Every item we feature is objectively selected by our editorial team. If you purchase an item through our links, we may earn commission. Departures and American Express do not provide, endorse, or guarantee any of the items, and the sale of such items is governed by the third-party seller’s policies, terms, and conditions.

Ideal Hotel Amenities for Travel (or Everyday)

From under-eye masks to a vibe-changing candle, these are our editors' choice amenities.

A photograph of Trudon Reggio Candle Shop Trudon
The information published on this website is not intended to provide any health, wellness, or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any kind. You should not take any action before consulting with a licensed healthcare professional.

AFTER SPENDING SO much of the past year traveling, I’ve become hyper-aware of the amenities on offer in five-star hotel bathrooms. While some properties clearly curate their assortment — hand soaps from one purveyor, shower gels and lotions from another — most offer a small suite of products from the same company, imbued with the same signature scent. In a perfect world, every hotel bathroom would come magically stocked with your favorite amenities. To that end (and after several conversations with my fellow editors), we put together a list of the things we wish we saw every time we stepped into a sparkly hotel bathroom.

Shop Trudon

Trudon Reggio Candle

I know hotels are often skittish when it comes to candles (I always bring my own anyway), but wouldn’t it be nice if every hotel bathroom came equipped with a mood-setting votive? I’m a firm believer that Trudon is the gold standard of fancy candles and the Reggio votive is not only lovely to look at but also adds a perfect ambiance (and a hint of Calabrian citrus) to any room. SHOP NOW

Shop Santa Maria Novella

Santa Maria Novella Vellutina Soap

I love a wee hotel soap as much as the next person and have carried many of them home over the years, but the sad fact is that a great many of them are not great, or when only one bar is provided, they end up doing double duty as a hand soap and a shower bar. And while I love a moisturizing shower gel, I still prefer a good old-fashioned bar of soap next to the sink. My go-to is a bar of Vellutina Soap from Santa Maria Novella, which feels both homey and luxurious. SHOP NOW

Shop R&Co

R&Co On a Cloud

In many hotels, I’ve often had the sneaking suspicion that the shampoo on offer is actually just the body wash with a different label. Since everyone I know has very elaborate — and very different — hair-care needs, it makes sense that the bulk of complimentary shampoos and conditioners are going to leave most people wanting. My own personal ideal would involve a combination of products from R&Co. Their On a Cloud shampoo is an oil-protein wonder that replenishes damaged hair, and their Super Garden products use CBD to help restore natural balance. SHOP NOW

Shop Joanna Vargas

Joanna Vargas Bright Eye Firming Mask

As I get older, the wear and tear of travel seems to manifest most visibly on my face. There is nothing more jarring than standing in a hotel bathroom’s extra-bright light and seeing just how jet-lagged you appear. Joanna Vargas’ Bright Eye Firming Masks are the answer, but since they are (sadly) unlikely to appear in every en suite, I recommend you pack your own. They’ll give you a new lease on life. SHOP NOW

Shop Tatcha

Tatcha The Rice Wash

The first thing I want to do after checking into a hotel room, especially after many hours of traveling, is wash my face and drink a gallon of water. Since most hotel soaps are of the one-size-fits-all variety, having a facial cleanser that won’t make your skin go crazy is a must. Tatcha’s silky Rice Wash cleanser is made to calm a variety of complexions, ensuring you feel refreshed and ready to face whatever awaits you outside the calm confines of your room. SHOP NOW


Shop Small®

When you Shop Small, you’re not just supporting neighborhood favorites – you’re investing in the community. Whether you’re a local or visiting, explore the Shop Small Mapto find small businesses near you.Learn more here.

Our Contributors

T. Cole Rachel Editor-at-Large

T. Cole Rachel is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and teacher with over 20 years of experience working in print and digital media. He is currently an editor-at-large at Departures.

Departures and American Express do not provide, endorse, or guarantee any of the items, and the sale of such items is governed by the third-party seller’s policies, terms, and conditions.

Let’s Keep in Touch

Subscribe to our newsletter

You’re no longer on our newsletter list, but you can resubscribe anytime.