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Rubber Duckies are timeless bath toys yet HotelChatter has been noticing more and more of them on our recent hotel stays.
Most of these rubber duckies are the traditional yellow ones we know and love well but some are personalized with the hotel's name, making them a bit more special. While some are free to use during your stay (and conveniently to pocket during packing), some are found in the minibar instead, meaning you got to cough up some bread crumbs for the bathtime fun.
The most expensive ones we've seen so far might be the princely ducks at the Le Meurice in Paris where just one "canard de bain" costs 20 euros.
As with all our other fun photo galleries (Do Not Disturb signs, Bathrobes, Coffee makers), we'll keep adding to it as we see more duckies in our hotel tubs. Until then, you know you can always send us your snapshots!
The other month we were fortunate enough to get a tour of the Sunset Marquis' presidential villa and it is loaded with services to pamper the richest rock star, the richest movie mogul, the richest tech guru or the richest anybody, really.
The Sunset Marquis has always been known as a "hidden hotel," tucked below the Sunset Strip but the two-story, two-bedroom oasis that is the Presidential Villa is even further elusive, hidden at the back of the hotel's property and accessible from the underground garage by a private elevator. If privacy is your main desire here, these luxe digs will deliver.
Of course, the suite will deliver a few other things as well.
Turns out that Affinia have put together a whole range of Customized Comforts to fill some of your travelin' needs, rubber duckies being one of them (although they come at a cost of $5).
There's even cooler stuff than bath toys, too. They'll lend you an Ibanez acoustic guitar for $9.95 a day, give you nail polish remover for free and for some additional charge bring you gourmet cup cakes. And as contact lens wearers we're especially impressed that when carry-on restrictions started, Affinia began offering a 3oz bottle of contact lens solution for free.
On their website you can drag and drop the stuff you want, submit it and they'll remember to give you this stuff every time you stay at an Affinia. We probably won't need a rubber ducky each stay but as far as gimmicks go, it's a fun one.
And the prize for the silliest hotel package this week goes to ... the Como Hotel in Melbourne for naming an otherwise perfectly normal hotel deal "Duckaway". Because you get a rubber duck.
At first glance it might not be at all clear why the Como would offer a "Duckaway", but there is in fact a reasonable kind of excuse behind it. The Como is especially proud of their "Bath Time Menu"--guests can choose all kinds of treats to enjoy at bath time with different kinds of bubble bath, some served with herbal tea or a glass of whisky!
So if you're craving a very good bath and a cute rubber duck, then the "Duckaway" deal goes for A$299 (US$210) and includes a night in a studio suite, gourmet breakfast for two, valet parking and, of course, a smiling Como rubber duck. Dare we say, duck in soon for this deal? Nah, it's too corny.