Hotels are upping their amenities game with outrageous exclusives like truffle hunting, fireplace butlers and Fender guitar rentals.
Now that it’s not so strange for hotels to offer a complimentary pet goldfish at check-in, properties are trying to stand out even more in a sea of exclusive amenities. Here are twelve outrageous and luxurious ways hotels are trying to win customers.
Forget standard hotel room soaps. The Viceroy Riviera Maya throws out standard options and instead treats guests to a personal soap concierge. Once checked in, the concierge escorts guests to their room and presents the soap menu, slicing their choices off from large locally made blocks.
The Drake Hotel in Toronto encourages guests to get intimate with an extensive pleasure menu. For a fee, feisty couples can order salacious extras like a pleasure feather, blindfold, bondage tape and more. Because nothing says romance like a 24-karat gold-plated “massage device.”
Hard Rock Hotels takes music to a whole new level and lets guests rent Fender guitars to rock out on during their stay. A $1,000 deposit will get a choice of twenty Fender electrics, headphones, an amp and access to in-room video lessons. Turntables are available for DJ masters, too.
Join in the musical revolution at the Ace Hotel in New York City. The property strives to be a cultural center for the city and does so by including a love of archaic music equipment. Most rooms at the hotel come stocked with a turntable and records.
What’s more relaxing than a hot bath full of lemon and sage toiletries? Enjoying the lingering steam while suspended over the tub in a silky hammock at the W Hotel Mexico City.
Cigar Rolling Class
There’s nothing quite like aromatic cigar smoke wafting through the air to celebrate a job well done — which is exactly what will happen at the Graycliff Hotel in Nassau. Guests can take a cigar rolling lesson at the hotel-owned Graycliff Cigar Company and leave with their cigar, a second complimentary one and a free cigar cutter.
Just like in those movies where royalty has someone draw a bath for them, the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common offers guests the services of a bath butler. A full menu of bathing options include the Boston Tea Party Bath (a cup of tea and lavender infused water) and the Isn’t It Romantic Bath (champagne, roses, strawberries and a bubble bath).
Ancestors are calling from the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland. Some may vacation to get away from family, but here, family can be brought closer. The hotel offers a genealogy service to trace guests’ Irish roots.
Going to the Ritz-Carlton Chicago is like putting a kid in a candy store — possibly because of the hotel’s dedicated candy man. Between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. every day, a traveling candy cart rolls down the halls, pushed by a guy in red and white Waldo stripes, on its way to appointments delivering candy to hungry sugar fiends.
Every casita room at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado in Santa Fe, New Mexico, comes equipped with a wood-burning fireplace — and a fireplace butler. At the touch of a button, a flannel-clad outdoorsman will arrive to stoke the fire. And he comes bearing gifts: hot chocolate or cider, and a snack menu.
Everything at Las Ventanas
Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Los Cabos is the apex of hotel amenities. Yes, there’s a complimentary in-room tequila welcome. But there’s also personalized sewing kits based on guest clothing observations, a bed sheet menu, an aromatherapy turn-down service, a dinner and bath menu (order both and a bath is drawn for after dinner), and an option for a special take-away meal for the flight home. Ah, the life of luxury.
Truffle expert Eric Jaumard makes an appearance every autumn at the Hotel Crillon le Brave in Provence, where he leads guests on a three-day truffle hunting excursion. The package also includes a truffle cooking demonstration, a winery visit and an antique market.
[Photos: Viceroy Hotels & Resorts; Hard Rock Hotels; Graycliff Hotel; Ritz-Carlton Chicago]