Luxury items at hotels used to mean fluffy robes, slippers and Egyptian cotton sheets. But now, discerning tastes mean that hotels have to come up with new, unique experiences to distinguish themselves and create memorable moments for their guests. I…don’t stay at four- or five-star hotels much (or ever, really). I get pretty excited when a hotel has a robe. I’ve chosen places based on the fact that they have a fish-in-residence, and once picked a place based on its stellar eco-policies…but couldn’t figure out how to turn the lights on. So I sat in the dark and was exceptionally eco-friendly. My concept of luxury, therefore, is a bit unrefined. But perhaps you’d like a tattoo or graffiti artist-in-residence, like at the Andaz 5th Avenue in NYC (kind of trumps my fish), or a soap concierge at the Viceroy Riviera Maya in Mexico (all organic selections, of course), or a pet psychic like the Hotel Monaco in Portland (held during a complimentary wine hour for the owner)?
Some of the amenities get even weirder. Check out more here.
I’ll continue to book places based on their pets-in-residence.