I'm not particularly sure why I didn't bother to bring shampoo, conditioner or shower gel to save some weight and space, yet bothered to stuff bears into the suitcase. I suppose they act as a good layer of cushioning, sometimes. Very squishable these animals are.
I've a very strange habit of bringing a bear along wherever I travel to. It keeps me company, kinda. It doesn't whine, doesn't talk back (not really), doesn't fuss and doesn't need much attention. The best part, housekeepers have taken to placing my bears in all sorts of cute positions. Sometimes, when I come back to the room at night after the turn-down service, I find additional furry friends sitting with my bears. Some of housekeepers really have a good sense of humor.
On this trip, apples were left on the study table to greet me upon check-in. On the second night, this bear was positioned in bed with the apples next to him. The tray of apples was placed on a tiny colored silk napkin actually, along with a little tube of chocolates which wasn't featured in this photo because I had already torn the wrapping and ate up the contents. I was extremely tickled and wrote a note of thanks to Housekeeping.
Often, these are the little gestures that will make me a loyal fan of a certain hotel. Over the years, there're many I've come to prefer, simply because they've not just given me wonderful rates, but also a good standard of hygiene and most importantly, exemplary service.