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The Opus Hotel Vancouver is Testing Fun New Toiletry Dispensers

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  Site Where: 322 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
January 16, 2014 at 5:03 PM | by | ()

Love 'em or hate 'em, toiletry dispensers are here to stay. And while we still think that five-star luxury hotels should probably avoid the dispenser situation, we're totally ok with cool, well-designed dispensers filled with high-end products. (See the Four Seasons Hualalai.)

Which is why we totally approve of these new toiletry dispensers being put in place at the Opus Hotel Vancouver filled with tasty Malin + Goetz products like peppermint shampoo, cilantro conditioner and rum body wash. (Fingers crossed there's a tequila mouthwash!)

Opus Hotel asked their Facebook fans (and us) what they thought and most reactions were pretty positive, with one commenter saying he wanted it for his own house. And we kinda agree. Except we're gonna miss stashing those Malin+Goetz freebies in our bag before we check-out.

What do you think--#like or #dislike? Let us know in comments below!

[Photo: Opus Hotel Vancouver]

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The Four Seasons Hualalai Now Has Customized Bath Amenities (In Dispensers Too!)

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  Site Where: 72-100 Ka`upulehu Drive [map], Kailua-Kona , HI, United States, 96740
July 1, 2013 at 6:21 PM | by | ()

While the bath amenities may vary amongst Four Seasons Hotels, they are always top-notch skincare lines. For example, the Four Seasons Los Angeles features Bulgari products while the Four Seasons Costa Rica uses L'Occitane. And now in Hawaii, the Four Seasons Hualalai in Hawaii, is offering a custom line of toiletries, made exclusively for the resort and called Kāwili Project.

The word Kāwili means "to blend" and the products are made with base formulations of Hawaiian oils, salts, sugars, and land and sea botanicals. The products include shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, after-sun lotion and body soap and all are free of sulfates, parabens, synthetic colour and synthetic fragrance.

But perhaps what's the bigger eco story here is that Four Seasons Hualali has done away with toiletry bottles, choosing instead to put the new amenities in large refillable bottles which they estimate will result in the elimination of more than 100,000 disposable plastic bottles annually.

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Are We (and the Hotel Industry) Ready to Switch to Toiletry Dispensers?

Where: Various Locations
June 24, 2013 at 10:58 AM | by | ()

For how small and seemingly insignificant they are, those little soap bars in the bathroom sure get a lot of attention. We've heard a lot about the efforts of hotels to recycle the partially-used bars left behind by guests, and when we looked at what people have stolen from hotel rooms, bathroom amenities were on everyone's list of most likely to be swiped.

And now, as hotels continue to search for ways to cut costs and minimize their environmental impact, we might start seeing less and less of them altogether. We might see them replaced by toiletry dispensers.

According to Pineapple Hospitality, the era of “amenity wars” between hotels has given way to a green movement where the traveling public’s growing environmental attitude is finally strong enough to overcome any feelings of luxury that might be lost by doing away with individual amenities. We understand that the source of that statement has a sales pitch driving it, but still we find it to be true. People’s minds are opened wider now than ever to green initiatives, even if they make the trip away from home a little less glamorous. It’s why so many people are willing to use their towel more than once.

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At These Five Hotels, Every Day is a Tommy Bahama Kind of Day

November 17, 2011 at 1:18 PM | by | ()

To dispense or not to dispense? We're talking about hotel toiletry dispensers, that is. We (and a few of our readers) have said before that dispensers are cool so long as there are some good products in them. Fortunately, if you are visiting these hotels along the West Coast, you'll be encountering some good "tropical" stuff from Tommy Bahama.

The Acqua Hotel, Hotel FIVE, The Maxwell Hotel, University Inn, and Watertown Hotel have all added gallon dispensers of Tommy Bahama toiletries to their guestrooms in an effort to be eco-conscious. But Kurt Helmke, the general manager of the Acqua Hotel, outside of Marin in California, knew that not any old brand would work in the dispenser.

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Social Hubs? Disappearing Tubs? Which Trend Do You Love (Or Hate) The Most?

September 27, 2011 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

Nothing gets the HotelChatter debate going faster than a mention of the uber-controvertial—and increasingly common—toiletry dispensers popping up these days. But according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), that's just one of the trends guests are now seeing.

The article starts by tackling the beast that is hotel fees—something we know a little about. And with our ear firmly on the carpeted hotel ground, we can safely bet this is a "trend" hated by everyone. But disappearing bathtubs? Colorful lobby couches? Locally-sourced food and drink options? These can't all be bad, can they? Click below to see the full list, and weigh in with your own "love it" or "hate it" of hotel trends.

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Hotel Toiletry Conundrum: Dispensers or Bottles?

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  Site Where: 309 Southwest Broadway [map], Portland, OR, United States, 97205
August 10, 2011 at 3:01 PM | by | ()

Last week, we wondered if toiletry dispensers were unsanitary or not but over at the Benson Hotel in Portland, you won't have to worry about that since the hotel offers both toiletry dispensers and toiletry bottles. And with the good stuff too--Gilchrist & Soames.

There is one exception though. Unless you prefer using hotel soap, you will have to pump the dispenser for the shower gel as that was not offered in bottle form. Go figure.

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Toiletry Dispensers: Eco-Friendly Or Unsanitary?

August 3, 2011 at 4:55 PM | by | ()

Last year we took notice of how toiletry bottles were out to eliminate our precious free bottles of hotel shampoo and conditioner. This made us sad but yet we know it's for a good cause--the environment (or so we keep telling ourselves that.)

However, in revisiting the comments on this story, a few people expressed some dismay over how unsanitary these dispensers may be. Our own Juliab wrote:

two thoughts i'm all for green hotels, but dispensers always make me feel a little icky like i'm in a public toilet. i doubt they wash the dispenser bit every day, and i just find it a bit gross.

Another reader agreed with her but also went a step further talking about the potential expiration date of the products:

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