Now that ultra-plush bathrobes, high-thread-count linens anddesigner toiletries are de rigueur at upscale hotels, top properties areoffering innovative and extravagant perks to ensure a distinctive experience.
Some, like the Ritz Carlton South Beach’s tanning butler andHotel Monaco’s pet psychic, trend toward the whimsical. Others are designed toenrich guests’ connection to the locale, like the in-house art concierge at LeRoyal Monceau, who will design a trip through the best Parisian museums andgalleries, or the genealogists on hand at Ireland’s Lodge at Doonbeg to trackvisitors’ family ancestry.
While some hotels charge a fee for these over-the-topservices, many do not, adding it to the lavish perks and anticipated benefit ofany stay at an extraordinary hotel, says Jonathan Frolich, general manager of Andaz5th Avenue in Manhattan. As part of his own property’s commitment to connectingguests with New York culture, Frolich and his team commissioned street artiststo graffiti the walls of the hotel and offered guests an opportunity to jump amulti-month wait list to get a tattoo created by world-famous artist MisterCartoon, whose client list includes Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake.
“Years ago, the grandest hotels were bastions of culture,representing whatever was happening artistically in that city,” says Frolich.“That commitment and connection has disappeared for a very long time—we’retrying to bring it back.”
For those eager to experience this renaissance in luxe hotelservices—or simply get pampered in a creative, new way—here’s a menu of perksand amenities available around the world.