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(Some of) the toiletries in question
Last week, I stayed in an extremely exclusive hotel in Italy – one of the old-school, iconic ones. It was beautiful – totally over the top, ridiculous décor, old masters in the bar, and hushed, reverent service. The bathroom was an explosion of marble, with large-sized toiletries – Acqua di Parma, should you care to know – by the bath, the shower, and the sink.
Naturally, when it came to check out, I did my usual whipround, collecting notepaper and envelopes, one of the notepads and pens, and most of the toiletries. That’s par for the course, right? It keeps your cupboards fully stocked and helps keep fond memories of the hotel going. Everyone wins.
I checked out, went for a wander, and came back half an hour later. I asked the concierge – who were in charge of the keys – to order me a taxi. He did so, but not before the other concierge had asked him quietly, “Il luogo è apposto?” Is the place ok? “Si, tutt’apposto,” said the other, and gave a slightly embarrassed smile.
And obviously I immediately assumed that the only possible thing they could be talking about in such a covert way was me and the fact that I had filched the stationery and the shampoo, and that they were wondering whether to confront me over it.
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Cast aside all thoughts of Nicolas Cage photos by your bedside. Here is a concierge story to end all concierge stories.
The questions translated fairly clearly into action, and it soon became clear just why they’d asked so many questions – because this is a hotel that showers you with gifts from the moment you check in.
Things I received over a two-night stay:
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The other month, we popped into the Flavours of Langham gift shop off the stunning lobby (see below) of the Langham Chicago to check out what sort of pink Langham-branded gear we could take home. We were thinking we'd find the usual hotel gift shop suspects like candles, notebooks, robes and slippers but instead we found so much more than that.
There was an entire shelf of kiddie items as well as fragrances, art and architecture books, clothing and even small purses. But our eyes immediately went to the doll on the circular podium in the center of the store.
Dressed in a pink Chanel tweed-inspired suit and skirt with her black hair pulled in a soft bun atop her head and a string of pearls around her neck stood Audrey, the Langham's service stylist ($29.99) She's pretty much the doll form of the Langham's very real service stylists who help guests with whatever they may need during their stay from things to do, where to eat and any other special requests.
But that's not all we found.
Gift cards. They are so easy to give, yet so impersonal. They also subtly tell your gift recipient, "I didn't have the time to find a good gift for you and get it wrapped and either bring it to the party tonight or ship it in time so you can open it on Christmas day."
So, if you're
scrambling thinking of a hotel gift card for a traveler in your life, or wannabe traveler, you'll be relieved to know there are some ways to put a little thought into the selection. And of course, the age-old maxim of gift cards still applies--"Put a lot on the card to make up for the fact that you're copping out on getting a real gift."
Keep reading for the 5 hotel gift cards that will thrill your family and friends this holiday season.
With the start of the holiday season about a week away, don't forget about the hotel lover on your list. You might not be able to predict their schedule enough to give them a specific getaway, but you can sort them out for a future stay with a gift card from Hotels.com.
Redeemable at any hotel, resort, or B&B on the site (claimed to be over 100,000), it's hard to think of a traveler who wouldn't be appreciative of a few bucks in their back pocket towards a room, whether it's a staycation or a proper vacation.
Last week, we stayed at a hotel that shall remain nameless. We checked in after a 13-hour flight to a room stocked with a free minibar. A few minutes later, we were brought a welcome gift: orange juice, a packet of cheese cookies, a chocolate bar, and a box of marshmallows. Perfect! A little graze of that, and we wouldn’t need to venture out while zombie-fied.
As it happened, we drank the juice, had one cookie and one marshmallow, and realized we didn’t want to add a sugar coma to the jetlag one, so we ordered room service. No worries! We closed the marshmallow box, put the lid on the cookies, and left the chocolate in its wrapper. The rest of those goodies could wait for tomorrow.
The next morning, we stumbled down to breakfast. By the time we stumbled back up, our room had been cleaned. And the entire tray had been taken away.
Why, housekeeping, why? Why would you think that an airtight plastic pot of cookies that had been opened, deprived of one cookie, carefully closed again and set neatly on our desk, was finished? Why would you think that a box of marshmallows that had been dipped into and taped back up was to be thrown away? Why would you think that an unopened chocolate bar was repellent to us? Why?
