I don’t like to pay full price for hotels, and gladly share my tricks for saving. You can bet I won’t be spending my money on mundane products hotels sell. Just another useless hotel charge they want to add to our bills.
Hotels selling products in room
Hotels want you to like the items in your room so much that you’ll buy them. From the shower head to the alarm clock. It’s all for sale.
It makes sense to sell sheets and comforters at luxurious hotel chains, but the sales pitch fell flat for me at a budget hotel. I don’t feel luxurious at a budget hotel. I feel like I’m getting a good deal. That doesn’t make me want to buy their budget products like the alarm clock below.
In this hotel, everything is for sale. From the alarm clock to the ironing board. Really? Is that necesary?
This looks like the same alarm clock I’ve had in my home for 25 years. In fact, the one at home is bigger and nicer. I probably paid $15 for that. The hotel wants $25. It’s so ridiculous I laughed.
It gets worse. The hotel wants $50 for the pictured coffee maker. This isn’t a Keurig. Just a basic coffeemaker. A similar pot is sold at retailers for less than $20. More than a 50% markup is a pretty good profit margin for a hotel.
The hotel chain sells items from $25 to $80. While many are ripoffs, the $80 comforter actually isn’t a bad deal. Those usually cost $100, but rest assured the store bought $100 comforters are thicker.
Is anyone really buying these items at a budget hotel? The sign says that due to the increasing popularity of the guest room amenities, the housekeeping staff now offers them for sale.
Hotel sales to prevent theft?
Maybe it’s to prevent theft. The fine print at the bottom of the sign reads, “Each guest room attendant is responsible for maintaining the guest room items. Should you decide to take these items from your room instead of obtaining them from the Executive Housekeeper, we will assume you approve a corresponding charge to your account.” Sounds to me like you’ve been warned. Don’t steal the towels, coffee pot, or ironing board or you’ll see a hotel charge on your bill.
What’s next?! Pretty soon we’ll pay for the soap and shampoo.
I like my hotel to be cozy and as homey as possible, but I’m never going to fall so in love with the products in a room that will make me want to buy them.
I am not interested in buying the hotel shower head or coffee maker, but how about renting an iPhone charger? Now that’s a product I’ll buy or rent since my phone is useless without battery life. Inevitably hotel guests forget their charger. Until hotels make the items for sale of use to me, I’m going to pass. After all, we already pay enough fees to hotels.