These Over-the-top Hotel Minibars Will Spoil You

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The remarkable minibar and in-room offerings made by these hotels make this formerly marginal amenity a destination in itself.

Decades of overpriced M&Ms and lackluster liquor have taken their toll on the reputation of hotel minibars. While some hotels have nixed the concept altogether, others have taken the opportunity to reinvent it.

From complimentary bottles of crystal-clad tequila to canned oxygen, these hotels’ innovative in-room offerings are guaranteed to make your stay as comfortable and convenient as the robe you’re likely to be in while enjoying them.

Pavillon de la Reine, Paris

The Pavillon de la Reine in Paris's third arrondissement allows its guests unabashed access to the honesty bar. Those staying at the beautiful hotel can help themselves to the array of cocktail ingredients, make a note of what they mix for themselves, and be billed at a later time.

On Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m., however, this communal minibar hosts dishonesty hour, a happy hour gone rogue. All drinks are complimentary during this time, so mix something strong and take in the chic, renowned decor of the hotel’s library lounge. Rooms from $356.

Majestic Hotel & Spa, Barcelona

Book the largest penthouse in Barcelona for access to a walk-in "maxi-bar", stocked with locally sourced and personalized goodies. The amenities don't stop there, however: you'll also receive a chauffeur, 24-hour butler service, and an Atelier Cologne perfume bar, complete with full-size perfumes for spritzing during your stay as well as leather-bound 30-mL sizes of each scent for you to take home after your trip. 

Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley

If coconut or sparkling water and granola are indulgences more your taste, the Calistoga Ranchin Napa Valley will definitely deliver. You can even enjoy a complimentary bottle of the ranch’s own wine while relaxing in one of their spa lodges and breathing in the fresh canyon air. Lodges from $795.

The Little Nell, Aspen

Not only does The Little Nell in Aspen curate a complimentary selection of local brand snacks as well as quality favorites like Justin's Peanut Butter and Wonderful Almonds and Pistachios, but selections of local wines and beers are also available for purchase. 

Possibly most notable, however, is the canned oxygen available for purchase in each minibar. This hotel pulls all the stops so you can stay as comfortable as possible in the high altitude. Suites from $440.

Mondrian London at Sea Containers, London

Guests of the Mondrian London can savor some of Ryan Chetiyawardana’s—recognized as one of the best bartenders in the world—award-winning cocktails from the comfort of their rooms. From Beeswax Old Fashioneds to Frosted Martinis, these cocktails only compliment the array of luxury goods provided in the Mondrian London’s minibars. Rooms from $294.

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, Cabo San Lucas

You won’t have to go far for quality tequila if you’re staying at The Cape in Cabo San Lucas. A complimentary hand-etched crystal bottle of Realeza Mexicana, produced and bottle for The Cape, is provided during your stay and accompanied by fresh slices of orange, artisanal salt, and candied mango. Rooms from $439.

The Darcy, Washington D.C.

While exceptional drinks are only one of the (major) reasons to pay a visit to the United States' capital, the drink services at The Darcy make the hotel its own destination.

Not only do they offer bespoke cocktails mixed in-room by a mixologist, but complimentary cocktail tastings in the common areas as well, each and every day. If quality mixed drinks are a draw for you, be sure to add this luxury stay to your list. Rooms from $179.

Lotte New York Palace, New York

Check in to the Champagne Suite at this luxury New York hotelto enjoy a complimentary engraved bottle of Champagne, a panoramic view of the city's skyline, gorgeous furnishings, a fireplace, and access to a fully stocked wine cave. Inquire with hotel for pricing.

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