I've encountered them in most hotels but I can't figure out what they are for. Some are even mounted on the walls. What are they?

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    The main benefit of placing your luggage on this is so that you can then check the hotel room for bedbugs before spreading your clothes/luggage around. You should a check for bedbugs and if any are found, you can get a new room most likely. Using this "table", you can be sure that your luggage will not be contaminated during the check. Sure, for a certain size bag, having it open there might be convenient, but that is not the main reason in my opinion. – Plebala Feb 11 at 10:47
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    What's the name of this thing in English? – Grzegorz Oledzki Feb 11 at 10:55
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    I love this question. I have always thought I am the only person in the world who has no idea how to use those things. – vojta Feb 11 at 12:08
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    @GrzegorzOledzki: "Luggage rack". – Schmuddi Feb 11 at 13:30
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    @GrzegorzOledzki you may also hear it called a "luggage valet" or "suitcase valet" – Dancrumb Feb 11 at 16:28

These are for placing your luggage (presumably a suitcase) on. Easier to reach than if it's on the floor and you won't have to put it on the bed.

Suitcase on a rack

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    I have a couple of them in my home, for when I am packing and unpacking. They hold a suitcase at a convenient height, and fold up when not in use. – Patricia Shanahan Feb 10 at 21:12
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    Not just suitcases, for lump travel bags they work wonders as well. I always suspected the idea comes from a cleaning lady, now they can still vacuum while your bag doesn't have to be moved. It also increases the chances of keeping the bag clean. – Mast Feb 11 at 8:59
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    Suitcases are kind of rough on furniture... you don't really want a traveler throwing them on your tables and desk, especially the nicer ones with glass or nice wood finish. The ground is dirty, and the bed is going to get dirty. These things are cheap, doesn't take up space, and protects the hotel furniture and gives you easy access to the contents. – Nelson Feb 13 at 12:52
  • It'd be good if this answer actually says what it is, not just what it's for. – pacoverflow Feb 13 at 17:04
  • @pacoverflow Well I don't have a clue what it's called and actually the first time I encountered this was puzzled as well. Hey, it's a stand to put your bags on instead of on the bed. – Paul Palmpje Feb 13 at 20:06

As mentioned, they are for luggage. They are also typically required to receive a certain star rating by the different companies that release star ratings. For example, the catalogue of criteria for Hotelstars has item 115 for "Adequate place or rack to put the luggage/suitcase", which is required for 3-star ratings and above. If this wasn't included in each room then the hotel might get a lower number of stars.

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    @Melebius: I find it useful when answers that offer supplemental information demonstrate awareness of other answers, so as to help highlight what it is that they offer that other answers don't. – supercat Feb 13 at 6:12
  • @CGCampbell I referred to the first sentence of the original answer, not the current state. – Melebius Feb 13 at 21:00

As far as I know, this is designed so that you can put your suitcase or bag on it while you take things in or out of it.

This makes it a lot more practical than on the floor, and compared to laying your suitcase or bag on a bed, it has the advantage of not risking dirtying the bed, and being able to keep it there even when you use the bed.

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  • Also a good harbour for bed bugs from the last people‚Äôs luggage. :( – dragonspeed Feb 11 at 4:17
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    Harder to climb for bedbugs than luggage on the floor though, so it all evens out. – Simon Richter Feb 11 at 8:18
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    @dragonspeed Not really, compared to the carpet, the mattress, the pillows, the duvet... – Graham Feb 11 at 9:53
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    @Graham I saw it in 60 minutes once and here is an online article stating best place is in bathtub! apartmenttherapy.com/suitcase-hotel-bathroom-36634785 – dragonspeed Feb 11 at 13:44

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