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Luxury Trappings of No Interest

Old Jan 25, 18, 6:19 pm
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Originally Posted by bhrubin View Post


i LOVE a phone in the bathroom...for those inevitable instances when a call comes in when Iím so indisposed. For me, to quote a great line in Alien versus Predator: ďSame principle as a condom. I'd rather have one and not need it, than need it and not have one.Ē
Agreed. On a recent business trip staying at the Rosewood in Abu Dhabi the butler returned with my shoes polished for the next day. I was in the bathroom and so had put on my DND. Seeing that DND was on and knowing I needed them he then rang the phone (I didnít put a DND on there) and I was able to speak with him using the phone in there. Now I understand the point of them!
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Old Jan 25, 18, 7:43 pm
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i am probably weird here, but my luxury trappings of interest: guests-only, few rooms, large scale. and that is pretty much it. would be extremely expensive & difficult in cities, but i am much more interested in outside of cities. no signing is also fantastic vs dealing with each bill, as an example of service vs hard product.

hassles (not luxury) to get relatively/practically negligible credits via agent is of no interest to me.

jonjparr, did you ask duty manager if they re-used toiletries between guests? unfortunate when i recall an old story from Lanesborough GM/etc talking about how they replaced a guest's article of clothing (without needing to inform them) after a laundry mishap. think some here said amazing service during rosewood's golden era.

Originally Posted by Often1 View Post
Luxury properties do not display "for sale" mini-bar items in the room...it is not a luxury property.
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I do not like it when “mini bar” items are displayed...Four Seasons often does this.
one of the minibar items ive seen displayed was a half bottle of louis xiii
most things are 'displayed' and 'chargeable' by default, except toiletries

Originally Posted by Pausanias View Post
I have absolutely zero interest in fruit bowls, cookies, chocolates etc and always ask for them to be removed.

I like the espresso machines but usually fail to make them work. I dislike the idea of a hotel feeling too snooty to offer a more humble tea & coffee set-up.
wonder re cleanliness of espresso machines
LMO having amenity refrigerator is impressive

Originally Posted by mike_la_jolla View Post
I had this exact problem at the Le Maurice Paris. A bottle of red wine, with glasses, was placed directly on the welcome note from the GM. We drank the bottle assuming it was a gift from the GM, only to find that the hotel charged us for the wine. I threw a fit
wonder if charge was mistake, regardless of what staff said

some of the issues raised above involve procedural difficulties and lack of flexibility (because of them)
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Old Jan 25, 18, 9:12 pm
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On the mark, bhrubin. Until my two sojourns at Las Ventanas al Paraiso last year, I could not imagine using the unpacking/packing service. I now hold it dear.

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Absolutely. Any St Regis butler can do this. I know of several from different properties who’ve told me of guests asking them to do exactly as you prefer. All St Regis butlers provide packing and unpacking services, so what you propose is just half of the packing!

Most butlers in other hotels likely could do this, as well, probably for a fee or for an appropriate tip of normally they do not provide packing or unpacking services already. I’d guess that our butler at the Imperial Vienna gladly would have done this had I asked. I’d also guess that the villa butlers at Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Cabo also easily would be able to do this. Wouldn’t you agree, @KatW?

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Old Jan 25, 18, 11:24 pm
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Originally Posted by luxtrvlwrks View Post
No interest: pillow menus, soap menus, scent menus, tech loaners, preloaded iPods, "dumb" iPads, online periodical access, bath butlers, fruit, ice, refillable glass water bottles, cotton balls, fake magazines

Interest: sunglass cleaning wipes and other little thoughtful amenities, non-food turndown gifts, an app that I can put on my device to order room service / communicate with the hotel, fireplace butlers, adapters, a router just for my room, real magazines, a property map
I'm just wondering what a fake magazine could be?
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Old Jan 25, 18, 11:59 pm
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The pillow menu seems silly, but since I sleep on a buckwheat pillow at home, it is a real luxury to be able to have that when I’m traveling as well. It makes a huge difference to me. Unfortunately, I can count the properties I’ve visited that offer such pillows on one hand.

