T+L Reports: What's Next, Jeeves?
Published: May 2009
Gone are the days when concierges were expected to simply secure tables at vaunted restaurants. Over the past two years, hotels have introduced bath butlers to choose bubbles and water sommeliers to explain the difference between Evian and Fiji. Lately, even more inventive services are on offer. JUICE IT UP: At the new Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grand Lakes (4012 Central Florida Pkwy.; 407/529-2255; doubles from $199), a citrus steward mixes individually designed fruit concoctions. LIGHT YOUR FIRE: The Ritz-Carlton, Boston (15 Arlington St.; 617/536-5700; doubles with fireplaces from $425) has a concierge to prepare in-room hearths with one of four scented woods. GO TO BED: A shut-eye expert at the Benjamin (125 E. 50th St., New York; 212/715-2500; doubles from $460) chooses from 11 types of pillows, based on your sleep patterns. PARK THE KIDS: A Kid-sierge is on staff at nine U.S. Park Hyatt Hotels (800/778-7477) to put together youth oriented itineraries. hire a trainer: Body concierges at the BodyHoliday at LeSport (St. Lucia; 800/544-2883 or 758/457-7819; doubles $500) take fitness fanatics through strenuous regimens. Willing guests can expect washboard abs.