25 of the Coolest Hotel Amenities, From Pie Turndown Service to Bookmarks That Turn Into Wildflowers
Hotels are going far beyond the typical coffee machines and turndown service with chocolates that travelers are used to, and making amenities more personalized and eclectic.
Travel + Leisure has pulled together some of the coolest amenities guests can find at properties around the world, from a hotel that serves a fresh piece of pie each night to one that has in-room beer taps.
Here are the hotel amenities that can upgrade your stay from good to great.
Pie Turndown Service
At the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast in Salisbury Mills, New York, guests who book a stay in September can enjoy a fresh piece of pie as part of turndown service each night. The pie service starts after Labor Day and runs through the end of the month, with fresh pies baked daily (including cherry, cream, apple and more).
In-room Beer Taps and Shower Mini-fridges
In 2018, BrewDog opened The DogHouse, the world’s first craft beer hotel, located inside their Columbus, Ohio brewery. Guests can enjoy beer all day long thanks to in-room beer taps and showers that come with adjacent mini-fridges.
Puzzle Turndown Service
At Twin Farms, in Barnard, Vermont, guests can get a unique and seasonally crafted puzzle to take home thanks to a partnership with Stave Puzzles. The puzzle company is known for its intricate and handcrafted wooden puzzles.
An Elevator Bartender
At the W Los Angeles — West Beverly Hills, guests who step into the hotel’s elevator on Saturday evenings will find a Sip N Lift Cocktail Caddy. The in-elevator bartender mixes cocktails from the hotel’s dining venues including STK Los Angeles and The Living Room Bar.
In-room Arcade Games
At the Curtis Denver, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, guests get DoubleTree's standard warm chocolate chip cookies. For an added nostalgic experience, book a stay at the hotel’s video game suite, one of several themed suites that includes a Donkey Kong arcade game in the room, alongside Mario-inspired wall decorations and more. Some of the other themed rooms include a disco room, complete with lava lamps, to the big hair room, where guests can sit in their own salon chairs.
A Broadway Experience
Thanks to the Chatwal’s location just steps from New York’s Theater District, guests staying at the property can take advantage of its Broadway Experience, which includes an in-room dress up trunk for youngsters filled with items from popular theater shows with items like the genie lamp from “Aladdin,” Elsa’s crown from “Frozen,” and Harry Potter’s wand.
The hotel also offers an afternoon tea with a Broadway theme, with pastries designed around shows like “Aladdin,” “Frozen,” and “The Lion King.” Afternoon tea prices start at $95 for two.
At the Betsy-South Beach, a family-owned luxury boutique hotel in Miami’s Art Deco district, art is weaved into every stay. Through the hotel’s turndown amenities, guests receive nightly bookmarks made out of a combination of recycled paper and wildflower seeds.
Guitars and Sheet Music
With “The Rock Stars and Guitars” program at the Edgewater, Seattle's only over-water hotel, guests can enjoy their own acoustic or electric guitars along with sheet music from artists like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, Van Halen, and Pearl Jam. The hotel has hosted musical legends including members of The Beatles and KISS. The hotel also has a “Hey! Be a DJ!” program to check out record players and records from groups like The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Who, Beastie Boys, and Willie Nelson.
Celebrity Wake-up Calls
For a wake-up call you’ll never forget, opt for a stay at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort. The resorts “Waking with the Stars” amenity treats guests to a special wake-up call from famed musicians like Kellie Picker, Vince Gill, and Trace Adkins.
In-room Cocktails Stations
All of the guest rooms and suites at the Troubadour Hotel New Orleans, Tapestry Collection by Hilton come with a cocktail station so that guests can mix drinks in their own room. The station includes a recipe for the hotel’s signature cocktail (made of bourbon, old fashioned mix, and San Pellegrino Blood Orange), as well as other liquor, bitters, and tumbler cups with straws for guests to take their drinks with them.
Hunter Boots and Outerwear
The Weekapaug Inn in Rhode Island is a nature lover’s paradise, and an on-site naturalist leads excursions like stargazing, biking, and bird watching for guests. To help guests get ready to head out, the hotel has a Hunter Borrowing Closet with Hunter boots and outerwear options for adults and children.
