HOTEL FREEBIES! What you can (and can’t) take home

There’s nothing better than a freebie, especially when you’re on holiday. But how do you know what’s up for grabs and what should be left well alone? Here is our guide to what you can (and can’t) take home from your next hotel stay.

The fluffy robe and slippers?

Who doesn’t love the fluffy robe and plush slippers that usually come with a luxury hotel stay? Many hotels will let you take the slippers, but, unfortunately, most will charge you for the robe. At check-in, most hotels take a copy of your credit card to cover incidentals, so if you take anything extra home with you, you may find a charge on your credit card in the days following your stay.

If you really love them, ask reception if you’re allowed to take home the slippers and/or the robe and if there any associated costs. Some hotels even list the cost of the robe on a menu in your room, should you wish to purchase it.

The indulgent toiletries?

Good news! Most hotels are fine for you to take the toiletries in your room, which are usually included as part of your stay. This includes the body wash and hair products, along with any tea, coffee, or even stationery. In fact, many hotel groups create their own branded stationery in the hopes that you will take it with you.

Depending on the level of service your hotel provides, it will likely replenish your toiletry supply, often every day, so you’re free to take as much as you need. While it’s unlikely that your hotel will say no if you ask for additional products, it’s safe to assume that it’s frowned upon to harass guest services.

The luxey bedding?

Unfortunately, the dreamy bed-and-pillow combination responsible for your perfect night’s sleep must stay within the confines of your hotel room.

While it’s common for guests to try to sneak away with a pillow or two, this is not included as part of your hotel stay. However, many hotels are now making their luxe amenities available for purchase after your stay, including The Westin Sydney, where you can purchase anything from the bed to potpourri, or QT Sydney, who sell their QT Gel Dream Bed online.

The minibar treats?

While hotel minibars have traditionally offered simple snacks for an added cost, these days they are extending well beyond that. Not only are today’s minibars often more richly stocked, many are now partially or completely complimentary.

COMO The Treasury Perth’s minibars offer several locally produced treats and beverages, which are included as part of your stay, and at Capri by Fraser in Brisbane, Studio Executive guests can enjoy two free bottles of water and two free minibar items per day of their stay.

Anything else?

Aside from the minibar, which is usually clearly marked, it’s worth looking around your hotel room, as it’s not uncommon for hotels to treat their guests with surprise welcome gifts. It could be a chocolate placed on your pillow, a macaroon at turndown service or, like at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Melbourne, a complimentary cookie when you check in.

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