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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 38
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2014-08-06 04:41:45 PM
6 votes:
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 06:12:10 PM
5 votes:

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 06:46:10 PM
4 votes:
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 06:42:13 PM
4 votes:
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 02:53:55 PM
4 votes:
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 06:38:51 PM
3 votes:
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 06:32:01 PM
3 votes:
It's advertising.  Duh.
2014-08-06 06:29:41 PM
3 votes:
"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 06:27:26 PM
3 votes:
A quick plug for the Global Soap Project
2014-08-06 06:20:29 PM
3 votes:
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 06:44:37 PM
2 votes:

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 06:34:06 PM
2 votes:

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 06:23:34 PM
2 votes:
I just gather them up and mail them to the TSA right from the hotel.  saves time, really.
2014-08-06 04:18:07 PM
2 votes:
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 02:54:11 PM
2 votes:

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.
Rat
2014-08-07 01:21:17 PM
1 votes:
Neutrogena French milled soaps from Hilton garden inn and Homewood suites are the bomb. I wish I could find them elsewhere in regular sizes. Silky smoove when I'm all showered up.

I usually fill my pockets from the courtesy cart in the hotel hallways.
2014-08-06 08:29:08 PM
1 votes:
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 08:12:35 PM
1 votes:

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 08:10:51 PM
1 votes:
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 07:29:14 PM
1 votes:

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 07:19:33 PM
1 votes:
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 07:03:17 PM
1 votes:

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 06:52:56 PM
1 votes:

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 06:52:54 PM
1 votes:

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 06:43:44 PM
1 votes:

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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2014-08-06 06:43:16 PM
1 votes:

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 06:42:06 PM
1 votes:
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 06:37:16 PM
1 votes:
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 06:33:41 PM
1 votes:

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 06:33:02 PM
1 votes:

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 06:27:15 PM
1 votes:
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 06:26:44 PM
1 votes:

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 06:26:06 PM
1 votes:
My guest bathroom has a basket full of them.
2014-08-06 06:24:54 PM
1 votes:

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 06:23:18 PM
1 votes:
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 05:58:31 PM
1 votes:

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 05:45:23 PM
1 votes:
Well, I don't really want them. I've got better toiletries than that.
2014-08-06 02:55:05 PM
1 votes:
Oh, sure, shampoo is fine, but they get pretty snippy when you slide a mattress into the elevator.
 
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