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Travel consumers can choose from a dizzying array of lodging options for upcoming trips. Even within the luxury lodging category, choices seem unlimited.
To distinguish themselves from competitors, luxury hotels offer free amenities. Wi-fi really should be free. Same with breakfast or at least tea and coffee. Am I right? Oh, and beach resorts providing beach chairs and umbrellas should also be standard.
Luxury hotels, luxury resorts, and luxury properties tailor and customize experiences or offer unique amenities in order to attract a discerning and affluent audience. Ultra luxury properties step up their game even more to provide really lavish amenities for their guests. Helicopter pick ups and Rolls Royce transfers might even be a starting point to attract the most elite traveler.
With all that said, I compiled this list of fun, cool luxury hotel FREE amenities. Perhaps this will inspire you to consider researching more elegant properties for an upcoming trip. Please let me know of other Great Cool Luxury Hotel Free Amenities.
Thank you and Travel Happy!
Cool Luxury Hotel Free Amenities
Inn on Fifth, Naples, Florida
In the heart of the action on Fifth Avenue in Naples, Florida, guests at Inn on Fifth receive complimentary shuttle service within 2 miles of the property. Not just plain old shuttle vans either. Ride in their super duper upscale golf cart (to circumvent traffic jams), or in the Expedition large SUV, or in the Tesla (for Club Level guests).
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, Pennsylvania
The slogan at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is Expect the Unexpected and I sure did not expect to see dozens of exotic animals at a luxury resort. An optional paid experience permits you to feed lions, tigers (including a white Bengal), a mountain lion, and livestock (goats and longhorns) but anyone can walk around to see them. My highlight was seeing the rare white American bison. She, named Lightning, is sacred to Native Americans, who make pilgrimages to merely witness her presence.
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort
The Broadwalk (yes, Broadwalk, not Boardwalk) in Hollywood, Florida is ideal for lollygagging away a half hour or an entire day. Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort guests can (and should!) borrow a super fun beach cruiser (with epic parrot horn) and lollygag in style. The horn comes in handy when all of those tourists covered in oil dare stroll in your bike lane.
Epicurean, Tampa, Florida
Another luxury property with loaner bicycles is Epicurean Hotel in Tampa. It is OK to get distracted by the chocolate shop and wine store in the lobby. In fact, with all of the amazing restaurants nearby (Bern Steakhouse, Haven, and more), a bike ride might be just the thing you need. Ride along nearby Bayshore Boulevard for fresh salt air and through adjacent Hyde Park neighborhood to check out the majestic houses.
The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Florida
The pool at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove provides an oasis after your day of business meetings or power sightseeing. While packing for your trip to South Florida, though, save time, money, valuable packing space, and potential mess, by leaving the suntan lotion at home. Why? Because the property offers complimentary suntan lotion. Brilliant!
The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Florida
Attend a free tequila tasting at 6pm (every day) at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. Or if you have too much fun and sun and miss the tasting, during your Cantina Beach dinner, ask the only certified Tequilier in the United States to help choose from among 100 tequilas—including one specifically blended for him and Cantina Beach.
Please also see the McCool Travel article: Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida.
Suggestions From Other Luxury Travel Experts
I asked some travel experts in the luxury travel area for suggestions of Cool Luxury Hotel Free Amenities. Here are their contributions.
The London, West Hollywood, California
Sarah Dandashy of Ask a Concierge is a concierge at this property and who better to know their luxury amenities?
The London West Hollywood offers:
– Complimentary Breakfast Table—not just a little breakfast, this is a whole buffet complete with fruit, pastries, granola, yogurts, and a touch of European flair with a full cheese and meat plate, and fresh squeezed juice.
– Complimentary Mercedes-Benz House car—drop off and pick-up service within a 2 mile radius. Perfect for nights when you want to enjoy a cocktail or two at dinner. [ed. ask Sarah for suggestions where to go!]
Hazel Brow, Low Row village, Swaledale, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Paul Johnson of A Luxury Travel Blog recommend this very cool luxury hotel free amenity.
Hazel Brow offers free alpaca treks in Yorkshire Dales. The property is a period (1860s) country manor in a picturesque hilly setting. It has been on the Tour de France route and is popular with cyclists. Cath Calvert, Hazel Brow owner, houses three alpacas so on your next stay ask if you can take a hike with one of the friendly animals. Too fun!
amenities such as high quality shampoo, conditioners, and the little extras that every one appreciates like razors, toothpaste, cotton balls, and q-tips. Offering guests these complimentary amenities allows everyone to save space when packing and have more room for travel necessities like champagne lol. The Hyatt “convenience collection” includes: Baby Shampoo, Deodorant, Hair Brush, Lint Mitt, Shoe Horn, Wine Opener, and much more. Just ask!
So, obviously, this is a tiny sampling of Cool Luxury Hotel Free Amenities. Please leave a comment with your favorite from the list but especially any other luxury amenities from around the world.