Hotels With Amazing In-Room Amenities (PHOTOS)

by The Daily Meal Subscribe to The Daily Meal's posts Posted Aug 3rd 2011 09:00 AM



The joys of room service are usually 90% fantasy and 10% based in reality. Sitting in a plush hotel room in an oversized robe and calling down to room service (while resisting the temptation to call whoever answers the phone Jeeves) is exactly the kind of luxury we want from a hotel stay; it's an escape from the everyday. But the reality of room service has been a much starker thing with cold, chewy food and hardened bread rolls wheeled in to the bottom of your bed as you hold the door open with your foot.

Well, it seems that dry pastry baskets are a thing of the past, with hotels around the world coming around to the fact that if, in this day and age (or "in this economy," take your pick), people are actually booking a room and paying for it, they're expecting much more than a weight-sensored mini-bar with stale, unsalted peanuts. Take Beverly Hills' SLS Hotel. Their very Spanish-inspired room service menu is trumped only by the roving cotton candy foie gras and caviar cone cart that penthouse guests can take advantage of.

And it's not just high-end hotels adopting this new trend. The Ace Hotel in New York will send a hot or iced cup of super hip-and-delicious Stumptown coffee to your room 24 hours a day. At the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Miami, you'll adopt a "hate to go, but love to leave" attitude when your stay comes to a close with a whimsical and tasty "Ready to Fly" meal.

If the London fog becomes too thick for you to leave your hotel, join the Charlotte Street Hotel's Sunday screenings with a three-course meal just downstairs. Or let's say you feel like a wine tasting but can't possibly be bothered to leave your room? Hope you're staying at the One and Only Palmilla, where the room service wine list reads like oenophile's dream.

Now where to plan my next in-room mixology lesson?

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August 03 2011 at 8:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I Wish I Could Be In Any Of Those !

August 03 2011 at 7:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hpycmpr155 mention of the Charlotte LaQuita with its pet friendly accomodations and free waffles for breakfast.

August 03 2011 at 6:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to hpycmpr155's comment

Are you kidding? A hotel that allows animals in the rooms? Yikes. Put that in the memory bank for places never to go. Yuuuuuuuuuuuuk. That unchanged beadspread had some filthy dog rubbing his ass after he took a crap. Yuck.

August 03 2011 at 7:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to wlh1923's comment

You REALLY think the hotel isn't going to change the sheets. Well then you better not stay in any hotel again. Just think about the couple that may have had the room before you,.. Maybe a guy "PICKS-UP" this "NICE" girl in a bar while away from his wife at a convection or...a Young, just married couple on their honeymoon. You really think that they where just SLEEPING in that bed--YEAH RIGHT. There wouldn't be very many hotels in buisness, or still open if what you think were true.

August 03 2011 at 9:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

No hotel gives away anything for free there is always a hidden cost. Service yeah right.

August 03 2011 at 4:30 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to dpeters120's comment

As the old saying goes; You get what you pay for. If you stay in a hotel for $50 a nite, then expect day- old donuts and coffee you can cut with a knife when you pour it as your CONTINETAL BREAKFAST. If you spend $150-$200 a nite; then expect Hot coffee,juice,fresh danish or donuts, and quite possibly the morning local news paper.

August 03 2011 at 9:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Ritz-Carlton in Chicago does that??? I stayed there a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't even get a room with a bed that didn't squeak. Everyone was very rude. I'd never go there again.

August 03 2011 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

All for a price....see the fine print on your bill

August 03 2011 at 3:24 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

When we stayed at the Hampton Inn - Warren, PA - this past July, they provided a Lunch-to-go bag to all guests: Paper bag contained labeled with your choice of muffin (blueberry, apple etc), bottle of water, apple and I forget what else.... Plus bottles of water sitting in ice tub was always available if that's all you wanted as you left the hotel. These were nice perks - especially appreciated a great many of us who were staying there for several days (for GeoWoodstock IX).

August 03 2011 at 2:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply