Thirty-five percent of hotel guests admit to pocketing room amenities according to a recent Hotels.com global survey. While a majority of hotel guests globally (65 percent) said they’ve never pilfered an item from a hotel room, Danish travelers came out on top as exceptionally honest with 88 per cent saying they’ve never pocketed a hotel amenity.
Quebec natives weren’t too far behind with 81 per cent. English-speaking Canada, however, wasn’t quite as honest as their French counterparts at 70 percent.
Although more than a third of global travelers have stolen hotel amenities, there were a few niceties that guest were willing to pay for: a room with a view (29 percent) and a balcony (17 percent) came out on top. The Hotels.com Favorite Hotel Amenities Survey also revealed that free Wi-Fi is No. 1 when it comes to must-have hotel amenities with 34 percent saying free Wi-Fi is the top factor in choosing a hotel even on leisure stays.
Fifty-six percent of respondents said free Wi-Fi is their number one must-have when traveling for business and 66 percent indicated free Wi-Fi is the amenity they most wish would become standard at all hotels in 2013.
Creature comforts of home and food are also high on the priority list for travelers. Twenty-three percent chose high-end coffee makers as their top modern in hotel room amenity while 43 percent said complimentary bottled water is the most appreciated simple amenity.
Happy hours, wine tastings or any other time with free food and drinks was 42 percent of global travelers’ favorite newly offered hotel service amenity. Twenty-three percent cited unlimited free food and beverages as their most missed comfort from home when traveling.