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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is upping its game in the amenities department, partnering with gourmet food and wine shopkeepers Dean & DeLuca to offer a gourmet wine club membership available exclusively to their Presidentís Club members (which is free to join, by the way, and gets you free Wi-Fi at all Fairmont properties).
Called Fairmont Vintages, every three months wine club members will receive six rare and highly-rated California wines curated by Dean & DeLuca's Napa-based Wine Director, Kerrin Laz, along with access to private tasting sessions at Dean & DeLuca in Napa Valley.
Membership is tiered and starts at $400 for the Vintage Select program, $575 for Vintage Reserve and a princely $1,125 for Vintage Marquis. Note that the Fairmont Vintage membership is only open to those of you in the US.
[Photo: Dean & Deluca]
The upcoming Archer Hotel in Manhattan has been cultivating an air of mystery about its concept, being careful not to reveal much before its spring 2014 opening. But the hotel has parted with information on one amenity that will be available to guests -- a house deck of playing cards featuring etiquette tips.
But that's not all. The cards will also give guests the chance to interact with each other and the staff as well as serve as a mini-loyalty program. In short, staying at The Archer will be like playing a card game. Here are the "rules:"
When guests check-in to The Archer, they will be handed a "Destination Joker" card which are meant to be collected on subsequent stays. Two or more of these cards will earn guests upgrades and other perks. Collecting six Jokers will get them "even more benefits" (so says the hotel). If a hotel employee observes a guest displaying an act of kindness, courtesy or etiquette from the deck of cards, the guest might receive a Class Act card, which is worth $10 and can be collected and combined to use at the hotel for drinks and for food.
If a hotel employee observes a guest displaying an act of kindness, courtesy or etiquette from the deck of cards, the guest might receive a Class Act card, which is worth $10 and can be collected and combined to use at the hotel for drinks and for food.
You know you scored a hotel room with a killer view if you walk in to find a telescope at the window.
For many hotel guests, scoring such an amenity is pure luck; however, for travelers who know what they want (and it's an in-room telescope), there are a few properties that make such an offering part of the experience.
Three hotels with in-room telescopes:
'Tis the season for giving and so the Preferred Hotel Group are participating in a program that goes by the name "Season's Treatings" and offers guests a extra special, destination-specific, treat to go along with their best-available rates.
Over the festivities (and a little longer), guests at 39 different Preferred Family hotels around the world can look forward to complimentary treats such as tickets to the Prague Zoo at Andelís Hotel Prague; complimentary access to the Cheetah Outreach including an encounter with an adult cheetah ambassador at Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa, and gingerbread for children and mulled wine for parents at Hotel MŁnchen Palace.
The Seasonís Treatings program is available for bookings now through February 15, 2014, and treats will rotate on a monthly basis.
[Photo: Facebook/Munchen Palace Hotel]
Room service, we wish we knew how to quit you. Actually, no we don't. We want to order you forever and ever and ever!
While CNT didn't seem too fazed by this report, we found ourselves looking around and wondering--are we the only ones ordering room service these days?
This particular editor has stayed in three different hotels in the past month and I ordered room service in two of them. Breakfast is an especially key room service order for me since I hate having to go out and scrounge for food early in the morning (or you know, get dressed and troop down to the lobby.) Plus, having breakfast in bed is truly one of the experiences I love most about hotels. I definitely can't get that at home.
Gripes about delivery charges and overpriced items aside, a few of us here at HotelChatter also had straight-up conniption fits this summer when the Hilton New York killed their room service. For a luxury hotel to remain luxury or even just "full-service" we strongly believe they need room service. That said, we ain't knocking the other brands that have free breakfast spreads down in the lobby. Quite a few of them do it good. And they are certainly cheaper than these insane in-room dishes.
But usually, if there's room service menu sitting on the desk in our hotel room and we're tired and hungry, you can bet we're going to order up something to eat.
Maybe we aren't in the majority on this topic? Tell us if you still order room service in comments below!
There are plenty of hotels out there that are finally "getting it" when it comes to the luxury hotel experience. When we are paying up to several hundred dollars per night (and sometimes over a couple of thousand on occasion), there are certain touches that are expected and then there are little things that are just plain thoughtful on the part of the property, ultimately making for an especially memorable stay. As frequent travelers we really appreciate all of those little details. Plus, it's nice to feel like we really got our money's worth. Here's a look at a few luxury hotels going out of their way to throw in complimentary extras that make us like them even more:
We told you about this a while ago when it was first announced and frankly it's a really nice little upgrade. Even those sitting pretty in the upper crust may not ever step foot in a car with this level of prestige, even if they can afford to own one (some people are much too practical). C'mon. We don't care what your income level is, can you really tell us you don't want to roll up to the hotel in a Maserati? Don't lie.
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Oh, we love when hotels give us a little extra treat in our rooms. We're not too particular--heck, we've been excited with everything from toothpaste to contact solution. It's the small things that count, especially when some hotels won't even supply a bottle of water in case of midnight hour parchness.
