Brilliant Idea

Why doesn't everyone do this?

Oh, those clever people at the Plaza Athénée in Paris—they've spliced together room service and their terrific hotel shop to create a doorknob menu of gifts that can be brought to your room on demand. These aren't just any gewgaws: There are soft leather slippers made for the hotel by Loewe; a divine, buttery leather jewelry roll; a travel case with socks and an eye mask; a pocket flashlight; and, for the little darlings you left at home, a red plush Plaza teddy bear. Rates, $885-$8,200. At 25 Ave. Montaigne; 866-732-1106;

—Kate Sekules

Hotel prices show high-season rates from the least expensive double to the most expensive suite.

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