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Deciding what to bring on a trip is often a pain, and it seems no matter how much we think about it, there's always something we forget. Hyatt Union Square sympathizes and has just launched ‘The Accessories Butler’, a one-of-a-kind accessories closet for guests, curated by "Fashion & Lifestyle expert" Pamela Pekerman. During their stay, guests of the Hyatt Union Square can borrow from a selection of the season’s hottest accessories - earrings, necklaces, scarves, hats, belts, cufflinks, you name it, ‘The Accessories Butler’ will have it. The butler will stay in the hotel’s lobby, and on the first of every month, feature a new selection of the season’s on-trend accessories. Each item will also be displayed with details, including the retail location where it will be available for purchase.
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In an age where you can remotely check-into a hotel with your smartphone and then use the in-room iPad to order breakfast from room service and tell housekeeping to change your towels, human interaction at hotels seems to be decreasing minute-by-minute every year. Often times, the only time we talk to a hotel employee is at check-in and, if something isn't working in the room.
But luxury hotels still put a premium on face-to-face interaction, thanks to their staff of well-trained concierges, front desk agents, bell men, housekeepers and more, who constantly check to make sure their guests have everything they need. And the uber-luxe hotels keep the constant contact going with their butler service, like the The Lanesborough Hotel in London, where a personal butler is automatically available to every guest who books a room. (The hotel was one of the first hotels to institute private butlers almost 25-years-ago.) Machines can do a lot but can they anticipate your needs like a real-live human butler? Not just yet.
To show how butlers can stay on top of their refined service game as we become increasingly dependent on machines, Daniel Jordaan, Head Butler of The Lanesborough, has shared his 10 Commandments List for hotel butlers.
These rules not only ensure that hotel guests' every need will be met but also offer some valuable insight for anyone working in the hospitality industry, in any position. No smartphone apps needed! We are especially big fans of #2, #3, and #6. (Actually, we're fans of all of them but these really stood out for us.)
Keep reading to see the full list of the 10 Commandments for Hotel Butlers
Like packing before a trip, dismantling your suitcase upon arrival at the hotel is a mixed bag of emotions. On one hand, it's exciting. On the other, it's a pain in the ass and delays the start of your vacation. Which is exactly why it's becoming less common. When we dished about how the hotel rooms of the future might change, the usefulness of a closet was one of the first things called into question.
But what would you say if we told you someone could take care of it for you? That someone unpacking and re-packing your bags was a perk of the hotel? This isn't a mainstream concept (yet?), but we do find it offered at upscale hotels from time to time. We must admit: it seems foreign to us. Do luxury travelers really let someone else unpack and pack their bags?
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With family travel being an ever increasing market these days, hotels are doing the right thing by expanding their services to accommodate younger visitors. We've recently written about a few hotel services designed to keep the kids occupied while you're chilling on your vacation, but we are just bowled over by the St. Regis' commitment to creating a home away from home for families staying at their resorts.
Case in point: the St. Regis, Bali had been seeing a family from the Asia-Pacific region stay for three to five weeks in a two-bedroom villa between Easter and Christmas. The family would settle in, sans the father, who, as a surgeon, travels a lot for work and would always arrive a few days later.
The resort noticed the father's busy schedule and responded by creating personalized programs for the children and even, get this, arranging for their butler to dress up as the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus to deliver gifts!
Our hearts are warmed and we are utterly charmed by the St. Regis for this ... and maybe just a little envious of those lucky kids.
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If scent truly is the strongest evoker of memories, then Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is sure to create some new ones with this “smelly in a good way” addition to their amenities package.
Earlier this year, the luxury hotelier unleashed its Fragrance Butler Program on the world, making one’s travel experience just a wee bit easier and a lot more refined. Nine of its properties – from Vancouver to Jeddah – are currently participating in the program.
Here’s how it works: You’ve just flown from New York to Vancouver – that’s almost 2,500 miles – and you’re feeling rather weary and, let’s just say it, not as fresh as you might like. But you have exactly one hour to check into Rosewood’s Hotel Georgia, get settled, and be at your first engagement. You pretty much have to choose between a decent shower or a decent nap. If you’re like us, a nap always comes first (‘cause hey – how many showers in one day can one person possibly need?).