So, imagine our delight upon discovering even more amenities available at these properties. Some of them are nice gestures to show appreciation, others are yours with a simple request. As always, keep your eyes peeled for perks--you never know what you could be missing out on!
Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.: Each evening, the hotel features a different president's favorite cookie in the hotel lobby along with a recipe that guests can take home. Examples include Barack Obama's white & dark chocolate chip to Abraham Lincoln's lemon squares. Happen to be staying at the Georgetown property? Look forward to the butler who serves s'mores every evening by the wood burning fireplace.
Last week, we asked you if you still used the in-room TV anymore. Our initial feeling was that you would all answer no and instead talk about how you use the in-room WiFi to stream movies and TV shows or just use it to catch up on your news reading.
When we do stay in a hotel, yes ! Watch the news for days temperature & happenings. Plus helps put us to sleep, reminds us of home.
I like to watch the news in the morning, wherever I am, and also turn it on at night while we're unwinding from a long day of sightseeing.
I don't have cable at home, cuz I use the internet for everything. But the one thing that I don't get online and like to watch in hotels is SportsCenter on ESPN.
The television was once considered the most important amenity inside a hotel room, after the telephone of course. Remember the days when hotels tried to outdo each other with their advertisements of "Color TV" and "Free Cable?" But then we all quickly moved past those and onto flat-screens and HDTVs. Yet even these high-tech versions might soon be outdated and it's all thanks to, you guessed it, the internet.
Several times this year, HotelChatter contributors have been in hotel rooms and have not turned on the TV. And why should they? When they can stream their favorite TV shows or movies on their computer or tablet. Heck, even just checking social media is entertainment enough. And this particular HotelChatter editor has recently been skeeved out about the
fecal matter germs that might be on the remote controls, so much so that I refuse to touch them without a tissue or a shower cap around them.
But there is one exception to all of this--kids. When you're traveling with kids, you'll do whatever you can to keep them entertained. Sure, you probably travel with the iPad fully-loaded or the Nintendo DS fully charged but sometimes, there's nothing easier than just plopping the kids on the bed and putting on some random cartoons while you criss-cross around the room, getting all your gear packed up.
YOU TELL US: Do you even use the TV in your hotel room anymore? YES OR NO? Sound off in comments below!
The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle gained much of its reputation from the fact that The Beatles infamously fished out the window during their stay, a unique experience that guests continued to enjoy for many years after.
But the fun's been over now for quite some time. It all started when Noble House purchased the hotel in 1987, and yesterday when we called the Edgewater to inquire about this once-lovable feature, the hotel informed us that fishing out the window is no longer allowed due to "liability first and foremost," but that other factors also led to the decision, such as the caught fish stinking up the room, new bedspreads, and the lines disturbing other guests.
Uh! While we understand on one hand -- especially the smelly fish part -- we're frustrated. This was such a novel aspect for a waterfront hotel to offer, and it seems like a shame for them to ditch it altogther instead of coming up with a creative way to keep the tradition alive. Something as simple as designating a few of the lower-level rooms as "fishing rooms" and charging an upgrade fee would have done the trick. And you could treat the fish smell the same way you treat cigarette smoke, putting trust in the guest that they'll play catch and release.
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Forgot something? No worries! These hotels have got you covered with the basics and more.
Not long ago we discussed what would be the ultimate hotel in-room amenities. Some of our desires may have been a bit dramatic, but hey, one can only dream. However, more and more hotels these days go beyond a complimentary dental and razor kit. Most of these items are free, others may have a nominal charge--but we're just excited that if we've left something at home, all is not lost!
Here's what you can ask to be delivered to your room at these hotels:
For a small fee, Kimpton can bring these other amenities:
What else can you get just for the asking? Read on!
Contact the housekeeping department for these items:
*Feminine hygiene products
*Crayons & Coloring books
*One hour of steaming service
The brand's "Forgot It? We've Got It!" program is awesome and has expanded to include these oft-left home products:
*Fashion Tape (no nip-slips happening on their watch)
*Heating Pad (oh, this is a gooood one)
*Collar Stays (hmm..this is a puzzler?!)
Contact Lens Solution
Spray Wrinkle Remover
Nail File (anyone find it odd a nail file isn't free, but a humidifier is?)
For a small fee, Kimpton can bring these other amenities:
What else can you get just for the asking? Read on!
Martin's classic DXMAE guitars can now be found in Ace's Superior Deluxe Double Double, the Superior Deluxe Double, and the Suite rooms. The guitars also feature a custom interior label and engraving on the body that reads, "The left hand is what you know. The right hand is who you are."
And no, they are not for sale. These are super limited edition guitars made just for the Ace Hotel. All the more reason to book a room. The Superior Deluxe Double starts at 269 GBP (about $432US) this weekend.
[Photos: Martin Guitars]