By: Scott Nishimura1
Endless work trips and a montage of planes, trains and automobiles can leave anyone worn out, leading the allure of travel to quickly dissipate. But, when you can’t stay at home, sometimes it’s the smallest or quirkiest of details that can make the difference between a bad day and a great stay. These seven hotels, near and far, make it a little easier to be away from home.
If you stay at the new Westin Hotel in Austin, there are no excuses for not working out. Westin partnered with New Balance to provide athletic apparel for just a $5 fee. Simply share your shoe and clothing sizes, and upon your request, the hotel will provide clean shoes and apparel plus brand new socks that are yours to keep. The hotel has a Runners Concierge on staff who will lead runs, recommend routes, and will greet you with bottled waters and fresh towels when you return. When you check out, simply leave the items in your room. westinaustindowntown.com
Oh how very…Portland. The Hotel deluxe in downtown Portland devotes the entire third floor to humans and their pets. Or, pets and their humans. Travelers with pets will arrive in their room to find pet beds, bowls and a welcome basket complete with toys and treats. Want to give your four-legged friend the five-star treatment? You can book from a menu of pet grooming services, pet acupuncture and even a pet psychic. A pampered pet room is just $45 extra. hoteldeluxeportland.com
This 76-room luxury hotel is ready to appeal to each of your senses. Book a personalized consultation with a Krigler perfume expert. A representative from the French perfumer - a favorite of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn - will arrive at your door with a trunk filled with more than 40 scents. Mix and match to your nose’s desire. Personalize a fragrance by slightly tweaking an existing fragrance ($300+); “lease” a scent to be exclusively yours for six months ($1,500+); or, buy a scent from the collection ($15,000+) to ensure that no one else will ever wear it. thechatwalny.com
The SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills already has a leg up on the competition with interior designs by Philippe Starck and whimsical foodie offerings from Culinary Director José Andrés – think a room-service menu with cotton candy foie gras and caviar cones. But, the hotel also knows how to deliver the simple pleasures. Guests can book a hypoallergenic room designed specifically for allergy sufferers called the “Pure Room.” Beds are fitted with 300-thread count Fili d’Oro linens, a pillow-top mattress and mattress encasement, and organic cotton pillows. Each room has a built-in electronic air purifier ensuring clean air flows throughout the room. The young guests are not forgotten at SLS either. Each child gets a stuffed monkey upon arrival. slshotels.com/beverlyhills
Don’t waste your time or money renting a car if you head to Rancho Valencia, just a 29-minute drive north of San Diego. The resort offers guests a complimentary Porsche for the day including your choice of a 911 S Convertible, Cayenne GTS or a Panamera S Hybrid. The only rules: You must show your ID and return the car at the end of the day. Don’t want to give it back? An on-site concierge will gladly sell you one. ranchovalencia.com
You might expect a pretty reliable and standard stay at any JW Marriott, but the Grand Rapids location sweetens the deal while encouraging a little social media. Check in to Grand Rapids Marriott on Facebook or Tweet at the hotel, and a sugar cookie decorated with the social media outlet you used will be waiting for you in your room. marriott.com
If you’re willing to drop more than $1,000 on the Fenway Park Suite inside Hotel Commonwealth, you can live the dream of every Red Sox superfan. The room has a balcony overlooking the Green Monster, complete with original stadium seats and a mitt in case a homerun ball makes it more than 507 feet to your balcony. Turn-down service includes a tiny Ziploc bag filled with Fenway dirt on your pillow. Feel like really cheating on your hometown Rangers? Upon request, guests can have the World Series trophy delivered for selfies and general admiring. hotelcommonwealth.com
By: Scott Nishimura1
By: Courtney Dabney
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