Danish hotel guests most honest: Study

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 17, 2013 09:13 hrs

New Delhi, Apr 17 (IBNS) Many travellers revel in opening their hotel room door and taking in all the amenities on offer - a plush robe, gourmet coffee or luxury bedding.

However, 35 per cent of global travellers take it one step further, removing these amenities and taking them home, according to a recent survey amongst hotel guests by leading online accommodation booking service Hotels.com.

While globally 65 per cent say they've never taken an item from a hotel room (excluding toiletries) it is the Danish travellers that come out on top as exceptionally honest, with 88 per cent saying they've never pocketed anything they shouldn't from a hotel room.

Among Indian travellers, 62% admit that they have never pocketed any hotel property. The common items which catch the attention of sticky fingered travellers include magazines and books.

While it is in-room magazines, books, linens and towels that seem to be the main focus for sticky fingered travellers, other items that those surveyed admitted to taking include the bathrobe, pillows, electronics, irons and even in-room furniture such as lamps or alarm clocks.

Alison Couper from Hotels.com said: "While we all love that holiday feeling, it seems travellers in some countries are taking this a bit too far by removing a wide variety of items from their hotel room to take home with them as a memento of their stay.

"We should applaud the Danes as the most honest nation in resisting temptation, closely followed by the Dutch and Norwegians - assuming all respondents were honest when completing the survey...!"

While more than a third of global travellers admit to removing hotel amenities, there are a few niceties that guest are willing to pay for: a room with a view (29 per cent) and a balcony (17 per cent) came out on top.

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