The items it’s acceptable to take from a hotel room (and those that should ALWAYS stay put) revealed by etiquette expert William Hanson
- Mr Hanson has produced a now-viral TikTok video on the subject
- Here he also reveals his favourite hotel items to whisk away
- READ MORE: Hanson reveals the do’s and don’ts of sending Christmas cards
What is and isn’t acceptable to take home from a hotel bedroom?
This is a question etiquette expert William Hanson answers in a viral TikTok post he filmed in a ‘sun deck’ cabin on the QE2 floating hotel in Dubai that has been viewed 2.5million times.
Mr Hanson explains that ‘basically anything small’ is fine to take home, for example the dental and shaving kits, miniatures of shampoo and body wash, and the slippers.
In fact, Mr Hanson points out, the slippers in his room carry a label that reads ‘love me, use me, take me home’.
‘Words to live by,’ says Mr Hanson, who added in an email to MailOnline Travel: ‘The postcard with the pretty picture of the hotel, or the writing paper with their details on are also acceptable for you to remove from the room, if you want. It’s good, low-level marketing for the hotel.’
So, what’s not acceptable to pack before checking out?
In the video, Mr Hanson says: ‘Things like the mug or the cups and saucers, the glasses, the pillow, the robe… please leave it in the room because stealing is not good etiquette.’
Mr Hanson told MailOnline: ‘If you do take a fancy to the china, you may discover it’s for sale in the reception area. Always ask.
What is and isn’t acceptable to take home from a hotel bedroom? This is a question etiquette expert William Hanson (above) answers in a viral TikTok post he filmed in a ‘sun deck’ cabin on the QE2 floating hotel in Dubai that has been viewed 2.5million times
WHAT’S THE IDEAL STATE TO LEAVE A HOTEL ROOM IN?
Mr Hanson said: ‘You don’t need to leave your hotel bedroom looking like a show home, but it should not look like a bomb’s just gone off. That’s unfair to the housekeeping team, who don’t just have your room to service, but many others. Put all towels in the bathroom – in the bath or on the floor in a neat heap – make sure the bedding is on the bed and no pillows or duvets are on the floor, and return all hangers to the wardrobe.’
‘And pillows and scatter cushions – these are items you must never remove. It’s astonishing how many guests think they can get away with stuffing one or two in their cases. Again, they may be available to purchase, or the hotel may be able to tell you the name of its supplier.’
We asked Mr Hanson if it’s bad form to give people presents that are hotel freebies.
He replied: ‘I probably wouldn’t give many people a freebie from a hotel, but a close friend or family member may get a spare pair of fluffy slippers, for example.
‘A few weeks before the UK entered lockdown, many Brits were panic-buying. I was staying abroad in a hotel and decided to purloin the spare loo roll to give to a friend as a (joke) hostess gift.’
And what are Mr Hanson’s favourite small items to whisk away?
He said: ‘I love taking the sachet of bath salts home with me, especially if I have enjoyed a bath in that hotel. Then, when in my own tub, I can close my eyes and imagine I’m on holiday again somewhere else.’
For more from Mr Hanson visit his TikTok and Instagram profiles.
Slippers are always fine to take, says Mr Hanson, who also told MailOnline: ‘If you take a fancy to the china, you may discover it’s for sale in the reception area. Always ask’
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