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7 Cool New Things We've Seen at Hotels This Year (So Far)

May 20, 2014 at 1:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

We're pretty jaded folk here at HotelChatter. There's not much that we haven't seen already when it comes to amenities and services. But lately, hotels have been killing it, rolling out novel or useful or just plain fun goodies that hotel guests of all tax brackets can enjoy. Naturally, we thought it was worth a round-up. Now presenting...

7 Cool New Things We've Seen at Hotels This Year (So Far)

1. A Light in the Toilet Bowl

We called this the "manliest bathroom amenity ever" when we spotted it at The Landing Hotel in South Lake Tahoe, because it ensures that men will always have the correct aim in the middle of the night.

2. Drone Room Service

High-paying guests at The Casa Madrona in Sausalito, Calif. can (and should) have their pricey picks of champagne delivered by state of the art, remote-controlled, octo-copter drones from the hotel's wine cellar to an outdoor deck of the hotel's exclusive Mansion suite.

3. USB Ports in The Room Telephone

We've seen USB ports near the bed or on the nightstand but never have we've seen them IN THE PHONE until we took a tour of the Delano Las Vegas, opening in September. Now you don't have to get out of bed to drunk sext check your email.

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The Mark Hotel Has Clever New Illustrations on Their Toiletry Bottles

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  Site Where: 25 E. 77th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
May 15, 2014 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Mark Hotel on Manhattan's Upper East Side, is nothing but consistently stylish from their timeless black and white decor to their guests, both big and small.

So when it came to introduce a new line of bathroom amenities, the hotel had to go beyond the bland, diminutive plastic bottle. Instead, they collaborated with branding expert Richard Pandsicio and French illustrator Jean Philippe Delhomme, who've done a couple of other cheeky branding and caricature projects for the hotel from the website to hotel stationary and adverts.

But while you may not think much of the stationary stashed in a drawer, you will certainly notice the illustrations on the toiletry bottles which include a topless lady combing her hair (conditioner) and a man reading the paper in the bathtub (body wash.) And what's inside the bottles are note-worthy too as the products come from La Bottega, an Italian manufacturer.

Rates at The Mark start at $745 a night this weekend for a superior courtyard view room. We say grab all the toiletry bottles you can on your stay!

[Photo: The Mark]

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5 Awesome Room Amenities at the Revamped Peninsula Kong Kong

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  Site Where: Salisbury Road, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
May 14, 2014 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

We knew Peninsula Hotels was spending some serious money to refresh its Hong Kong flagship, and that lovers of tech would be well looked after. Having just stopped by the hotel, we now know what those proprietary bedside tablets look like in their natural environment, and spotted a number of other cool room amenities – including the futuristic-looking thing above.

We honestly had no clue what it was, but in this case we’re not the target audience. Ladies, any guesses? Read on to find out.

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This Safari Camp Amenity Should Be Used Everywhere in the Winter, Don't You Think?

Where: Kenya
May 7, 2014 at 2:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

During our trip to Kenya, we stayed in a variety of safari camps in the Masai Mara, Laikipia, and Nairobi reserves. As you'll see next week when we begin to highlight them, each camp is a little bit different in terms of what it offers in design, decor, service, and food.

Despite those differences, one amenity was common and consistent throughout. Because the camp rooms are all open air and the nights can get chilly, a hot water bag is placed in the sheets during turn-down service. The bag is soft and covered with a liner that keeps it insulated, welcoming those who return to their rooms after dinner with warm sheets. Depending on your preference, you can either lay on it, next to it, or simply remove it and enjoy the heat it has already created under the covers.

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This New Sausalito Hotel Will Send Champagne to Guests Via Drone Delivery

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  Site Where: 801 Bridgeway [map], Sausalito, CA, United States, 94965
May 7, 2014 at 1:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

It was only a matter of time before a luxury hotel picked up on the drone delivery trend.

The brand-new Casa Madrona in picturesque Saualito, Calif. (it just opened yesterday!) would have wowed guests with its intimate accommodations--ranging from deluxe guest rooms to junior suites and the 11-room Casa Madrona Mansion--but the hotel decided to go over-the-top with a distinctive service--drone deliveries of champagne. Ah, get it? Casa Ma-drone-a.

