 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.

You don't do much laundry do you?

I do lots of laundry.  Did you have some sort of point or are you just asking random questions?

I imagine he was mentioning the fact that when you try to wash and dry fitted sheets you end up with a giant-ass ball of sheets that end up all wrinkled and still damp in the middle.


Odd, I've never had trouble washing sheets.  I guess I'm not 'tarded and figured out how to set the load to "small" and wash the fitted sheet by itself.  And that was with old top-loading washers.  My front loader handles the water level automagically.
 
2014-08-06 08:29:08 PM  
http://www.snopes.com/humor/letters/soap.asp

Ah, Dial, not Zest.
Anyways...

Back when I was traveling every week for work I'd request zero house keeping during my stay.
I don't need the bed "made", I don't need the trash emptied, I don't need more soaps or new plastic cups.
 
2014-08-06 08:33:54 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?!?


People think the remote might work on their TV at home. Usually, hotel TVs are made for the hotel industry and use different remote codes than any home TV... at least that was the case when I was doing remote programming.
 
2014-08-06 08:38:07 PM  

Harvey Manfrenjensenjen: 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).


Who pissed in your cheerios this morning?
 
2014-08-06 08:40:23 PM  

noitsnot: What is the deal with four or five mega-hotels in the middle of NOWHERE at a freeway interchange outside of Cornhole, Illinois.


Maybe that's a certain number of hours of travel from major cities in several directions, so drivers are likely to be looking for a place to stop.
 
2014-08-06 08:45:33 PM  

FizixJunkee: My husband is a tucker, but I can't stand having sheets tucked in at the feet. It's annoying as hell to me.


I can't stand having the feeling of my feet being squashed at the bottom by the sheet, but I also can't stand having my feet stick out from under them. Sometimes I have to stay awake all night and keep an eye on the sheet.

Marshal805: EMPTY YOUR CUP BEFORE THROWING IT IN THE TRASH!


My faves are the people who get a free drink, take a tiny sip, then throw it in the trash. jerks.
 
2014-08-06 08:51:31 PM  
I work at a 4 star hotel and they stopped putting out the chocolates for turndown service. Money saver but a bad move imo.
 
2014-08-06 08:52:07 PM  

WelldeadLink: noitsnot: What is the deal with four or five mega-hotels in the middle of NOWHERE at a freeway interchange outside of Cornhole, Illinois.

Maybe that's a certain number of hours of travel from major cities in several directions, so drivers are likely to be looking for a place to stop.


And there might be just enough special events nearby even though it seems in the middle of nowhere.
 
2014-08-06 09:13:57 PM  

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


You're supposed to leave the mattress there to cover up the dead hooker.
 
2014-08-06 09:28:01 PM  

Elzar: fusillade762: Elzar: Jesus what type of low rent dives are you farkers staying at?

In the case of the stolen TV remotes it was just a place that happened to be convenient during a move from SF to Portland. I was tired of driving and it was in the right place at the right time. They didn't get Fox for some stupid reason so I missed an episode of the X-Files that night. I was pissed.

so you stayed in some classy Medford or Roseburg hole eh?


Probably. I don't remember exactly. My trips back and forth have become more organized lately. There's a little place in Yreka I usually pit stop in these days.
 
2014-08-06 09:40:04 PM  
The soap is all I would be interested in and it has too much fragrance.
Why don't they just say it is ok to take? Are they running some kind of morality experiment?

What I really want is a good leg pillow, one without feathers.   And a soaking tub.  Half the reason why I love hotels is that my bathtub does not fill high enough for a good soak.   They should also keep Epsom salt behind the counter as a free handout.
 
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