Lonely Planet Writer

Argentinian guests most likely to take hotel room items reveals survey

Tourists from Argentina have emerged in a survey as the ones most inclined to take items –not just toiletries – from hotels.

Hotel rooms are the source of pilfering from tourists around the world says a news survey by Hotels.com
Hotel rooms are the source of pilfering from tourists around the world says a news survey by Hotels.com Image by Eden hotel / CC BY 2.0

A massive 73% from that country admitted they indulged in what the research described as ‘hotel misappropriation’ from their rooms.

The poll was conducted by Hotels.com and was carried out globally on 5000 travellers. It found that both Spanish and Singaporean visitors also easily succumbed to temptation, with 70% of citizens from both these countries taking away items from their hotel.

Other nationalities who confessed to similar failings were Germans, Irish and Russians who filled the next three slots on the survey’s result table.

The Daily Telegraph reports that British people are further down the line in 16th position out of the 28 countries in the research while Colombians emerged as the nationality least likely to take something with just 31% admitting to taking hotel property. Britons who did take items said it was mostly stationery and slippers. Toiletries were not included in the survey, because a spokesman said that everyone was expected to take shampoo and shower gel with them when checking out.

Among the weird items stolen, according to staff around the world who work in hotels, were a grand piano, televisions, a stuffed boar, curtains, a hotel pet dog, weaponry and a fireplace. In one instance chandeliers walked out a hotel door and an Andy Warhol artwork went missing in Hong Kong.