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Old 08-20-2012, 07:09 PM
 
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Hotels will have hair dryers, lotions, soap ,shower caps, shampoo even coffee machines and microwaves !!
But why do they never have a small toothpaste tube in the bathroom ?

I always wonder WHY ???

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Old 08-20-2012, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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That's a pretty darn good point. I never noticed it though since I have to use that anti-sensitivity toothpaste lol.
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:27 PM
 
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Tyrannosaurus Rex is a thief, that's why. Rumor has it that he uses A LOT of toothpaste, but I haven't a clue why.



I guess what I'm trying to say is: I don't really know. Maybe it's a cost savings thing or it's because people usually travel with it.

Hmm..

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Keep cost of goods/sales down by reducing the amount of guest room ammenities.


As a retired hotel general manager, many of the items you mentioned are not placed as ammenities in guest rooms anymore. You can however, request it from the front desk for free with many hotel chains, Holiday Inn being one of them.

With the rate competition in todays market and the consumers ability to use the internet to shop for rooms, the reduction in cost of goods/sales and labor control are a must for most if not all hotels - even the 4 stars!
Why do hotels not provide toothpaste in the room?
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Because they think nobody travels without their own. And they are right.
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Old 08-21-2012, 06:03 AM
 
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Actually hotels in China do provide a small tube of toothpaste as well as toothbrushes for each guest.
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:46 AM
 
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Most hotels do have travel sizes of other toiletries available, including toothpaste, even if they don't provide them as part of their standard room set-up. If you're traveling and forgot your toothpaste it's worth calling the desk first.
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Actually hotels in China do provide a small tube of toothpaste as well as toothbrushes for each guest.

In Korea, staying in hotels that did not have private bathrooms, tthere was always a cup in the common bathroom with a bunch of toothbrushes in it, and I got the impression that you could just use one of them if you didn't have your own. I can't imagine that the guests would leave their own toothbrushes in the common cup.

Checking online, I found Chinese trading companies that supply such things. It costs a hotel less than 10-cents US to provide a free disposable toothbrush and tube of toothpaste, even with the hotel monogram on the product.

In China, toothpaste does not contain fluoride, so be sure to take along your own toothpaste if you are visiting China. It is probably fairly common in most third world countries for the local toothpaste to not contain fluoride, and of course the water doesn't either. It is my understanding that your teeth need fluoride regularly, and they become at risk very quickly in a short time without fluoride application.

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Old 08-21-2012, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pennsylvania / Dull Germany
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I think it is just because its not in the catalogue for hotel category ratings. Thus, the catalogue says a 4-Star hotel needs to have lotion, shampoo and conditioner but nothing about toothpaste, so companies simply don't need to buy it.

However there is toothpaste avaliable for free at many hotel chains at the reception, for example at Holiday-Inn Express. Once I got a whole set of a shaver, a toothpaste and some other things at check-in.
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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Most hotels do have travel sizes of other toiletries available, including toothpaste, even if they don't provide them as part of their standard room set-up. If you're traveling and forgot your toothpaste it's worth calling the desk first.
Exactly, the front desk will have most toilet items available.
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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What cracked me up at a hotel 6 months ago was that their shop sold miniature packets of painkillers like Tylenol or Aspirin BUT you needed a pair of scissors to get into the damn things! You couldn't tear them open with hands or teeth! But nobody travels with scissors any more and of course there weren't any in the room.
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