(And no, while it does make a difference, it’s not a big enough difference to bother with lugging my ridiculously heavy pillow from home)
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Old Jan 26, 18, 2:41 am
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I am not fussed by a turn down service that puts a mat with slippers on it beside my bed. I do,like a showercap though.
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Old Jan 26, 18, 3:18 am
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Originally Posted by Kagehitokiri View Post
jonjparr, did you ask duty manager if they re-used toiletries between guests?
Regrettably I didnít ask that question Kage but I think the insinuation was that because there was a pump on top to dispense the shampoo etc that I should have known I wasnít supposed to take it. The hotel would likely not admit it but they are clearly recycling toiletries between guests. Theyíre just refilled like a Premier Inn 😮
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Old Jan 26, 18, 4:36 am
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Originally Posted by jonjparr View Post


Regrettably I didnít ask that question Kage but I think the insinuation was that because there was a pump on top to dispense the shampoo etc that I should have known I wasnít supposed to take it. The hotel would likely not admit it but they are clearly recycling toiletries between guests. Theyíre just refilled like a Premier Inn 😮
OMG. That takes them down many notches in my book. Plenty of luxury hotels give full sized amenites and don't ask for them back.
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Old Jan 26, 18, 5:51 am
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OMG. That takes them down many notches in my book. Plenty of luxury hotels give full sized amenites and don't ask for them back.
Precisely and that was my argument entirely. It is not uncommon for a luxury hotel to provide full size amenities at all and Iíve never, ever been charged for taking them to enjoy at home apart from of course The Lanesborough. Having said all this Iím planning a return trip at the moment. I need a refill. 😂
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Old Jan 26, 18, 6:16 am
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Precisely and that was my argument entirely. It is not uncommon for a luxury hotel to provide full size amenities at all and Iíve never, ever been charged for taking them to enjoy at home apart from of course The Lanesborough. Having said all this Iím planning a return trip at the moment. I need a refill. 😂

I wonder if they have the audacity to automatically charge them to your bill? 😂😂
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Old Jan 26, 18, 6:34 am
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Originally Posted by Aventine View Post
I'm just wondering what a fake magazine could be?
The magazines that are essentially ads, either for the hotel chain / marketing company or the destination. As opposed to hotels that provide you with magazines like Vogue, Travel + Leisure, etc.
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Old Jan 26, 18, 6:53 am
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Originally Posted by luxtrvlwrks View Post
The magazines that are essentially ads, either for the hotel chain / marketing company or the destination. As opposed to hotels that provide you with magazines like Vogue, Travel + Leisure, etc.
I get you on that one now.
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Old Jan 26, 18, 9:46 am
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possibly related re luxury and trappings and interests : some here do many different types of properties/accommodations. some only do cities, or only outside cities. some stick with big box luxury chain hotels rather than more independent type properties that may be missing some of the usual things on various checklists. (even when many things / trappings on checklist are of no interest.)

after staying in some properties that bear little to no resemblance to hotels, let alone big box chain hotels, my interests and concept of luxury trappings changed dramatically. the extremely rare good butler arrangement (somewhat noted upthread) and amanresorts at its best are the only two examples that immediately come to my mind in terms of (most) frequently being mentioned here as causing similar re-evaluation of luxury trappings. although with property preferences, african wildlife safaris may also often lead to shifting future travel budget to more of them rather than more of the usual.

many replies here specified city (box) hotels, for example for room escort. a number of things apply mostly if not exclusively in such properties, which almost certainly represent majority of luxury properties.
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Old Jan 26, 18, 3:20 pm
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... - Just HATE when the maid braids my charging cables. This is not helpful.
This. Most of the rest are in the category of silly & as the many messages show, de gustibus non disputandum est (but could I be friends with somebody who liked the little border cloths they put at the end of beds?).
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Old Jan 26, 18, 11:43 pm
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I also dislike returning to your room at night to find that housekeeping has switched it on and have it playing music or the hotel's own channel.
This. Especially when it's the hotel's channel. Not how I want to be 'welcomed home.'

And mostly, butler's. Maybe we have not had a great one yet but in general I have found them to be useless and cloying. The kids have enjoyed it but I prefer to just put up the DND and be left alone for the duration.
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