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If you’re anything like us (and if you are, you have our sympathy), you will have a tiny fear of hotel toiletries. Of course, they smell delicious. Of course, they might even do wonderful things to your body and your hair. But how can you be sure they’re really hygienic?
It’s a subject we discussed in the comments a couple of weeks ago, but this week, we were pleased to find a potential solution. This is how the Starhotels brand in Italy deals with toiletries. They’ve invented a genius bottle where the lid is also the safety cap:
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(Some of) the toiletries in question
Last week, I stayed in an extremely exclusive hotel in Italy – one of the old-school, iconic ones. It was beautiful – totally over the top, ridiculous décor, old masters in the bar, and hushed, reverent service. The bathroom was an explosion of marble, with large-sized toiletries – Acqua di Parma, should you care to know – by the bath, the shower, and the sink.
Naturally, when it came to check out, I did my usual whipround, collecting notepaper and envelopes, one of the notepads and pens, and most of the toiletries. That’s par for the course, right? It keeps your cupboards fully stocked and helps keep fond memories of the hotel going. Everyone wins.
I checked out, went for a wander, and came back half an hour later. I asked the concierge – who were in charge of the keys – to order me a taxi. He did so, but not before the other concierge had asked him quietly, “Il luogo è apposto?” Is the place ok? “Si, tutt’apposto,” said the other, and gave a slightly embarrassed smile.
And obviously I immediately assumed that the only possible thing they could be talking about in such a covert way was me and the fact that I had filched the stationery and the shampoo, and that they were wondering whether to confront me over it.
The all-suites chain will now feature Giovanni eco-chic products in their bathrooms. The line will include the 50:50 Balanced shampoo and conditioner, CLEANSE moisturizing body wash, HYDRATE body lotion and BATHE moisturizing body bar. The new amenities are available at select Embassy Suites properties but are rolling out to all Embassy Suites soon.
Interestingly, Hilton has done a toiletry survey in which 73 percent of travelers admitted to swiping hotel toiletries.
This is not so unusual. You can look in our bathroom closet right now and see just how much swiping we've done lately. So Embassy Suites knows this line will get swiped and they are ok with that. But the next statistic will really upset you.
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Who would have thought 20 years ago – even 15 – that we would go so ga-ga over hotel toiletries that savvy hotel marketers would list what brand they carry on their websites? Now there’s a new player (playuh – you have to say it right) in town and their products are all American-made.
William Roam was created to take on the task of making hotel toiletries that were not just promoted and sold in the US, but were thought of, sourced and made in America. They currently offer three lines from their head office in Indianapolis: Roam, Float and Sense, each made with fresh ingredients sourced across the country.
Their signature line, Roam, is made with blueberries from Maine, wheatgrass from Kansas and red wine grape extract from Napa Valley and products are packaged in classy-like square bottles. The soap even contains bits of grape fiber and root to gently exfoliate your nutrient-needy skin.
DoubleTree Hotels will be starting the new year in an "active" way--by installing a new toiletry line in all of their hotels called, Aroma Actives.
Previously, DoubleTree carried the Citron line from Crabtree & Eveyln, which they began using in 2011. Before that, DoubleTree used Neutrogena products. #toiletryhistory
Aroma Actives, from London-based Aromatherapy Associates by Geraldine Howard, keeps the natural vibe that DoubleTree has been after since the line is made with natural ingredients and essential oils and promise to "enhance the circulation and boost the radiance and health of the skin." A perfect way to balance out all those DoubleTree cookies you ate at reception perhaps.
The Aroma Actives line at DoubleTree will include body wash, lotion, shampoo, conditioner and bar soap. Want to get Active without booking a room at a DoubleTree? You can start following the hotel brand on Instagram at @DoubleTree to enter to win a set.
The other week we showed off a funky hotel bed, shaped like a wine cask. Today, we're here to tell you that you can now shower with wine during your next hotel stay.
Ok, technically, it's not an actual bottle of wine but rather, a line of hotel toiletries made with anti-oxidant grape extracts. Still, being winos that we are, we're going to latch onto the idea of lathering up with some vino.
The toiletries come from Spanish brand, VIÑALI, which is an organic, vino-cosmetic company and are being distributed by Groupe GM. The line includes shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, bath gel and bar soap. Here's what makes them so classy, like a glass of fine wine:
The products in the VIÑALI amenities range are enriched with organic grape water and organic grape extracts and will give hotel guests an experience as refreshing and detoxifying as it is luxurious. Across the product line, water has been substituted by 100% organic grape water extract rich in resveratrol, VIÑALI’s flagship ingredient, which carries detoxifying properties, essential oils, minerals and trace elements found in the plant which actively promote healthy skin and are environmentally friendly.
In short, you won't get a buzz but you should feel a little more relaxed.
Since the product is brand-new, it's not clear if hotels have picked this item up yet. We'll let you know when someone uncorks it.
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Earlier, we gave you 10 Basic Things a Hotel Must Offer Guests, no matter what the service level, as these basics are the core of any hospitality offering.
Those requirements ranged from security to cleanliness to service responsiveness. However, as the industry has evolved, the needs of guests too, have evolved. The constant demands for technology and customization have elevated the need for hotels across all service levels to keep up with these demands and ensure that they offer them through accessible and affordable options. Here are some of those requirements that have become, The Basics 2.0.
