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Beyond Turndown Service: These Hotels Kick Perks Up A Notch

November 2, 2012 at 2:29 PM | by | ()

We know it pays off to stick with one or two hotel chains to accrue points for higher level of perks when checking-in. It doesn't just make us feel appreciated, these little details makes us feel like a baller when we get an upgraded room, free breakfast or even a later check-out.

Hotels know their 'bread and butter' are travelers who don't think twice about staying at different brands or pick their travel destination based on where their favorite hotels have properties. So, cater to them, some hoteliers have come up with unique perks to keep their most loyal customers.

Late arriving flights are no longer an issue for road warriors racking up 75 or more nights per year at Starwood properties. These platinum guests have to option of picking their check-in and check-out times ultimately reserving a hotel room for 24 hours. So, if you arrive at 9pm that means that check-out isn't until 9pm the next day. Sweet!

Australian hotel brand, Stamford Hotels has taken the high-tech road by created a mobile application for guests to 'jump the queue' for any requests after check-in. The application is like a mobile concierge to arrange for dinner reservations, room service to the room, wake-up calls and any messages for the room. Although not too creatively named, iGuest even provides info on the local area's restaurants and attractions.

Taking the perks to the next level, Pullman Auckland will pick you up from the airport in a car and take care of everything else. While making your way from the airport to the hotel, you will be checked-in and issued your room key, effectively bypassing reception desk entirely and heading straight to your room. Hopefully this catches on around the world, and we already mentioned earlier that check-in desks may eventually phase out for good.

Not going to lie, we're fans of free stuff and with these perks, a free newspaper or the 12pm check-out seems a little on the stingy side. We're not recommending to get rid of these little details, it's just nice to feel a bit more appreciated.

[Photo: Rayme Gorniak/HotelChatter]

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