What Nationalities Are The Most Likely To Steal From Hotels & What?


A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a link to an article on the Telegraph that was based on a Hotels.com survey of roughly 5,000 travellers and what they take and how often when staying at hotels.

What Nationalities Steal The Most At Hotels

The survey didn’t even count toiletries as everyone takes them (supposedly). Taking a stationary item (such as pen) was considered “stealing” however.

Here are the 10 nationalities most likely to take stuff from the hotels:

What nationalities steal at hotels

Here’s an excerpt of the Telegraph piece that you can access here:

Argentinian travellers are the most likely to indulge in hotel misappropriation, a survey has suggested, with 73 per cent admitting to taking items – not including toiletries – from their room.

British guests, in comparison, would appear far more reticent – with less than half of those surveyed owning up to pinching hotel property, putting them 16th out of 28 nationalities to feature.

The global poll of almost 5,000 travellers, conducted by Hotels.com, found that Singaporean and Spanish holidaymakers are also rather prone to thievery, with seven in 10 taking items from their hotel. Germany, Ireland and Russia completed the top five.


I am first to admit that I do take pens from hotels if they are good and look nice. I did like the pen at the Churchill in London that much that I now write using it. It is the same design that all the W Hotel pens have and I sometimes do take them as well.

Hotel toiletries are often such a bad quality that I don’t get it who would take them? Once in a full moon you might come across hotel that has Bvlgari, Acqua di Parma, Penhaligons, Molton Brown, L’Occitane etc. that I could perhaps take if I wouldn’t be traveling with my carry on and prefer keeping the liquids in check.

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