Great Hotel Mini-Bars
Published: April 2009
By Stirling Kelso
Forget peanuts and M&M’s. We scoured the globe for great in-room treats that really give you a sense of where you are.
The mini-bars at Hotel Monaco stock one of Portland’s best beers: Drop Top Amber Ale ($5), made at a partially wind-powered brewery near the waterfront. Doubles from $239.
Set in the countryside, Twin Farms has free snacks that change seasonally, like this fall cheddar from Grafton Valley Cheese Co., 70 miles away. Doubles from $1,200.
To help support the Doi Tung produce co-op, run by 27 area villages and tribes, Anantara Golden Triangle carries its fair-trade nuts ($2) and coffee beans ($3). Doubles from $430.
Seattle’s Alexis Hotel gives complimentary boxes of Chukar’s iconic chocolate-covered cherries (sold at Pike Place Market) to anyone who knows to ask. Doubles from $339.
Nana Mae’s heirloom apple juices and Woodhouse handmade chocolates from neighboring St. Helena are two of the many free in-room items at Napa Valley’s Calistoga Ranch. Doubles from $720.
Manoir Hovey, 1 1/2 hours east of Montreal, taps nearby maple farms to create its syrup ($10). The sweet stuff is also found in the hotel’s hazelnut granola ($8). Doubles from $265.
Rose-flavored Santa Maria Novella liqueurs ($53), originally distilled by monks in a 1612 Florentine pharmacy, are on offer at the new Four Seasons Firenze. Doubles from $710.
Both Fairmont hotels in Bermuda supply all the ingredients—Barritt’s Stone Ginger Beer ($3.50), Gosling’s Black Seal Rum ($8), and a glass—for the island’s classic cocktail, the Dark ’n Stormy. fairmont.com; doubles from $299.
Blancaneaux Lodge’s peanut-and-honey granola bars ($1.75) are made in the town of San Ignacio, 23 miles from the property. Doubles from $250.
Once a Mayan herbal remedy—and now a favorite margarita mixer—sweet-lemon–flavored Damiana Liqueur ($33) from Baja is kept on ice at Las Ventanas al Paraíso, in Los Cabos. Doubles from $1,000.
The classic Tempranillo Reserva ($35) and Rueda Verdejo ($24) are both produced at Marqués de Riscal’s on-site winery. Doubles from $460.