10 Free Things Hotels Provide (In Case You Forgot)

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On a business trip several years ago, I checked into my hotel only to realize I had left my entire bag of toiletries at home. After frantically searching the area for a late-night drugstore, I eventually paid a pretty penny at a bodega for a handful of overpriced, off-brand bottles. When I returned to the hotel lobby, footsore and $60 poorer, I mentioned to the front-desk agent my madcap dash around the city. She looked at me sideways, and then handed me an entire kit of toiletries ... for free.


Lesson learned: Before buying something you've forgotten to pack, always check with the hotel. To give you a sense of what kinds of things might be available, here are some items many hotels will provide on the house.

Hair Tools

A compact hair dryer is usually available in domestic hotel rooms. But what about other hair tools, such as straighteners and curling irons? When it comes to free amenities, Kimpton is king: As part of their Forgot It? We've Got It! amenities program, Kimpton properties will lend guests a straightening iron or curling iron for free. Similarly, the Georgian Court Hotel in Vancouver offers a women-only Orchid Floor, where flat and curling irons come standard. And finally, Hyatt's newly launched Hyatt Has It program offers curling and flat irons at some participating locations.

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