Hotel guests are stealing all types of expensive items from their hotel. Picture: Pexels.
Hotel guests are stealing all types of expensive items from their hotel. Picture: Pexels.

WATCH: From a grand piano to bathroom sinks; the items guests steal from their hotel

By Clinton Moodley Time of article published Dec 4, 2019

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Sure, “stealing” the toiletries, coffee and tea sachets and pens are pretty harmless, but some hotel guests have upped their ante when it comes to what they steal from their hotel. 

Wellness Heaven asked 1 157 hoteliers which items were the most commonly stolen, and the list will certainly surprise you. A total of 634 hoteliers from 4-star hotels and 523 from 5-star hotels were surveyed. 

From the research, the majority of the guests stole towels and bathrobes, while others packed away the hangers, pens, cutlery, cosmetics and batteries. The hoteliers also revealed that some of the guests did not play it safe. According to the study, hotel guests stole televisions, mattresses and even the lamps. 

One has to wonder how they leave the hotel with a mattress? According to the Wellness Heaven website, a hotelier from Italy revealed that someone once stole a grand piano. 

"Once I walked through the lobby, I noticed that something was missing, and soon after I learned that three unknown men in overalls had taken away the grand piano, and it never reappeared, of course,” the website stated. 

At a Berlin hotel, some guests went home with bathroom fixtures like the rain shower, hydromassage shower, a toilet seat, a drainpipe and sometimes an entire sink. If you find that bazaar, a guest at an England hotel once removed the numbers from his hotel room door. 

Then, there’s the story of how one guest stole the wooden benches from a sauna in a hotel near Salzburg in Austria. The research also revealed that certain nationalities had preferences when it came to what they stole from the hotel. 

For example, Austrians prefer dishes and coffee machines while Italians prefer wine glasses. Naturally, the research also revealed that 5-star guests opted for expensive items like TV sets, artworks and tablets. 4-star hotel guests opted for towels, hangers, and batteries. 

The items most frequently stolen in hotel rooms. Source: Wellness Heaven.

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