When a chocolate on your pillow just won’t do.
A welcome drink on arrival, fluffy bathrobes and slippers in the room, a fully-stacked mini-bar, and a pillow menu for happy snoozing—hotels think of everything, and then some! Depending on where you are staying and how much you paid for it, you can expect a personalized welcome note from the manager, complimentary snacks and fruits, and even your framed photograph on the bedside. All this is pretty regular now, so we have found hotel room amenities that go one step further and make you want to change your address permanently.
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The InternContinental Kuala Lumpur has a prime location next to the Petronas Twin Towers, but it’s what’s inside that’s impressive. The luxury hotel has 473 rooms and multiple spaces for dining and events. If you get a chance to visit the Malaysian city on a splurge-worthy budget, then definitely book the Royal Suite, which is as indulgent as it gets with a bathtub, a rain shower, a kitchenette, and a living room. Big stress on that massage chair, which has the power to delay all your plans to get out of the suite!
Dog Bed and Bowls
Pet-friendly hotels are lovely. What’s lovelier is the service they offer to these pawsome guests. The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village, Florida has no extra fee for pets (unless they damage something). Like the super-comfy Heavenly Beds that are a Westin signature for guests, the resort offers a Heavenly Dog Bed for pets and floor mat and food/water bowls upon request.
Midnight Snacks and More
Ovolo is a fairly young brand, in age and in spirit. At their hotels in Hong Kong and Australia, the mini-bar is free; there are complimentary snacks and coffee in the lobby; there’s a social hour every day; breakfast is free. You will also find a self-service laundry room at these hotels. With the Day Pass at Ovolo Woolloomooloo, you can even check in for the day and turn your room into your workspace with a complimentary mini-bar and a personal printing assistant.
Donkey Kong Arcade
The Curtis Hotel in Denver has a fun vibe, thanks to the pop culture theme running throughout. It has 13 themed floors with shiny, colorful surprises everywhere. What you’d love is a wake-up call from Elvis and the hyper-themed rooms. There’s room for every pop culture fan here at Ghostbusters, Barbie, Star Trek, Chick flick, and Talk Show rooms. The Video Game room may be a dream come true for old-time gamers who always wanted a Donkey Kong arcade in their room!
Move aside clawfoot bathtubs and Jacuzzis, this hotel in Japan has two onsens (natural hot springs, rich in minerals) in the room—one open-air and one indoor. Zaborin is a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn that offered good quality meals and communal onsens) located in Hokkaido. The ryokan is encompassed by the birchwoods, so when you’re relaxing in your onsen, you see the mountains, the woods unhindered.
Because why wouldn’t you have one? Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort is a family-friendly luxury resort that’s designed to make holidays easier for parents. What’s really thoughtful for parents is to have a baby concierge to pre-book complimentary equipment including door protectors, cots, baby baths, sterilizers, potties, and even safety gates. The resort in Portugal also has tons of facilities for kids, such as kids’ clubs, activity programs, a game room, and academies.
The turndown service at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa is designed for the young ones—the staff at this ski resort prepares an in-room campsite with a tent and sleeping bag and there are kiddie pajamas for them to wear to bed. Kids have much to do at the resort during the day too. There’s a game room, outdoor playground and lawn games, and a pool.
Round-the-clock host service, complimentary equipment, beach bag, towels, and slippers, bicycles, pillow, and soap menus… Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas really knows how to win you over. Another spectacular offering (part of their spa treatments) is their in-villa Slumber Guru service, because a chocolate on the pillow is just not enough in this paradise. This is a 90-minute ritual, with a soak in an oil bath in candlelight, a massage with lavender essential oils, and slumber-inspiring music to help you get a good night’s rest. Sheets are high thread-count, your preference of pillow is misted with a relaxing scent, and you have a silk eye mask to block out the world—now that’s a bedtime routine you wouldn’t mind repeating every night.
Forget the 24/7 butler service, or the professional packing and unpacking service, or the Hermès amenities, or the Jacuzzi, or the pillow menu and Egyptian cotton sheets. Dubai’s Burj al Arab offers a Macbook Pro to its Deluxe Suite guests (on request) and an iMac in other suites. It’s the same hotel that went viral for its 24-carat gold iPads in rooms back in 2013.
Raffles Istanbul has tons of amenities for its suite guests: a dedicated butler, a bathtub, his/her vanity, a full bar and welcome treats, a living and dining area, major tech (a tablet that controls lighting and large-screen TV), and floor-to-ceiling windows with beautiful views of the Bosphorous or the city. But the celebrity favorite Raffles Suite takes it to another level with complimentary helicopter transfers, personalized bathrobes, champagne, tickets to Zorlu Performing Arts Centre, personalized stationery, kids’ VIP room, and private chef’s table. Our favorite part? The grand piano in the two-bedroom suite—the epitome of luxury!