The most outrageous hotel amenities

What is the first thing that most guests investigate when they walk through their hotel room door? The freebies! From the treats you find next to the bathroom sink to the evening mint left on your pillow, there’s nothing more exciting than getting something for nothing. All around the world hotels are thinking of new and innovative ways to pamper their guests, whether it is with a personalised concierge service or teddy bears to cuddle with at night. So, what are some of the best hotel freebies in the world? Read on to find out…

Fragrance Butler, Hotel Georgia Vancouver

If you spend your evenings fretting about what fragrance to perfume yourself with, fear not, as the Hotel Georgia’s Fragrance Butler is on hand to make sure you smell fresh as a daisy. Select from a tray of fragrant aromas, or have your butler suggest an appropriate scent for whatever occasion you’re attending, even if it’s just a quick dip in the pool.

Beach Concierge, James Royal Palm Miami

Relaxation is the name of the game at the James Royal Palm Miami. Whether you are sunning yourself on the beach or by one of the hotel’s two pools, you will always be well catered for. Each guest is provided with a James Beach Box, which contains everything you need to stay cool whilst sunbathing, including fresh fruit, water and hand sanitising wipes. Keep cool throughout the day with the unlimited fresh fruit on offer, soaked in tequila of course, and take advantage of the Sun Concierge, who will fetch any forgotten items from your room and ensure you get an even tan.

Pop-up Bar, LUX* Le Morne Mauritius

The LUX* hotel collection is renowned for its quirky personality, providing guests with an unforgettable stay. Arguably the most popular feature of the hotel is its mysterious pop-up bar, which changes its location on a daily basis. The hotel’s red telephone box is also a favourite, as guests can make complimentary phone calls back home to their loved ones – presumably to tell them about the amazing pop-up bar.

Monogrammed Deliciousness, Armani Hotel Milano

One of the things which make any hotel stand out is their attention to detail and personalised facilities. Monogrammed hotel amenities are an excellent way to make guests feel as if they’re staying somewhere truly special – especially if what’s been monogrammed is also edible! At the Armani Hotel Milano guests will be greeted with a box of cookies, embossed with the hotel logo – what a delicious way to begin your stay!

Rubber Duckies, Jumeirah at Ethiad Towers Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is known for doing everything bigger and better than anywhere else in the world – and this extends to their hospitality too. Among the city’s many luxurious hotels resides the Jumeirah at Ethiad Towers, where bath time is enhanced by the addition of rubber toys to play with! Kids (and adults) will love frolicking with the green sea turtle mascots, which are based on the local endangered turtles in Abu Dhabi.

Amy Labbadia is a travel writer for the luxury tour operator Wanderforth.

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