Desperately Seeking the Scent of W Hotels, Can You Help?
Something smells good at the W Montreal and apparently at the other W Hotels as well.
A few years ago, one of the must-have trends that emerged for hotels, especially chain hotels, was the signature Hotel Scent.
These are powerful, carefully selected smells that waft through the lobby, "greeting" you at check-in and sometimes, following you all the way up to your room. They are all supposed to enhance your hotel experience as well as give you a strong olfactory reminder of your stay. So that whenever you smell a similar smell, you will be reminded of that hotel. (Tricky!)
Some of our fave scents include the jasmine scent at The Palazzo, the white green tea scent at Westin Hotels and the floral perfume that permeates throughout the Le Meurice in Paris.
But we weren't aware that W Hotels had their own scent until a very concerned reader wrote into to us. Here's what he asked:
All W hotels smell the same. What is that scent?! I need it for my house.
I know that the scent is NOT the smell of the candles that are available in the W hotel store -- I already blew 40 bucks to learn that. I recently asked the front desk agent at a W and she informed me that the smell is "proprietary" and that I can't purchase it anywhere. When I asked for the manufacturer name, she said "I could tell you, but if you contact them they won't sell you any!"
Then, I figured one of the housekeeping employees could slip me some. When I asked, she went into her closet and pulled out some smoke deodorizer that smelled like pine. No dice. At this point, the chase is more important than the prize. Help!
We've put in the question to W Hotels but if this is indeed a proprietary scent, we're not expecting much of an answer. However, we know you hotel insiders might be able to help out our desperate friend and the rest of us as well. What is this smell? Wheatgrass? Something more floral or relaxing? And where can we buy it?
Got an inside tip on what that smell is at W hotels and where we can get it? Spill it to us in comments below or send us an email. (Anonymity Assured.)