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Video:What Can You Take From Hotel Rooms?

with Charlyn Keating Chisholm

Is it ever okay to snag the cushy robe in your hotel room? Or how about the comfortable slippers? See what you should leave behind, and which amenities are free and fair game.See Transcript

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Transcript:What Can You Take From Hotel Rooms?

Hi, I'm Charlyn Keating, for About.com Travel. Most hotels want you to feel at home in your room, so they fill it with nice things. Really nice things. You might enjoy them so much you want to take them home with you.

Before you stuff that fluffy robe or that pretty decorative pillow in your suitcase, take a minute to learn what you can -- and can't -- take home from your hotel room.

Free Hotel Amenities

Hotel guests have been known to take just about anything that isn't bolted down. Towels, blankets, irons, blow dryers, coffee makers, alarm clocks, TV remotes, telephone cords, the paintings off the wall and even the Bible are commonly stolen from hotel rooms. So what can you take from a hotel room without being considered a bad guest?

Basically, you'll want to limit your pillaging to the bathroom. Shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, and other bathroom amenities are fair game, since they can't be reused for the next guest.

Bathroom slippers are usually complimentary as well, since they can't be used again, but leave the robe behind.

Stationary, like logo pens, notepaper, postcards and envelopes, are also left for your use and can be used or packed away for later. Everything else should be considered property of the hotel and should be left in the hotel room when you leave.

Hotel Room Charges

Well, you can take it with you, but expect the hotel to put an extra charge on your bill when it's discovered missing.

Yes, even the robe. Robes are such a popular item for guests to take that many hotels have taken to listing the charge right on the hanger.

Purchasing Hotel Room Items

A better idea is to visit the gift shop for that pillow or robe you can't live without. You'll get a brand new version for the same price. Many hotels now have online stores, where you can purchase everything from those 700-thread-count sheets and plush towels, to the lamps, showerheads and even the hotel's bed itself. All brand-new, and you don't have to worry about fitting it in your suitcase.

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