15 Things You Can Get From Your Hotel Absolutely Free

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Make the most of your stay with these 15 free hotel bonuses.
Updated April 11, 2024
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Traveling can be expensive. Between the hotel stay, transportation, food, and excursions, all the costs can really add up.

But taking advantage of little-known free amenities at your hotel can help lower your financial stress

From free bike rentals to happy-hour drinks, there may be much more to your hotel than a bed to sleep in.

Better pillows

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Let’s face it: Hotel pillows aren’t always that great. They can be flat, lumpy or just too small. And after a whole day of exploring, a good night’s rest is what you need.

If you’re unhappy with the pillows in your room, ask about different options. There may be pillows in different sizes or with various degrees of firmness available.

Pro tip: Make sure to both take advantage of these freebies. And when you must pay for things, use a great rewards credit card that lets you earn travel rewards and other perks.

Hair-styling tools

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We all want to look nice in a new city. But hair-styling tools can take up a lot of space in your suitcase.

Call your hotel beforehand and see if it carries tools beyond the in-room hair dryer, like straighteners or curling irons. Save the space in your bags for souvenirs.

Cribs

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Worried you’ll have to create a makeshift cradle for your infant? Many hotels have cribs to provide to young families.

Just ask the front desk. They may help give you the peace of mind of knowing your little one has an age-appropriate bed.

More kids stuff

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If your children are too old for cribs, your hotel may still have amenities available for older kids.

Many hotels have high chairs available for use. Hotels also carry games and toys, as well as nightlights. Ask your front desk what your hotel has available.

Laundry bags

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Keep your dirty and clean clothes separate with a laundry bag from your hotel. Many hotels have an on-site laundry service, so there should be plenty of bags for guests.

Ask your hotel if you can grab a bag, and you’ll likely be able to get one for free.

Feminine hygiene products

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You can probably get complimentary feminine hygiene products at your hotel.

Many hotels have them stocked for those who ask. Just be prepared for them not to be the specific items you use at home.

Chargers

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Forget your phone charger? We’ve all been there.

At most hotels, you can the front desk ifany arey available for guest use. You might be able to snag one during your stay.

Plug adapters

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If you remembered your charger but are in another country, your hotel may also carry power adapters.

These little guys allow you to use your U.S. plugs in the outlets of your foreign hotel room. You’ll be able to use your charger and any other personal electronics or gadgets you bring.

Booze

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Believe it or not, some hotels offer guests gratis drinks during their stay. Now that’s a great deal!

For example, guests can enjoy a tequila toast on the patio at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona. And the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa in Colorado offers a free s’mores happy hour.

Razors

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If you like to have smooth legs while lying out by the pool or want a clean shave for your face before dinner, your hotel can likely help if you misplaced a razor.

Many hotels carry complimentary razors and shaving cream for those who ask.

Slippers

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See about grabbing a pair of soft slippers during your next hotel stay. Wearing slippers in your room is always wise to keep your feet clean — or to just have something soft beneath you.

Ask the front desk if some are available. And if your hotel has a spa, there are likely to be slippers for guest use.

Local maps

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Your hotel staff can be a great resource if you're new to the area. The front desk usually has local maps and restaurant guides for guests.

Staff members also are usually happy to recommend their favorite spots around town or highlight local places that offer deals for guests from the hotel.

Cookies

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A sweet treat can make your hotel stay even sweeter. Some hotels have cookies ready and waiting for guests.

DoubleTree by Hilton famously carries soft chocolate chip cookies that now come in an allergy-friendly recipe. And the Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown offers complimentary milk and cookies every night.

Bikes

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Biking is a wonderful way to explore an area. Some hotels offer free bike rentals for guests.

If you’re staying in bike-friendly cities such as Portland, Oregon; New York City; Austin, Texas; or San Diego, ask your hotel if bikes are available for use.

Toiletries

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This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the complimentary shampoo, conditioner, and body wash available at every hotel.

They may be helpful during your stay, but be sure to take any extras home with you. They’re perfect for offering to house guests who need a shower, and you can take them on your next trip to save space in your bags.

Bottom line

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Taking advantage of complimentary amenities at your hotel can help you avoid wasting money on things you forgot to bring. And not just shampoo and conditioner.

Ask about other complimentary offerings for hotel guests. Make the most of your stay, from free booze to bike rentals and more.

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