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Why Don’t Hotels Give You Toothpaste?

by SharonKurheg

Regardless of what hotel you visit in the U.S., you can be sure you’ll get a small handful of amenities – soap and shampoo for sure, and possibly even lotion. Even when hotels have switched from single-size bottles to larger, refillable ones to save the environment (and themselves a ton of money), they didn’t cut any of the three out.

If you stay at a super duper fancy place, you may get a few other amenities such as a sewing kit, comb, nail file, mouthwash, shoehorn, etc. But as much of an essential as toothpaste may be considered, and as much as you may forget to bring it as much as you might your soap, hotels rarely, if ever have it available.

Ever wonder why? Turns out there are a few reasons…

It costs too much

Hotel owners will cut corners wherever they can – guests are encouraged to reuse towels in the name of the environment (which I get and don’t have a problem with – but that it costs them less to wash fewer towels is not lost on anyone), blankets, mattress pads, etc. are rarely washed, and even housekeeping services themselves have oftentimes been cut.

Oral hygiene products cost more per ounce than toiletries. So with a budget of “X,” there’s not enough for toothpaste.

It’s not sexy enough

Higher end hotels have more budget – those are the places you’ll see the sewing kits and the like. However, clients of those higher end hotels are looking for higher end products. There really aren’t any higher end brands of toothpaste; rich people use Crest and Colgate, just like us commoners. So hoteliers of luxury hotels just don’t include them.

They’re not expected to

How many people go down to the front desk and ask if they have toothpaste? Not many. If people don’t ask for toothpaste en masse (like they would if there was no soap in the room – because it’s expected), hotels aren’t going to make it available.

They don’t need to

Although online ratings count too, hotels, especially luxury level ones, aspire to have/maintain a certain number of stars from rating powerhouses. A 2013 report from Slate said that, to get AAA diamonds:

  • one-diamond establishments must stock two small bars of soap
  • two-diamond places need to have two slightly larger bars of soap, plus one packet or bottled item
  • three, four, and five diamond hotels are expected to provide even larger soaps and ever-widening apothecaries of creams, lotions, and gels.

None of them are required to include toothpaste in the room.

Never say never!

By the way, never say never – certain brands of Hyatt hotels, such as Hyatt Place, do offer Aquafresh toothpaste. Some Kimptons also have small toothpaste (and toothbrushes!), for the asking. But they are the few exceptions in the U.S.

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5 comments

derek January 24, 2022 - 7:32 pm

The problem if hotels have toothpaste is they’ll use a made up fancy brand, like Royal Jetstar, but it’s made in India or made in the People’s Republic of China causing kidney failure (not to be confused with quality products made in the Republic of China / Taiwan).

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Sammy January 24, 2022 - 7:58 pm

While not automatically in the room, I’ve had no issue getting toothpaste and a toothbrush on request at various Marriott properties in the US.

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Jack January 24, 2022 - 10:42 pm

agree with Sammy – Just ask for a dental kit…. Also in Asia most Intercontinentals provide toothpaste and toothbrush

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DaninMCI January 25, 2022 - 6:22 am

It’s not as common but many hotels do offer mouthwash and toothpaste in the room. Most will provide it at the desk if you ask. I’ve noticed that many low end hotels that are installing the prison like bulk dispensers are doing away with lotion and many are doing away with bar soap.

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MR. XI January 27, 2022 - 12:47 am

Not rich here, but I certainly don’t use crap like Crest or Colgate.

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