The hotel industry is moving away from mini toiletries. IHG will switch all of their hotel brands to large toiletry containers only by 2021, Marriott has already phased them out from several brands, and many other hotel brands will follow suit.
I get the need to move away from single use plastic, but that’s not to say I won’t miss the mini toiletries. (The same goes for the truly awful paper straws that melt in your mouth and your drink. There has got to be a better solution!)
First of all, the large bulk containers creep me out, as anyone can put anything in them. And how often are they cleaned?
But mostly, I enjoy bringing mini toiletries home and using them. It’s not so much about saving some money on soap and shampoo as it is the smell.
Intoxicating aromas from hotels like the Park Hyatt Paris and the Grand Hyatt Kauai instantly transport me from Cleveland back to the wonderful vacations associated with those smells.
They also make me long to go back.
Ostensibly, the death of mini hotel toiletries is due to going green, though let’s be honest, the real reason is greenbacks. That’s the same reason hotels would prefer not changing your sheets and towels during your stay, though a sign saying to help them go green surely sounds better than help us save some money.
I wonder if the elimination of mini hotel toiletries may actually backfire though. Am I the only one that wants to drop what I’m doing and catch the next flight to Kauai or Paris when I use their shampoo?