It's a common tale — we slip a pen into our pocket or grab some extra soaps for the road when leaving a hotel. Smaller items, especially hygiene products, seem harmless and replaceable. But would you be so daring as to take a TV, a sauna bench or a grand piano? Wellness Heaven, a luxury and spa hotel guide, surveyed 1,157 four- and five-star hotels located primarily in Europe to determine the items that have been frequently stolen.
Hoteliers have reported some strange things going missing and no, not from ghosts:
Mattresses: Of the hotels surveyed, 4.2% said guests have taken the mattresses right out of the room. The survey also found that people staying at five-star hotels are eight times more likely to take mattresses than those staying at four-star accommodations.
Lamps: Not the brightest idea — 4.3% of hotels reported lighting fixtures stolen from rooms.
Phones: Nearly 5% of hotels reported phones being taken from rooms.
TV Sets: 6.1% of hotels reported television sets disappearing from rooms, and French guests are the most likely offenders. The sets are nine times more likely to be taken from a five-star hotel than a four-star hotel.
Coffee makers: Five-star guests are also more than five times more inclined than four-star lodgers to steal coffee makers, which went missing at 6.9% of the hotels surveyed.
Light bulbs: More than 7% of hotels reported lightbulbs being taken, with the most likely culprits being Dutch lodgers.
Hair dryers: More than 8% of the hotels surveyed had hair dryers get packed away with the rest of the guests’ belongings.
Remote controls: Among four-star hotels, 14.1% reported stolen remote controls, compared to 2.9% of five-star hotels, for an average of 9.1% among all hotels surveyed. It’s no surprise that French guests are the most likely to run off with remotes, considering they are more likely to take TV sets too.
Tablet computers: Twelve percent of hotels reported that “SuitePads” had been taken after checkout. It’s eight times more probable that tablets go missing at five-star hotels than at four-star hotels.
Dishes: Nearly 13% of hotels report dishes being stowed away in luggage, with Austrians being frequent offenders.
Pillows: Maybe it’s just because traveling makes people more tired and thus more likely to sleep deeply, but people seem to fancy hotel pillows. More than 14% of hotels reported stolen pillows and the worst offenders are American vacationers, according to the survey.
Blankets: Nearly 16% of hotels say blankets are stripped from the beds and never returned. Five-star guests are four times more likely to take these for the road.
Artworks: More than 20% of hotels report decor going missing and — again — it’s the luxury travelers. Five-star guests are more than five times more likely to loot art than four-star travelers.
Batteries: American hotels guests are most likely to empty the room of batteries, which disappeared at 22% of the hotels surveyed.
Cosmetics: It turns out that the one thing five-star and four-star guests both like are their lodgings’ cosmetic products. Nearly 33% of hotels report that these goods get taken. The guilty party? German and British guests.
Cutlery: Nearly 34% of hotels surveyed said that forks, knives and spoons get swiped from rooms.
Pens: It might be surprising to learn that only 39.1% of hotels reported pens being taken.
Hangers: No one wants wrinkled clothes when traveling. Maybe that’s why 49.3% of hotels reported their closets getting stripped of hangers.
Bathrobes: Like with cosmetics, German and British lodgers are most likely to keep bathrobes as souvenirs. More than 65% of hotels surveyed have had robes stolen.
Towels: With 77.5% of hotels surveyed reporting them being stolen, towels are the most common good to fall prey to thieving guests.
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