Fashion Butlers, Porsche Test Drives, And Other Over-The-Top Hotel Perks
Baccarat Hotel New York
This opulent Midtown hotel offers guests who book the Prestige, Harcourt, or Baccarat suites complimentary hair blowouts from 5–7 p.m. daily. Suite guests also receive a complimentary package of La Mer beauty products from the hotel’s La Mer Spa, the first of its kind for the luxe skincare line.
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Four Seasons George V
Guests of this iconic luxury hotel in Paris can learn to make expertly crafted cocktails during a private lesson by head barman Grégory Hazac. During the one-hour course, held once a month, Hazac demonstrates how to make both classic and modern cocktails such as Cosmopolitans and Dry Martinis, along with a few of his own personal recipes. The cocktail course is available to guests and diners at the hotel’s Le Cinq restaurant.
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Mandarin Oriental Miami
When packing and unpacking seems like too much trouble, guests of this Brickell Key hotel can simply call up the “Fashion Butler.” The butler will arrange clothing in whatever order the guest prefers, or if a new outfit is needed, can coordinate a personal shopping experience in-suite with Miami boutiques such as The Webster, Joanna Paige, and The Weekender.
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By the end of the year, all Peninsula hotels will offer Beats by Dre items to guests during their stay, including the Studio Wireless headphones, Powerbeats Wireless earphones, and a Beats Pill speaker. Concierges hand-deliver the items to the room and offer a quick tutorial—though no word on whether they suggest playlists.
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Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Guests in the hacienda-style rooms of Rancho Valencia near San Diego have the chance to test drive three different Porsche models during their stay: a 911 convertible, a Panamera Hybrid, and a Cayenne GTS. The speedy cars are available for up to four hours a day, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Guests can then consult with the Porsche-certified concierge on site if they want to drive one home.
The Connaught, London
"At The Connaught in Mayfair, the wardrobes in every suite come stocked with Burberry trench coats free for guests to use throughout their stay," Krisanne Fordham reported for Traveler. "'The weather in England has been known to feature rain, wind, cold, or all three,' reads the tag on the coat. 'Fortunately, this country is also home to the classic Burberry trench coat. Here is one to use during your stay.' If the coat provided isn't the correct fit, guests can call reception and the perfect coat will be personally fitted in-suite."
Courtesy Maybourne Hotel Group
Cordis, Hong Kong
Cordis, a new brand from Langham Hotels aimed at business travelers, gives every guest complimentary "handy"—in name and use—smartphones, with free local service to use during their stay. The phones are also pre-loaded with several apps, including a currency converter and MTR train maps, and are equipped with 3G data connectivity, enabling guests to hop onto Wi-Fi networks anywhere in Hong Kong.
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The London West Hollywood
Guests who book the stunning bi-level penthouse suite at the London West Hollywood, designed by fashion icon Vivienne Westwood, will receive his and her leather wallets, each packaged in their own box and delivered in a Vivienne Westwood shopping bag. An hour of private shopping at the designer's West Hollywood boutique with special discounts on purchases is also included.
Courtesy The London West Hollywood
Atlantis, The Palm Hotel & Resort, Dubai
Splurging on an Underwater Suite at this Dubai resort not only gets you floor-to-ceiling views of the Ambassador Lagoon, which contains more than 65,000 fish and other sea life, but also includes a dining room for six, butler service, a complimentary connecting room, airport transfers, two head-neck-shoulder massages per stay, two 30-minute personal training sessions, two Dolphin Encounters at Dolphin Bay, and unlimited access to Atlantis’ Lost Chambers Aquarium and Aquaventure Waterpark.