Hotel Amenities: The craziest amenities hotels offer
By: Alexandra Mundlak
Most hotels have certain amenities, some of which could be considered pretty standard, including rooftop pools, maybe even a rooftop bar, twenty-four hour room service, spas, a fitness center with perhaps a great gym – just to name a few. The amenities hotels have are what make them popular, or well known, and there are a select few hotels out there that have particularly extravagant amenities that set them apart from the rest of the typical hotels guests like you and I choose to stay at.
For starters, at The Lodge at Sea Island in Georgia, there’s a Tie Butler – yes, it is just what it sounds like – in which this Tie Butler brings the guest a selection of ties from the brand Peter Millar, along with advice for tying – in case you wanted to choose from classic or exotic knotting. Guests are also able to purchase the tie or ties if they’d like to at the starting price of $115.
In the Wild Dunes Resort in South Carolina, one is able to hire a best man! Just like in the movie “The Wedding Ringer”, one is literally able to rent a best man for their wedding day, or for as long as they would like – with the “best man’s” consent, of course! If this is the case and you’d like to hire this so called best man for your big day, he would charge you $150 for an hour, $650 for half a day, $1,000 for a full day, and $2,000 for a full weekend.”
If you stay at The Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans and wake up with a horrible hangover one – or more – of the days during your stay, the concierge that specializes in this, called the recovery concierge, will bring you a kit that includes a Gatorade, water, and snacks for just $35 to try and help you recover from your wild night out.
In Florence, Italy at the Il Salviatino, upon your stay you are able to request “a private bath filled to the brim with Prosecco, Spumante, or French Champagne.” If a tub filled with champagne wasn’t enough for you, you’re able to request an additional bottle for drinking. The whole service starts at $10,000, all depending on the champagne you choose to bathe in and sip on while doing so.
At the Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg, Ireland, you’re able to request, for just $100, a genealogist to look at your family’s history, if you’d like, of course. In short, a genealogist is someone who traces your family’s history to show your family’s descent. The way it works is that you request the genealogist when you book the hotel and fill out some necessary information for the genealogist to be able to do their job. After the whole process, they’ll even help you go back to your lineal home.
This is for all the runners out there: in many Westin Hotels, there are dedicated Running Concierges which create runs for guests, recommend the best running routes in the area, plan out healthy meals for them, and prepare them for races! So, rather than gaining weight on vacation, you’re doing the opposite all while relaxing!
In case you weren’t able to do this on your own, in The Ritz-Carlton in South Beach, Miami, Florida, there’s a Tanning Butler who is literally responsible for keeping you covered in sunscreen or oil (that being up to you) and letting you know when it’s time to flip to make sure your tan comes out perfect! Having someone telling me when to flip sounds like more of an annoyance than anything!
The Dorsett Mongkok in Hong Kong provides you with your own cell phone so that you don’t have to worry about data roaming or spending a lot of money on a silly, international plan prior to traveling. The cell phone they give the guest come with “unlimited 3G data, free local calls and free international calls to Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.”
At the Kimpton Hotels located in thirty cities throughout the United States, you’re allowed to request a pet goldfish to accompany you during your stay through the ‘Guppy Love’ program. It obviously isn’t mandatory to do so, but if you’d like to, your child, or yourself may ask for one at the front desk, whether upon arrival or while booking the hotel. No need to worry about being responsible for the fish’s well-being, though, because the hotel’s staff will feed and care for the fish so the guests don’t have to.
Amenities for Dogs
In Seattle, Washington, at the Hotel Max, you and your dog are equal. Just as there are amenities for human beings, there are also for dogs, some of which include “pet beds, food and water bowls, toys and treats, and pet room service.” It doesn’t end there, though, because the hotel offers a spiritual menu you’re able to look through in order to find books that cover the subjects of “dog massage and pet psychology.”
In Fiji’s Namale Resort and Spa, at some point during every guest’s stay they are kidnapped with their significant other, or the person they have come with to stay at the resort, and “taken to a surprise location for a private four-course picnic”, meaning, they don’t know when it’ll happen, how it’ll happen, or where they’re going to be taken, so I wonder how relaxing that can actually be…
Pillow Fight Package
In case you didn’t know how a pillow fight worked, at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach in Florida, one is able to order a ‘Family Pillow Fight Package’ “which includes thirty silk pillows, two sets of boxing gloves, and instructions for various pillow-based games.” Now, you can take down any one of your family members in one of your pillow fights since you know all the pillow-based games and have all the tools to do so.
At the Benjamin Hotel in New York, there’s a sleep concierge which essentially helps the guests that are lacking sleep by recommending certain pillows (after choosing from a selection in the pillow menu, of course), and assessing the guest’s sleeping habits. If the guest wants, they’re also able to “arrange a sleep-inducing massage at the hotel’s beauty salon or provide night time snacks meant to help you sleep better.”
In case you forgot your perfume or cologne at home, or if airport security took it away from you because it exceeded the fluid ounce criterion, not to worry, at some Rosewood owned Hotels including Vancouver’s Hotel Georgia. You’re able to call the concierge and ask for the fragrance butler to be sent to your room, and the fragrance butler will come upon request with a selection of multiple perfumes or colognes for both women and men.
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