At St. Regis properties, one of the traditions is champagne sabering, which dates back to the days of Napoleon. Sabering, the act of opening champagne bottles using a saber or sword, is celebrated in different ways depending on the property.
Fresh Coffee and a Sloth Sanctuary
At the Nayara Springs resort in Costa Rica, guests can pick their own coffee beans at a local farm, which they then bring to the hotel’s espresso bar to roast. Blends can be bagged to take home. Meanwhile, the resort’s sister property, Nayara Resort Spa and Gardens, is home to a sloth sanctuary.
Las Alcobas Napa Valley offers guests the ability to create customized aromatherapy blends as part of its experience at the Atrio spa. The spa, which focuses on treatments based on ancient healing techniques, also includes an apothecary-style aromatherapy blending bar. The amenity is available when booking any massage experience.
Burberry Trench Coats
Guests staying at properties under the Maybourne Hotel Group, including Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley, can look stylish on their vacation with complimentary Burberry trench coats. The coats, available to use during stays, are located in the wardrobe of the hotel’s suites once guests arrive, and guests who want to purchase a coat can also request one (which the hotel will order from the nearest Burberry store location).
The Lanesborough is the only hotel in London that offers butler service for every room. One of the lesser known amenities guests can request from their butler is a complimentary popcorn service. Sweet and savory popcorn selections come straight to the room on a silver tray.
In-room Workouts and Meditation
Instead of heading to the hotel gym, guests staying at the Dream Downtown property in New York can get workouts straight in their room thanks to a partnership with Melissa Wood Health, created by certified yoga and Pilates instructor and wellness coach Melissa Wood-Tepperberg.
Spice Sessions With Master Chefs
Guests at the Oberoi Rajvilas Jaipur can learn more about the spices used in Rajasthani dishes they’ll taste during their stay in the property’s weekly spice talk sessions. During the one-hour session, guests learn about the secrets of herbs and spices used to cook traditional cuisine from the hotel’s master chefs. The hotel recommends calling in advance.
Staying connected with friends and family can get tricky when dealing with international plans, which is where hotels like the Almanac Barcelona come in, offering complimentary iPhones in each room that guests can use to make calls and to connect with the hotel’s team during their stay. Several other properties also offer complimentary phones to guests, including at the Dorsett Mongkok, Hong Kong, where guests get free smartphones with unlimited data, complimentary local and international calls to select locations, and a personal Wi-Fi hotspot.
A BMW SUV
Travelers who book either the Anchorage House at the Wauwinet or the lofts at White Elephant will get access to a BMW 760L SUV for the duration of their stay — a perfect way to explore the island and its 82 miles of coastline.
In-room Plant Menus
The Halcyon hotel in Denver lets guests bring the greenery right into their rooms with its in-room plant menu. Guests can choose from a menu of plants they’d like to care for in their room, and each plant includes directions on its care and where to place it inside the room.
In-room Matcha Kits
At the Woodlark in Portland, Oregon, guests are provided with matcha making kits from the Steven Smith Teamaker Company. The kit includes everything needed to make matcha concoctions.
Handwritten Love Letters
The five-star lakeside Grand Hotel Tremezzo, in Lake Como, offers guests a historic look into the property’s past with its turndown service. Each night, guests receive love letters written by hotel guests in the 1970s. The letters were discovered behind the wallpaper of a secret wardrobe in the hotel and kept as a family secret for years before the owners incorporated them into stays.
Local Orange Juice
Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa might not be the only hotel to offer guests freshly-squeezed orange juice each day, but thanks to the property’s location across 45 acres of gardens, olive and orange groves in San Diego, California, the oranges come straight from the property's on-site groves.
Detox Happy Hours and Mini Ice Cream Cone Platters
Every day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Arlo Hotels host complimentary happy hours with wine, beer, and a rotating menu of light bites from the hotel’s restaurants. The happy hour is meant to be a digital detox, inviting guests to take time away from their devices. Guests staying at Arlo Soho can also stop into its restaurant, Harold’s, where every meal ends with a complimentary ice cream platter with mini cones topped with sprinkles.