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If scent truly is the strongest evoker of memories, then Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is sure to create some new ones with this “smelly in a good way” addition to their amenities package.
Earlier this year, the luxury hotelier unleashed its Fragrance Butler Program on the world, making one’s travel experience just a wee bit easier and a lot more refined. Nine of its properties – from Vancouver to Jeddah – are currently participating in the program.
Here’s how it works: You’ve just flown from New York to Vancouver – that’s almost 2,500 miles – and you’re feeling rather weary and, let’s just say it, not as fresh as you might like. But you have exactly one hour to check into Rosewood’s Hotel Georgia, get settled, and be at your first engagement. You pretty much have to choose between a decent shower or a decent nap. If you’re like us, a nap always comes first (‘cause hey – how many showers in one day can one person possibly need?).
We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our newest series, What is This? is devoted to odd-looking items in hotel rooms that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.
The lobby of The Ritz-Carlton Santiago smells so good. So so good. It smells lovely enough that we had to ask the hotel staff what exactly was this spicy, musky scent that we would have rubbed all over ourselves, were it a lotion or perfume. Though they didn't quite know, they did show us where exactly it was coming from.
A bulge in the lobby curtain hid a small black box machine, subtly pumping out the scent into the space. It's a diffuser, and easily overlooked unless, like us, you're super nerdy about hotels and design details.
So now you know.
Not too long ago, we tracked down (with the help of equally obsessed readers) the proprietary citron scent that wafts through the hallways and guestrooms of W Hotels but when we strolled into the W Scottsdale not too long ago, we stopped in our tracks, looked at our friend and at the same time, we both said, "Ohh...that smell." And the "Ohh" part was said in a very good way.
Turns out each W Hotel also has its own specialty lobby scent and at the W Scottsdale, theirs is a vanilla bourbon scent. Which perhaps sums of the place just perfectly--a chill spot that's a little wild and naughty too.
Have a favorite hotel smell you can't get enough of? Tell us in comments below!w
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Earlier this month, we learned about a new partnership between New York-based perfume house Le Labo and Fairmont Hotels—the biggest hotel undertaking Le Labo has ever attempted. We know how particular everyone can be about their hotel toiletries. Some like them sweet-smelling, some like them eco-friendly, and some don't bother with them at all.
But today, while reporting on the new Le Labo line at Fairmont, MSNBC happened to interview an individual who admitted he and his fiancee chose Boston's Liberty Hotel as the site of their wedding "in large part because they provide Molton Brown products in the rooms." Nevermind the actual, like...you know, beds.
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So remember last year when we finally tracked down the original scent that wafts through W Hotels? You know, W Scent No. 5 which no one can buy, let alone see? Well, a tipster just let us know it's now for sale...on eBay.
Yup, if you just happen to be perusing some of the 20,000 Missoni for Target items on eBay, you can also throw in this "rare" bottle of W for just $150. Or you can place a bid for it starting at $125.
All we know about this scent is that it's a citron scent and it's what housekeeping uses once they cleaned up the room after a guest leaves. It doesn't sound that special but apparently, some folks have gone gaga over the smell like this reader.
While we're all about owning unique, one of a kind items, we're not so sure the scent of a W is worth upwards of $125. We'll just settle for the Sicilian Fig candle for 25 bucks instead.
What's that smell? Well, it depends on what month it is!
It's no secret here that HotelChatter is a little obsessed with hotel scents as we've been chronicling who smells like what for some time now. And now we've got a whiff of what the upcoming Shore Hotel in Santa Monica will smell like.
According to our top nose, the hotel is going to use a different scent each month. This immediately had us wondering if the hotel would smell like a Pumpkin Spice Latte since opening day is October 1, prime fall time.
But alas, the hotel is going to start off with "fresh" scents for the opening and then transition into seasonal ones. So will the hotel smell like turkey and cranberry in November and pine trees in December? We can only hope!
