Do Hotels Have Irons? (What To Do If There Isn’t One)

If you don’t want to lug around a heavy iron when you travel, you might expect your hotel to provide one, but do all hotels have irons? And what to do if you find yourself in a hotel room without one?

Just as well, you decided to stop here then. Below you’ll find out if all hotels have irons, and if not, what are some alternatives to ironing your clothes when you’re on the go?

women Using an iron on a hotel room

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Do Hotels Have Irons?

Not all the hotel rooms have irons.

But most hotels have irons and ironing boards in every room that you can use for free.

Some of the hotels have irons available upon request at the time of check in.

But the best way to find out if your hotel has an iron is to check their website before you book, or call them before hand and get the accurate information.

Here’s a table for the iron availability on some popular hotel chains around the world including Marriott and Hilton hotels.

HotelsIron Availability
MarriottIn every room
HiltonIn every room
HyattIn every room
Holiday InnIn every room
Best WesternIn every room
RadissonIn every room
AccorUpon request
IbisUpon request
NovotelUpon request
MercureUpon request
Premier InnUpon request
TravelodgeUpon request
AirbnbVaries by host
This table is an overview of the availability of irons in different hotels and lodging options.

As you can notice, most of the major and luxury hotel chains provide irons in every room, or at least upon request.

If you’re staying at an Airbnb or in a hostel, the iron availability may vary depending on the amenities the host provide.

When booking on a third party website like or other websites you have the option to filter by hotels and hostels that have irons or other amenities.

Some budget hotels or hostels may not have irons at all, or charge extra fees for including them

Things to Know Before Using a Hotel Iron

Do Hotels Have Irons? (Quora)

I like to find more information on the internet and social media.

I found this answer by Immanuel, stating that there are irons and ironing boards in some hotels available upon request.

You just need to ask the reception, and they will bring the iron and the board to your room.

This is maybe because some hotels do not want to leave a clothing iron in the room for someone who doesn’t need it, or they have a limited number of them.

He didn’t brought anything about additional charges.

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Do Hotels Have Irons? And Is It a Good Idea To Use Hotel Irons? ( Reddit)

I also looked on Reddit and found this clever tip.

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Most hotel iron bottoms are stinky, so you should clean your iron by doing the first puffs of steam into a towel, instead of ironing your clothes with butter & bread crumbs.

That way, you can make sure your beloved t-shirt stays clean and doesn’t get any of that gunk on it.

Whenever you run into a problem in your hotel room, it’s a good idea to report it immediately to get the issue fixed quickly. And if you talk politely with the hotel staff, you might even get a little money back. Don’t expect your room to be free, but you could get a discount of $10 to $50. But remember, this works only with some hotels.


Can I Take Iron From a Hotel Room?

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No, it is not advised to take a hotel iron or any other items without permission as It will be considered stealing.

Even if it’s something small or old, don’t get yourself in that sticky situation.

Instead, consider purchasing an affordable iron from a local store or use the alternatives listed below, and save yourself from any trouble or inconvenience.

What To Use Instead Of a Hotel Iron?

If you find yourself in a hotel without an iron, don’t worry.

There are still some ways to get rid of those pesky wrinkles and creases without using a hotel iron.

Use a hair dryer:

You can find a hair dryer in most hotels and hair dryers are also lightweight and you can pack one in your suitcase without any issues.

They will work on wrinkled clothes perfectly because all that you need is to make your clothes dry.

Simply hang your clothes on a hanger or a door, and blast them with hot air from a hair dryer. 

Keep the hair dryer about 6 inches away from your cloth, and move it back and forth until you get rid of the wrinkles.

The time it will take you to make your cloth fully dry and remove the wrinkles will depend on the type of fabric and how thick it is.

Use a flat iron:

Curling Irons are also allowed on planes without any restrictions, so they are easy to travel with.

They are not only good for straightening your hair, but also for smoothing out your clothes. Just make sure to clean the plates before using them on your clothes, and adjust the temperature according to the fabric type.

Then, clamp the flat iron on the wrinkled areas and glide it along the fabric. This method works best on small areas such as collars, cuffs, or hems.

● Use a cloth steamer:

Most hotels have clothes steamers, or can buy a portable steamer that is specially designed for travel.

To use a steamer, fill it with water and plug it in. Then, hang your clothes on a hanger or a door knob, and hold the steamer about 6 inches away from the fabric. Move it up and down until the wrinkles disappear. This method works well on most fabrics, except for silk or leather.

Read also: Can You Bring a Steamer On a Plane?

Use a damp towel:

A damp towel can also help you get rid of wrinkles without using an iron. Simply wet a towel with warm water and wring it out.

Then, lay your clothes flat on a bed or a table, and place the damp towel over them. Press down firmly with your hands to smooth out the wrinkles. Then, remove the towel and let your clothes air dry.

This method works well on most fabrics, except for wool or cashmere.

Use a shower:

This may not be a practical tip but it still works.

A shower can act as a natural steamer for your clothes.

Simply hang your clothes on a hanger or a door knob in the bathroom, and turn on the hot water in the shower.

Close the door and let the steam fill up the room for about 15 minutes. Then, take out your clothes and shake them gently to remove any excess moisture.

This method will work for all fabrics, except for silk or leather.

Final Thoughts

To sum up, many hotel rooms have irons and ironing boards for you to use.

On budget hotels you might need to ask for an iron at the front desk.

Fancy hotels like Marriott or Hyatt and those focused on business travelers often have irons right in the rooms and some of them may even do the ironing thing for you.

If your hotel does not have an iron or you don’t want to use it there are many ways to deal with wrinkled clothes.

You can use a hair dryer, a flat iron, a steamer, a shower, or a damp towel to smooth out your clothes and look neat.

However, the best way to avoid wrinkles is to pack your clothes properly in the first place.

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I hope this helps

Happy travels

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