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The Best Free Hotel Amenities: Tipples and Technology

June 15, 2012 at 11:35 AM | by | ()

These days, amenities can make the difference between booking one hotel and kicking another to the curb. So, properties are upping their A-game. The latest trend? Wooing potential guests with two sure-fire hits: booze and technology. These hotels have got it right with these tasty and techy treats.

The Opus Vancouver goes a step beyond just offering in-room iPads. Guests are actually allowed to take those iPads anywhere off property, since the devices are equipped with GPS. Plus, customers will save money by avoiding international data charges if they forward their calls to the iPad and check emails there instead of on their smartphones. Genius!

Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco in Chicago has a new free wine and beer hour plus entertainment like cocktail making demos. So while you're sipping your Chardonnay, a magician may make it disappear (or you're just sipping too fast).

The Little Divas Suite at San Francisco's Hotel Diva is made for families and comes with a free Wii, karaoke machine, and Mac computer. Plus, there’s free sake served nightly in the lobby for the grown-ups looking to escape another round of Wii Sports.

Bangkok's tiny, six-room Seven Hotel issues free cell phones to guests who are nervous about getting lost in the big city. Each phone is pre-loaded with the hotel's contact info as well as recommended restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Greenwich's new J House has in-room iPads that control everything from the solar-paneled shades to the room temperature. When you come in, it already has your name and a big welcome message,so they know who's got it.

New York's Gansevoort Park Avenue has Mophie juicepack chargers available in the minibar. For a $25 deposit, guests can borrow them during their stay and never have to worry about dead batteries while they explore the city.

Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos has updated its popular poolside “Hot Type” service (new books on manuscript). The books are now on sleek iPads. It kinda takes away from that gleeful feeling of reading a hot-off-the-press tome, but we're not mad at anyone keeping up with the times. Plus, we're easily comforted by the free in-room bottle of tequila!

[Photo: Opus Vancouver]

Archived Comments:

It's the little extras that count

Personally, I am completely swayed by these kinds of details. It's the quirky things that really stand out in your mind and make you remember the place. I found a place in Scotland where you could order a comedian on room service. Now that is unique:

<a href="http://en.blog.vihotel.net/comedy-to-order/">http://en.blog.vihotel.net/comedy-to-order/</a>

Hotel Tech Under Attack?

As hotels find new & innovative ways to attract guests, their efforts can come under fire from other technologies. For instance, I just read the Hotel Chatter article on germs in the room citing the remote control as being one of he offending items that can be avoided with the use of mobile apps. But these apps bring other technologies in to the hotel room such as Internet Access, Entertainment, Communications, Gaming & More. Maybe Hotels can start to look at mobile apps as a cheaper method of introducing innovation to their product line? http://www.powderwhite.com/blog

Forgot to mention

..the Embassy Suites (especially the one in San Antonio) has a free daily manager's happy hour as well. Drinks and vittles! The line gets long though, so go early!