We'll be continually posting new "basics" so if you've got an idea for one, let us know.
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Our name is HotelChatter and we are addicted to hotel toiletries.
Designer, cult, no-name motel brands – we can’t get enough. We stash them away every night in our suitcase, so housekeeping gives us more. We check out with bagfuls of the stuff. We haven’t bought soap or shampoo in years.
Hotel toiletries are the first things that always crop up in those articles that always crop up – the ones asking what is ok and not ok to take from hotel rooms. (Spoiler: it’s always the toiletries and stationery that’s ok, everything else is off limits.)
Recently we’ve noticed a decline in hotel toiletries. Smaller bottles. Fewer restocks. A sparser selection of products. Those wall dispensers that, much as we want to be eco, we can’t quite get around to accepting.
We live, of course, us inhabitants of HotelChatter Towers, surrounded by hotel toiletries (a shoebox of soap, one of shampoo and conditioner, one of body lotion). And we tend to grab them without much thought – it’s hard to remember just where that bottle of CO Bigelow came from, after all.
But, spring cleaning this week, we stumbled upon another shoebox full of body lotion – one collected in happier times, around 2006-2008. Perhaps it’s coincidence, perhaps it’s pre-financial crisis, but we noticed that most of these bottles had been personalized to the hotels – and we had a Proustian moment, there in the bathroom, remembering the various trips.
As expected it is full of "Mama" jokes. Well, actually, the skincare line itself is full of organic goodness made by Absolution Cosmetics like aloe, almond and sesame. The products are also without paraben, PE, phthalates, fragrance, synthetic dye, and aggressive surfactants. And they are made in France, to boot. (A 200ml bottle costs 14 Euros.)
But what really catches our eye are the names of the products. There are actually only three products--an all-in-one cleansing wash for face, body and hair; a body cream; and soap, but with the exception of the body cream, they all have different mama sayings..
Mama Loves You From Head to Toe
Mama Likes to Keep It Pure
Mama Wants To Cream You Up (Face and body cream)
Mama Loves You From Top to Bottom
Mama Only Wants What's Best for You
Mama Says Its Totally Natural
Getting clean has never felt so dirty.
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So when it came to introduce a new line of bathroom amenities, the hotel had to go beyond the bland, diminutive plastic bottle. Instead, they collaborated with branding expert Richard Pandsicio and French illustrator Jean Philippe Delhomme, who've done a couple of other cheeky branding and caricature projects for the hotel from the website to hotel stationary and adverts.
But while you may not think much of the stationary stashed in a drawer, you will certainly notice the illustrations on the toiletry bottles which include a topless lady combing her hair (conditioner) and a man reading the paper in the bathtub (body wash.) And what's inside the bottles are note-worthy too as the products come from La Bottega, an Italian manufacturer.
Rates at The Mark start at $745 a night this weekend for a superior courtyard view room. We say grab all the toiletry bottles you can on your stay!
[Photo: The Mark]
Regardless of whether it's a huge resort or a small inn, bathroom amenities are so commonplace now that we simply expect them to be by the sink in every room. But next time you come across Aveda products at a hotel, don't take them for granted. As it turns out, not all conditioners are easy to come by.
As a male contributor on this site, I sometimes have a hard time understanding all the hype over our stories on toiletry products. Consider me a changed man. On a recent stay at the Inn at Lost Creek in Telluride, I learned that carrying certain brands isn't as easy as just calling up and ordering them.
Aveda, for example, requires properties to complete an application to purchase its products, which includes three pages of environmental analysis. A spokesperson for the company said it all goes back to the green beliefs of its original founder, and that a lot of the questions revolve around the idea of recycling and ecological policies of the hotel. Do you have recycling cans in your lobby? Do you recycle towels? Do you have someone who oversees your recycling programs?
When Gramercy Park Hotel first opened in 2006, the hotel prided itself on its hodgepodge of bath toiletries which were hand-picked by the editors at Allure magazine. Fast forward eight years, and the Gramercy Park Hotel has gone a different but still luxe route with Aesop skincare products.
The Melbourne-based line (also found at some Park Hyatt hotels) uses plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients of the highest quality, which sound like they will actually help out your skin and hair during your stay. Here's what can now be found in the bathrooms at GPH:
· Rind Concentrate Body Balm - An intensive hydrating body balm with orange peel, pink grapefruit and lemon rind to hydrate, soothe and cool.
· Body Cleansing Soap Slab - A soap slab rich with steam-distilled extracts of bergamot rind, ylang ylang and wild lime. Combined in a gentle soap, the trio effectively cleans and hydrates the skin.
· Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser - An exhilarating, low-foaming shower gel with geranium leaf to cleanse without drying. It's an ideal alternative to conventional soap that leaves skin clean and refreshed.
· Classic Shampoo/Classic Conditioner - Lather with rosemary leaf, cedarwood bark and juniper berryent then condition with bergamot mint, cedarwood bark and lavender stem. Aesop's hair care products are inspired by new ingredients that cleanse without stripping the hair of its natural protective oils and condition to improve appearance and make hair more manageable. Both guard against breakage while working to soften, add shine and hydrate the hair.
Rates at GPH start around $450 a night.
[Photo: Gramercy Park Hotel]