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Ask anyone in Denver about the city's oldest hotel, and they'll either point you towards the Oxford Hotel or the Brown Palace (technically, the Oxford opened a year earlier, in 1891, but in our eyes, they're both pretty special). However, in terms of star power, we think the Brown Palace wins out.
The hotel, which recently became an Autograph Collection property in September, has hosted every president since Teddy Roosevelt, with the exception of Calvin Coolidge and Barack Obama. And on the ground floor, the room that Henry C. Brown (the hotel's founder) used as his office is now a kick-ass cigar lounge named Churchill, with a customized humidor of over 60 cigars.
But our favorite feature about the hotel is the thing you see above. It's a water fountain, yes, but the story goes deeper than that.
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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?
If you're feeling a little dehydrated and there's a Ritz-Carlton nearby, you might want to pop in for a quick refreshment.
No, no, no. Instead we have infusion water typically with a fruit of some sort. At the downtown Ritz, we found "white peaches" while over at the Marina it was an orange pomegranate sort of blend. Yummy.
We've just begun taking note of the "specialty" Ritz water being offered in their hotels so we only have these two properties to list but we did see a Yelper liking the strawberry melon water at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia and we found another mention of the fruit-infused water at Ritz-Carlton South Beach.
Is fruit water the new wheatgrass? Possibly!
If you're a hotel nerd like us, drop in your favorite (or worst) Ritz-Carlton water tastings in comments below!