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A look at the Andaz basket: raspberries and a baguette, what else do you need?
Normally, you'd think a simple picnic in the park would be a more economical undertaking than, say, dinner for two at Asiate (Mandarin Oriental's ritzy 35th-floor restaurant). But you'd be wrong. This summer, two of Manhattan's classiest hotels—Mandarin Oriental and Andaz Fifth Avenue—are offering up separate picnic packages to guests. And with classy baskets and classy food, come classy prices (read: expensive). But then again, this is Manhattan.
So if it's a picnic you're dead set on, great. Now ask yourself is it an Asian-inspired feast, or something more continental—like caviar and blinis—that you're craving?
On the heels of the InterContinental's bodacious new iPad app, we have another luxury hotel brand going above and beyond the call of duty to serve its guests in a high-tech manner--The St. Regis New York, which has just unveiled its own E-Butler program.
The program is actually a mobile app that is available from the iTunes app store for free. Guests can download it prior to arriving at the hotel and then once they arrive, they can start communicating electronically with their butler. See an example of a butler-guest chat above.
The app also features an "Insider's Guide" from New York's various personalities such as Vogue's André Leon Talley, fashion designer Jason Wu, chef Alain Ducasse, architect David Rockwell and the Village Voice's Michael Musto. These folks have all chipped in with their favorite shops, restaurants and city landmarks and the app does a nice job of organizing their picks simply and on Google Maps as well.
And of course, anytime a guest wants to book one of these recommendations, they can do so directly through the E-Butler.
Ah, it's just like Upstairs, Downstairs! While Todd English is holding court with his new food hall down in the basement, the men in white gloves upstairs at The Plaza are getting ready to give you the business. That is, the hotel has just introduced its new Business Butler Package.
In a world of Foursquare and Twitter, and hotel technology that means we don't even have to talk to anyone if we don't want to, the idea of a butler is so quaint, isn't it? But, hell, if a man in a frock coat wants to run us a bath, plump our pillows and give our Louboutins a polish, we're not going to argue.
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You think this picnic looks posh? You aint seen nothing yet
How often have you been lugging round various bags containing food, shopping and whatnot, and wished that you were rich/celebby enough to have someone to carry it for you?
Well now, for an hour or two, you can do that. The Lanesborough’s new Butler Picnic experience will treat you like a richy for one lunchtime only.
From now until August, you can have a consultation with a butler about what kind of food you want for your picnic, then set it up in Hyde Park, serve it, and deal with the mess after you’ve done your worst.
We’ve heard of room valets and private butler service at fancy resorts, but this is the first time we’ve heard of a Berry Butler. That is just the position that was created to celebrate “National Berry Month” in July, however, when the Loews Coronado teamed up with Driscoll’s Berries.
Every Friday and Saturday until August 1, the Berry Butler will be at the hotel greeting guests with fresh berries, teaching kids to make fresh smoothies, hosting berry tastings with Loews’ executive chef, Marc Ehrler, and conducting adult cocktail (and kids’ mocktail) classes with the hotel’s mixology team.
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While we are sure golden-boy Michael Phelps is safely ensconced in the Olympic village somewhere, far, far, far away from any distractions that could derail his eight golden medals quest, the International Olympic Committee is kicking it at the Raffles Beijing Hotel.
And they aren't shy about letting you know that either. In fact, there's a press release on this which says that Raffles recruited the best of its employees from around the world to serve at the hotel during the Olympics:
In preparation, Raffles Beijing, which has 100% occupancy during the Olympics, has undergone more than 1,500 hours of Pre-Olympic preparation training since March 2008.
At an average price of around $2,300 a night, the seven-star Town House Galleria in Milan has got to be fairly exclusive. And it is. Every guest even gets allocated their own personal butler, who is responsible for all manner of duties designed to make your stay more comfortable.
Basically, your butler will do anything for you. Craving a particular kind of chocolate bar? They'll run out and grab one for you, or a whole bag full. Needing tickets so you can skip the queue at any Milan attraction? No worries at all.
The butlers at Town House Galleria are also available to take care of all the needs of your small dog (large ones, apparently, are not included).