The drone delivery is available to guests who book the entire Mansion or the 5,000-sq.ft Alexandrite suite which costs $25,000 and $10,000 a night, respectively. Guests pick of pricey champagne will be drone delivered from the hotel by state of the art, remote-controlled, octo-copter drones to the two-tiered deck of the Mansion.

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5 New Hotel Bikes To Ride This Spring

April 21, 2014 at 2:01 PM | by | Comment (1)

What better way to celebrate the return of good weather than by hopping on a bike and exploring the city you're visiting? Thanks to these hotels, you don't need to look much further than the front desk for your new two-wheel joyride. Just be sure to return the bike to the hotel when you're done. Don't want that charge added to your check-out folio.

5 New Hotel Bikes To Ride This Spring

1. Room Mate Aitana Amsterdam: The hotel is providing guests with discounted bicycle rentals from local bike shop, Amsterbike as well as dishing out "5 Under 15", five bike rides under 15 minutes that will get guests to some of the city's notable landmarks (tulips, Vondelpark, Rijksmuseum, The Central Library and The Pancake Bakery.)

2. The Greenwich Hotel NYC: The luxury downtown hotel has partnered with Detroit-based Shinola (of watch-making fame), to offer his & her bespoke "Bixby" bicycles for guests. Conveniently, the Shinola flagship NYC store is within walking distance to the hotel so guests can head on over there after their ride to peruse the brand's handcrafted accessories.

3. The Ace Hotel London: The Shoreditch outpost of Ace Hotels now has custom-made bikes for guests from tokyobikes. The hotel has also put together a Bed and Bike package that includes £20 per person to spend at Hoi Polloi, Lovage, Bulldog Edition or the lobby bar, access to an Ace x tokyobikes for each day of your stay, and a cycling map of London.

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Guitars Now Available at Turtle Inn for Guests to Do Their Best Jason Mraz Impression

April 10, 2014 at 10:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

It turns out guitars as in-room amenities are not just for hipster hotels.

Turtle Inn, director Francis Ford Coppola's beachside resort in Belize, has been offering complimentary guitars for guests to use during their stay. As you can see from the photo above, they make a good addition to an impromptu jam session when you're chilling by the beach. (Please pray that someone in the group knows how to play Mr. Big's "To Be With You.") Or you know, in case a guest has a hilarious Jason Mraz impression they want to show off.

Rates at Turtle Inn start at around $450 in May for a garden view cottage. There is a two-night-stay minimum.

Also, we'd like to point out that it's really cool to see that a HotelChatter contest winner back in 2009 has started a bonafide trend for hotels.

[Photo: Turtle Inn]

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You'll Never Look at Aveda Bathroom Amenities the Same Way Again

April 9, 2014 at 12:40 PM | by | Comments (10)

Regardless of whether it's a huge resort or a small inn, bathroom amenities are so commonplace now that we simply expect them to be by the sink in every room. But next time you come across Aveda products at a hotel, don't take them for granted. As it turns out, not all conditioners are easy to come by.

As a male contributor on this site, I sometimes have a hard time understanding all the hype over our stories on toiletry products. Consider me a changed man. On a recent stay at the Inn at Lost Creek in Telluride, I learned that carrying certain brands isn't as easy as just calling up and ordering them.

Aveda, for example, requires properties to complete an application to purchase its products, which includes three pages of environmental analysis. A spokesperson for the company said it all goes back to the green beliefs of its original founder, and that a lot of the questions revolve around the idea of recycling and ecological policies of the hotel. Do you have recycling cans in your lobby? Do you recycle towels? Do you have someone who oversees your recycling programs?

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The Viceroy Maldives Offers Front-Row Seats to a Manta Ray Cleaning Session

Where: Maldives
April 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

You learn something new every day. And today, we're learning that Manta Ray Season has officially begun in the Maldives. And at The Viceroy Maldives you can spy on the Manta Rays as they get "cleaned up" on the coral reefs around the resort. Don't worry, you won't have to put on rubber gloves to get involved.

