You know you’ve picked a first-rate hotel when you can’t stop obsessing over the little things, from the thread count of bed sheets, to the notepad paper stock, to the design of the logo.
So much so that you can’t help wanting some “souvenirs.” Forget those mini shampoo bottles—here are five hotels from Tokyo to Positano with the best ashtrays, stationery, and linens. Get your sticky fingers ready, and tell the housekeepers to hide the pens.
Once a palazzo that housed the Sersale family during the summer months, this legendary hotel on the Amalfi Coast is a destination unto itself. From the striking views to the majolica-tiled guest room—each furnished with antiques collected by family— the hotel seduces even the most discerning patron. Tempting as it may be to redecorate your entire home Sirenusean-style to commemorate an incredible hotel stay, opt for a less drastic option and snag one (ok, maybe two) of the hand-painted ashtrays situated on dressers or bedside tables. (It’s worth noting the ashtrays can also be purchased for €16.)
Among the chic gestures a party host could make, few top lighting your cigarette, cigar, or candle with matches from the Chateau. The logo, with its horned merrymaker, suggests illicit behavior, which raises automatic assumptions about the person who was clever enough to pocket the little pink matchbooks strewn about the famous—and infamous—hillside hotel.
When you sign your inevitably enormous bar tab at Mayfair’s storied hotel, know that it’s worth it, because the pen you take will serve as an impressive talking point with everyone else who “gets” London. Be advised: Common side effects include unprompted postcard writing, non-erasable crosswords attempts, and unfamiliar flourishes of penmanship in general.
Admittedly trickier to pilfer than a handful of matchbooks, the red and white Olatz bedding at the Bowery is instantly recognizable on the Instagram feeds of the glitterati—geotag not necessary. The bold red trim and crisp monogram somehow modernize the quaint elegance of each room, which explains how the Bowery’s beds came to be one of New York’s ultimate after-hours destinations. Don’t want to stuff a bunch of rumpled sheets into your carry-on (and incur a four-figure hotel charge)? Snag the friendly teddy bear with the bowler hat perched atop the bed instead.
If you’re receiving a spa treatment at this hotel, odds are you’re doing something right. So who are we to say it’s wrong if you sneak a cotton souvenir into your duffel? Wear it open over palazzo pants while hosting your next intimate (yet glamorous) dinner party or casually wrapped and knotted for a lazy Sunday. Rest assured there simply is no wrong way to wear this robe.