If you want to sniff out the Shore Hotel when it opens, rooms are currently avail on October 7 for a special grand opening rate of $220 a night. (That's actually down a lot from when we last looked too!)
Now, this is something that's been on our minds for a while now, ever since we first visited the Dream Downtown. Though at the time, it was more like a nagging thought in the back of our minds—call it a persistent unease—that something wasn't quite right.
We're talking, of course, about the cloying, slightly church-like fragrance that permeates every corner of the Dream's bubble-icious lobby. If you've walked through those heavy wooden doors, even just for a second, then you'll know what we mean...
The other week we got hotel key card collectors in a tizzy over the UNLOCK Art key cards from Le Meridien Hotels which not only open the hotel rooms to guests but also gives them complimentary access to art museums and cultural centers near by.
This is just one of the ways that Le Meridien has been reaching out to what they call the "Creative Class." But what exactly is the Creative Class and who would feel most at home at a Le Meridien hotel? We put forth these questions and more to Carlos Becil, vice president of North American brand management for Le Meridien. Check out what he has to say about Le Meridien's artist roots, the signature LM01 scent and the brand's plans for "creative hubs" in the lobbies in our Q&A below.
HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be telling us about some of the coolest hotel jobs out there. He reached out across the globe to talk to the dynamic folks who do everything from wrangling elephants (and guests!) to designing the latest high-tech gadgetry for your next guest room. So check back every day to see who he’s talking to next.
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You've got 12 days until Christmas and if you're still struggling to find the perfect gift for the hotel lover in your life, we've got some good gift ideas for you. Once again, we've gone through some of our favorite hotel products from the past year and picked out the ones
we'd like to receive er, we think would make great gifts--whether for stocking stuffers or to open on Christmas morn. So let's get shopping!
1. Keychains from "Hotel" Marc: : We kicked off 2010 coveting, and eventually owning, these Hotel Marc keychains from fashion designer Marc Jacobs. Sadly, there is no Hotel Marc...yet but with the proliferation of fashion hotels these days, we don't think Hotel MJ is far behind. Until then, you can buy leather versions for just $13. You can choose from the script lettering or the bolder print. Both keyrings say "Since 1984" on the back.
Where to Buy: MarcJacobs.com.
For some, this ScentWave system is a torture device.
Yesterday, we got all excited to learn that we could make our own home smell exactly like a Westin Hotel by buying a crazy ScentWave system that would pump white green tea all day long. But not everyone loves these hotel scents we keep huffing. Here a reader shares her odoriferous pain:
Please help: I'm dying: I have asthma and I'm running out of places to stay.
Westin Hotels spray cheap perfume in their lobby (Madrid), Ritz Carlton Miami Beach has cheap perfume in the air conditioning in ALL public areas... more and more hotels are doing this....
I was in MB on business and emailed ahead to make sure NO perfume was used and was told it was "safe" for me to come... when I went to check in I almost brought up!! (Ed. Note. We think she meant "throw up.")
What can be done, it is an epidemic. I will write letters if you can tell me who it is that I should write to at the Ritz Chain and the Starwoods chain.
In Madrid, at least, the hotel manager was able to disengage the odour, but at the Ritz they said they could not disable the airconditioner atomizer (OMG) Thank you for your help.
We know some of you are obsessed with the scents that waft through hotels, so we were tickled to get an email from a company that's responsible for scenting these places, Scent Air. Their tagline is: "Aromas trigger memories. Memories influence emotions. Emotions dictate reactions."
While hotels usually get to come up with their signature scent, ScentAir is the company that's responsible for pumping the smell throughout the hotel. Here's a bit on their website of how they make all those Westin Hotels smell so good:
Strategically positioned at entrances to greet guests as they arrive, ScentWave scent delivery systems offer a light and refreshing White Tea welcome in Westin hotels worldwide. Westin has taken the idea of sensory branding and signature scent to a whole new level. They now offer candles, oils and even a home version of the ScentWave system to consumers; all of which deliver their custom developed White Tea fragrance.