Manta Rays descend on the coral reefs in the Maldives to be cleaned by little "cleaner fish." Here's how the process works, according to Best Dives Maldives which operates the Viceroy's dive center:

A manta pulls up to the reef and either open its mouth wide or positions its body in a special way that signals it would like a cleaning. Then the fish get to work cleaning the plankton from the manta ray's gills and mouth and other parts of the body. #NowYouKnow

Rate at the Viceroy vary depending on the length of stay and how many people are in the room but you can budget at least $800 a night for a stay here. A single-person dive at the dive center is about $110 but there are snorkeling options available too.

[Photo: Best Dives Maldives]

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Hotel Vermont Offers Fun 'Bedtime Menu,' Lets You Shop Your Room Decor

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  Site Where: 41 Cherry St. [map], Burlington, VT, United States, 05401
April 4, 2014 at 10:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

An amenities-filled "Bedtime Menu" and "we sell everything!" approach to room decor is cute, clever, and only slightly bad for the bank account.

Finally, a hotel that insomniacs and kleptomaniacs can agree on! (This’ll show that marriage counselor!) Welcome to Hotel Vermont, a rustic-chic destination (opened just last year) that brings urbane gloss to the cobblestone streets of quaint Burlington, Vermont. (Things it also brings: acclaimed dining at the six-time James Beard award nominated restaurant Hen of the Wood.)

The 125 contemporary guest rooms are perfect for city slicker couples who want the fresh air and relaxation of a northern New England retreat, minus all the lace and doilies and crumpets associated with your average Green Mountain State B&B. They’re also perfect for those who can’t help themselves from filling their suitcase with “souvenirs” of a getaway. But instead of resorting to hording sample-sized shampoo bottles (you desperate keepsake cat burglar), guests can take home not just the soap – but also the handmade soap dishes.

Oh, and the Johnson Woolen Mills flannel blankets, the alarm clock, the Tivoli radio, the felt flowers and vase, the water glasses and carafe… need we continue? “Almost everything is for sale!” explains an in-room price list, which points out all the accommodation accouterments that will simply be charged to your tab if they go “missing.”

They should, because basically everything is also hand-made by local New England artisans. This is good Vermont-y swag.

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Maybe We Shouldn't Be So Jazzed About Keurig Machines in Hotel Rooms After All

April 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM | by | Comments (4)

A few years ago when Keurig machines started appearing in hotel rooms--we couldn't have more thrilled. At last! A quick and easy way to make coffee in our rooms without having to deal with an ancient coffee maker or fumble with those paper filters. But maybe this perfect cup of coffee wasn't as ideal as we first thought.

Today, Keurigs are very common amenities in hotel rooms as are Nespressos and other one-cup coffee wonders. But this article, published in 2012, has recently been making the rounds on the internet about the dangers of the plastic Keurig casings. Here's a snippet of the piece to get an idea:

So, we do our best to avoid putting hot beverages and food leftovers into plastic containers (glass, stainless steel and food-safe designated ceramics are much better choices.)

But now there are K-cups- a fresh cup of plastic, er- I mean coffee, brewed into your mug every day. Combine hot water temperatures and the acidic qualities of coffee and now there’s a chance to spike leaching and chemical contamination to new heights.

And, because K-cups can’t be recycled, there is no recycling code on them to even tell us which chemicals are in the plastic containers- their ingredients are completely hidden from consumers.

Whoa.

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Out with the Old and In with the New: Shangri-La Introduces Digital Newspapers

April 3, 2014 at 9:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has decided to save the planet in their own small way by introducing environmentally-friendly digital newspapers rather than offering daily delivery of the real thing to each guest’s room. Considering the digital service replaces approximately two million print newspapers annually, there are a pretty significant number of trees that are all breathing a sigh of relief.

They’ve partnered with PressReader, a digital newspaper and magazine service, to do the deed. Hotel and restaurant guests can connect through each hotel’s complimentary WiFi via their laptops, tablets or smartphones and read to their heart’s content over 2,000 local, regional and international publications from 100 countries in 60 languages. That’s a lot of words.

The service can be found across all Shangri-La and Kerry Hotel properties in any and all WiFi enabled areas of the properties, including — yes — hotel cars.

For those of us who still prefer the smooth feel of the newsprint and black, inky fingers in the morning, Shangri-La Hotels are offering a limited number of print newspaper editions by request.

[Photo: Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts]