The One Item In Your Hotel Room That You Should Never Use

November 24, 2016 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | Style

You’re traveling for work or play and craving the comforts of home sweet home. Fortunately, your hotel room is probably stocked with everything from a hair dryer and ironing board to snacks, alcohol, and enough bottled water to supply a village.

Unfortunately, some of those items in your hotel room are either unsanitary or a total ripoff. Before you risk spending a pretty penny on something you can get down the block for half the price or, worse, pick up a ton of gross germs left behind by past guests, frequent traveler Chelsey, a marketing coordinator for Pet Plan, says one hotel item stands out above the rest as a smart one to avoid.

“One thing I always avoid using at hotels is the bottled water,” Chelsey says. “Higher-end hotels tend to leave a bottle of water somewhere in plain sight in hopes that guests will find a need for it. Most of the time people will not have change for the vending machine or they won’t be within walking distance to a convenient store. Then the hotel will charge them a ridiculous amount just for opening something that should technically be complimentary. So, if you’re paying the price for an upscale hotel and don’t want to incur additional fees then avoid opening any kind of water bottle that presents itself in an unorthodox kind of way.”

Maggie McCombs at Creative Lodging Solutions agrees that hotel bottled water is not worth the cost, and adds three more items you shouldn’t use: the comforter, the TV remote (unless you’re willing to wipe it down), and the pillowcases. “As nasty and surprising as this one seems, a recent investigation of some of the most prominent US hotels revealed that not all pillowcases are thoroughly cleaned between guests,” McCombs says.

Nasty, maybe. But the more you know, the more money you’ll save and the healthier you’ll be on your next vacation.

For more tips, check out 4 Tech products I can’t travel without and The biggest ripoff at Starbucks — What is it?

[Photo: Egg Canvas]



Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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