British-born, NYC-based artist Shantell Martin has designed a stream-of-consciousness-type summer tote exclusively for W New York. As an added bonus it's filled with sweet treats and summer essentials for a weekend getaway:
- Sugarfina Candy Cubes (Champagne Bubbles, Martini Olive Almonds, Peach Bellinis, Sugar Lips, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, and Robin’s Egg Caramels)
- Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense Sunscreen
- Never Hungover hangover prevention
So how do you get ‘em? It’s remarkably simple: stop in at the W New York’s newly reno’ed Living Room on Fridays between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., order a cocktail, and presto! A tote bag arrives. This will only last until supplies run out, but we’ve been promised that they have a goodly sum available.
[Photo: W New York]
If you're reading this today from inside a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, then scurry on down to the front desk and immediately request one of the new signature Ritz-Carlton chocolate cakes.
Available at all Ritz-Carlton hotels around the world, the chocolate cake was created as an edible way to celebrate the heritage of Ritz-Carlton. They also wanted a cake that could travel well as they anticipated guests would take them home as gifts.
So, 20 of the Ritz's pastry chefs from around the world were asked to submit their own recipe for the best cake, all to be executed by Frederic Barasse, the head pastry chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, and judged by Ritz-Carlton's top execs.
However, Ritz's corporate chef Rainer Zinngrebe had some stipulations--the cake had to contain Grand Marnier since the liqueur was named by Cesar Ritz for his friend Louis-Alexandre Marnier La Postelle, who had invented the liqueur (and who later gave Ritz the money to start up his very first hotel in Paris.) The cake also had to contain fine chocolate because, well, of course it has to have chocolate. And lastly, the cake needed to stay fresh for up to eight days.
After an extensive taste-test (which was written about for the latest issue of the Ritz-Carlton magazine), the chef with the winning cake was….
Keep reading to find out who won the Ritz-Carlton cake-off!
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Since 2011, Andaz Hotels has worked with Women for Women International (WfWI) to provide women in war-torn countries with economic opportunities and be positive catalysts for change. Through these efforts, the Andaz Holiday Bazaar was born.
The Andaz Holiday Bazaar is a virtual pop-up shop offering locally inspired, unique gifts with proceeds donated to WfWI. The hotel brand collaborated with its Cultural Insiders from around the globe to curate the bespoke online Holiday Bazaar available through e-retailer, Joyus.
With everything from custom created home décor to one-of-a-kind artwork and artisanal food, here are a couple of our favorites:
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No pressure or anything, but you only have 7 days to shop for the folks on your list before Christmas Eve arrives. But never fear, we're here to help you out with 7 Gift Ideas for the Hotel Lover in Your Life. Give this list a look and then get shopping!
1. GIFT CARDS: Let's be real. It's not the most thoughtful option but it is easy. And damn, wouldn't you be psyched if someone gave you a gift card for a hotel stay? Totally beats a gift card from Barnes & Noble.
2. ACE HOTEL LONDON's QUILT, $720: You can sleep assured knowing that you're the only person who has touched this blanket.
Visitors to the The Setai in South Beach this month might notice the property smelling a little more fragrant than usual. That's because master perfumer, Roja Dove, of Roja Perfumes (and formerly of Guerlain) has created a new fragrance especially for the luxury hotel.
The orange-inspired Neroli-based scent is now present throughout all areas of the hotel and can be found in the new line of bathroom amenities from the shampoo to conditioner, shower gel, body milk, and hand soap. Roja himself traveled to the Setai last New Year's to conduct research for the "olfactory project." And here's what he came up:
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How much do you love the Dorchester Hotel in London? So much so that you would spend 125 GBP (or $200 US) on a special handmade mohair teddy bear dressed up as a Dorchester hotel chef? Or perhaps you fancy the doorman version instead? (It's also slightly cheaper at $145 US.)
Price tag aside, we're suckers for these little teddy bears. Maybe it's because their little uniforms are exact replicas of the staff uniforms. Or maybe it's because the hotel has only made 500 of these, making them limited-edition bears. Beside it totally beats another boring hotel candle.
Now if only they could make a teddy bear that exactly resembled HotelChatter's Hottest Chef in the World....
[Photo: Dorchester Hotel Shop]