Towel Re-Use: Do You or Don’t You?

Re-using hotels towels is a frequent topic of conversation amongst traveling friends. What gets us started on this topic is usually the issue of someone who tries to re-use towels by hanging them over the shower rod in their effort towards water conservation but the maids replace them with fresh towels anyway. One friend hides the towels on a hanger in the closet just to try to save them from being replaced!

Do you re-use hotel towels for a 2nd day?

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  1. I normally use them twice, not more because in hotel there is normally no way to dry them.
    But if the maids go ahead and replace them everyday (which I assume is easier for them, they just have to grab all towels and throw them in the bin), I don’t really give 2 thoughts about it.

  2. At Starwood Hotels, you can opt to “Go Green” and not have any room service in exchange for either a $5 credit or 500 points per day (excluding the last night, after which they obiously clean your room). When I am in one place for 4-5 days, I definitely take the valuable points and rack up free hotel nights just from not having towels replaced and my bed made. Everyone wins!

  3. I look at it this way. I am on vacation. I pay dearly for my hotel – the bulk of my travel costs. I am using extra towels. They are not free but built into the price of the room.

  4. Happy to reuse IF the towel dries. Rooms in humid locales combined with inadequate towel bar space means constantly damp towels.

  5. I always hang the towels for re-use. And sometimes (only sometimes) they remain unchanged as promised by the hotel.
    I like the “go green” option at Starwood hotels. This increases the chance that your intention of reusing towels is recognized.
    Though during my last stay at a Westin it happened that I got the bonus points but the room was serviced anyway …

  6. I will reuse them only if the hotel provides adequate drying space. Very few hotels, even those wanting to be green have enough drying space for towels used by 2 adult guests.

  7. Good point Mary. I tend to re-use towels when traveling by myself because I hang them over the shower rod, but if my husband is with me I almost never re-use towels due to space to dry.

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