I have stayed at many hotels during my travels. Some of them 5-star, most of them not. It makes no difference, I don’t discriminate, I steal the soap…and the shampoo…and the conditioner. I just can’t bear the thought of my leftover shampoo going to waste. Or not adding those cute little containers to my collection. I have mentioned that I am cheap frugal just a few hundred times within this blog.

While I am amidst a confession, I may as well tell you that I also have a couple of sewing kits. And one shoe shine tin.

I wanted to know if I was a legitimate, lock-me-in-handcuffs thief, so I Googled.

It turns out that there are a few different schools of thought on taking soap from hotels;

  • They want you to take it because it’s advertising (this ones my favorite)
  • It’s part of your room rate, so whatever you want to do with it is your business
  • It’s downright thievery.

One gentlemen had a very convincing argument claiming that it wouldn’t be considered acceptable to open and use the product if it was considered stealing to take the unopened product. Though, most do agree that it is not okay to request or take off the housekeepers cart any extra products just so you can bring them home. For the record, I have never done that. Not even once. Nope.

What do you think? Is the soap part of your room rate? Or is it just plain stealing?