Have YOU ever stolen from a hotel?

Half of Britons admit to pinching items while on holiday as pool towels, batteries and pillows are taken the most

  • New survey asked 2,623 British adults if they had ever stolen from a hotel
  • Fourteen per cent of respondents said they had been caught in the act
  • Thieves also favoured slippers and robes, while some have even taken TVs




More than half of British holidaymakers have stolen items from a hotel room, a new study suggests. In a recent survey, 56 per cent of those polled admitted to stealing from a hotel, with pool towels, soft furnishings and batteries revealed as the most common items stolen by guests. Some of those who responded to the survey even confessed to stealing televisions or music players.

In a recent survey, 56 per cent of those polled admitted to stealing from a hotel while on Discount Holidays © holiday abroad


1. Pool towels – 31%

2. Room towels – 27%

3. Soft furnishing – 22%

4. Batteries – 20%

5. Cutlery/crockery/glassware – 18%

6. Slippers – 12%

7. Robe – 9%


Light bulbs – 8%

9. Bedding – 4%

10. Decorative accessories – 2%

The findings were revealed after Sunshine.co.uk conducted an anonymous survey of 2,623 British adults, who have each been on at least six holidays abroad in their lifetime.

Fifty-six per cent of respondents admitted to stealing items other than toiletries, and 14 per cent of those said they were caught in the act. The survey asked respondents to list the items they have pinched from hotels during previous stays, and pool towels proved to be the most popular, with 31 per cent admitting to stealing them. Room towels were second (27 per cent), followed by soft furnishings such as cushions (22 per cent), batteries (20 per cent) and cutlery, crockery or glassware (18 per cent).

Thieves also favoured slippers (12 per cent), robes (nine per cent), light bulbs (eight per cent), bedding such as pillow cases or blankets (four per cent) and decorative accessories such as vases (two per cent). One per cent of those polled admitted to stealing electronics such as alarm clocks, music players or TV remote controls. Two people said they have stolen a TV from a hotel on a Discount Holidays © holiday abroad, and just one person said they had stolen a Bible.

Pool towels, soft furnishings and batteries were revealed as the most common items stolen by hotel guests

People offered varying reasons for stealing from a hotel room, but the most common response was from 47 per cent of those polled, who said the hotel would have spare items. A further 28 per cent said it was in order to get their money s worth, the study found. A spokesperson for Sunshine.co.uk said: Stealing is wrong on so many levels and unfortunately we think that many people don’t consider taking from hotels to be theft.

The truth of the matter is that taking anything that doesn’t belong to you is stealing.

Hotel guests need to respect the fact that the items in rooms they stay in aren’t just there for the taking, but rather are there to enjoy during their stay.’

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