The Hudson Wins the Hotel Gift Shop War With Its 'Semi-Automatic' Weapon
A few months back it looked like there was a burgeoning hotel gift shop war going on between some downtown hotels. But we think that might all come to an end thanks to the Hudson Hotel, which just installed a Semi-Automatic Vending Machine in their hotel lobby.
This oversized luxury vending machine is akin to the one we wrote about at the Mondrian South Beach last year. The goodies are divided into the following categories--Basics, Media, Fashion, Beauty, and GoFish. The machine functions by a touch-operated screen and it only takes credit cards. But that's probably because this gift shop was not built for cash transactions. Instead of candy, keychains and toothpaste, you can find the following inside the Semi-Automatic Vending Machine:
Classic paperback Catcher in the Rye, a stylish toothbrush by Paul Smith, a retro Ouija Board, a luxe Dagger Rosary by renowned jewelry designer Pamela Love, an Essential Travel Kit by Malin+ Goetz, a chic black sequin mini skirt by Haute Hippie, Blueprint Cleanse, a red Ferrari 599 GTB that you can rent on a whim from Gotham Dream Cars, and a personal portrait shoot with renowned photographer Ben Watts.
The hotel promises that everyday toiletries are also available starting at $4 but the big ticket items (which you sign and pay for at the front desk) start at $8,000 for the photoshoot and $10,000 for the one-week Ferrari rental.
You can even spring for a stay at the Hudson's sister hotel in Boston, The Ames, for $4,500 which includes a two-night stay, dinner for two at Woodward, a special welcome amenity and a curated itinerary from UrbanDaddy. Or you could just lock yourself in your hotel room with a pair of gold-plated handcuffs from Kiki De Montparnasse ($350.) There's not much room to move around in those hotel rooms anyways.