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We've had our fair share of Japanese hotel adventures, though we never quite tire of hearing about the country's unique taste in budget accommodations. Starting at around $38/night, these places are ideal if you have little cash to spare but need more than just a washing machine-sized capsule.
RocketNews has put together a handy list of the best amenities offered at Japanese budget hotels, explaining in 26 concise bullet points all the useful little extras that get thrown in, like free internet, free toiletries, free water, hand-written notes from housekeepers, pillow menus, origami souvenirs, and air purifiers. Oh yeah, and high-tech toilets.
Which got us thinking...where in the US can we find similar types of amenities?
Usually we’re all about the latest technology and perks like free WiFi, but sometimes the little things a hotel does is the fastest way to our hearts, and it was the old school touches at the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco that made one recent stay memorable.
There's a lot to love at Chateau Marmont, where the starlets are plentiful and the security practically fortress-like: a hotel bar you actually want to visit, and elaborate dishware for lattes that we once saw Gael Garcia Bernal ogling in person, for instance.
When you're shelling out the kind of cash that le Chateau requires for its doting service (and, oh, how they dote on their famous friends), unsolicited perks are common—more than your simple chocolate on the pillow at turndown, that's certain.
No matter how many hotels we sleep with...er...in we always need to swipe a pen from the hotel's stationary. But sometimes it's not always a pen. Sometimes, it's a pencil. Whoa, we know. It's hard to contain your excitement.
But it is interesting to see what hotels use pens versus pencils. We had unsubstantiated theory going that high-end luxury hotels preferred pencils based on a few we had in our collection from the Viceroy, The Gramercy Park Hotel and The Surrey. But then we saw that the Standard and Ace hotels use pencils. And in a recent stay at a Mandarin Oriental, we found a pen next to the notepad. So boom goes that theory.
Anyone have an idea as to why some hotels pick pencils over pens? Is it the whim of the general manager or is a edict handed down from corporate high above? Spill your knowledge and your preferences here.