Amazing Free Things You Can Score at Luxury Hotels
The best things in life are free—particularly if they're coming from some of the world’s ritziest hotels.
Even if you've already shelled out top dollar for luxurious accommodations, getting a luxe little something for free can make your stay that much sweeter. While complimentary Wi-Fi and mini bars are nice, some gratis designer duds are even better. Forget stealing those little bottles of shampoo and conditioner—these five hotels provide their guests with some of the most lavish takeaways ever:
Kahala Hotel & Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii
Presidents, celebrities, and international royalty have been visiting this legendary hideaway for years—which is why they don't just offer your typical toiletries. Book a suite for access to white sand beaches, stunning ocean views, a plethora of spa services, and—yes—free Bulgari beauty products. Known for their high-end jewelry, the company made these aromatic luxury products for the most discerning of customers.
Langham Place in New York, New York
Manhattan is home to some of the world's most well-regarded works of art. While Langham Place, Fifth Avenue will gladly direct clientele to any number of galleries; the hotel has offers a little something extra for those little guests still working off an allowance. The "Little Collectors" package includes a stay in a Family Place Room or Family Suite, as well as a complimentary framed limited edition print and signed copy of David Levinthal's book, "Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty."
The Grand Amore Hotel and Spa in Florence, Italy
This 11-room luxury boutique is all about creating that ultimate personalized experience. Before arrival, guests fill out a pre-check-in questionnaire that covers everything from preferred mattress type to favorite flower. With such one-on-one attention, it's no surprise that guests receive a departure gift that is both totally unique and completely tailored to them. One couple received an antique cigarette case from the 1930s and a '60s vintage Gucci tie, while other guests have been gifted Ferragamo, Pucci, and Cavalli foulards.
The Upper House in Hong Kong, China
It might just be enough that their mini bar (or, as they call it, the "Maxi Bar") is free, but The Upper House ups the ante when guests book Studio 70 rooms. What's included: an in-room manicure or pedicure from the city's top salon—using Christian Louboutin nail polish, no less—and a complimentary card holder from the brand to stand out in that next business meeting.
The Gritti Palace in Venice, Italy
Complimentary robes and slippers are always a nice added touch, but this former noble residence on Venice's Grand Canal goes one step further. Those staying in suites receive handmade slippers courtesy of the Venetian fabric company—and the palace's interior decorator—Rubelli. And, just to make sure guests feel a little more like royalty, the hotel stocks bathrooms with Acqua di Parma amenities. (That tiny bottle of shower gel retails for $74.)