Way Beyond Room Service: 10 Seriously Over-the-Top Hotel Amenities

Is your personal style more tattoo on arrival, private pool after hours, or pet acupuncture?

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How luxe can you go? For some, free Wi-Fi and a bedtime mint on the pillow are adequate amenities. But if you're looking to lodge like a Bravoleb, find the hotels that try to one-up each other — continually coming up with unique, extravagant ways to spoil guests. These 10 hotel properties take hotel amenities way over the top for your pampering pleasure.

1.  Private Pool Time

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Condé Nast called the infinity pool at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea amongst the “world’s best hotel pools.” Imagine booking private after-hours use of this adults-only beauty from dusk ‘til dawn. Cozy up to fire pits at night, then rise for a stellar sunrise. The chic space becomes the guests’ very own: Imagine two saltwater pools, bubble loungers, underwater music, whirlpools, plus six luxury cabanas outfitted by Missoni. The experience is totally customizable (candles, massages, and multi-course dinner) and starts at $5,000 per couple. 

2.  Ski-In Spa

Sore after a hard day on the slopes? Soothe your aching muscles with a ski-in/ski-out spa treatment at Viceroy Snowmass. Treatments are short and sweet, running 30 minutes or less... just enough time to reinvigorate your body before heading to après ski. Detox to retox: It’s the ski bunny way!

3.  Couture Coffee

If you’re looking at a long-term stay in Philadelphia, Roost Apartment Hotel promises to keep you properly caffeinated. The apartment-hotel concept recently partnered with local coffee darling La Colombe to offer guests an in-room coffee concierge. Each comes kitted with approximately $750 of coffee equipment in each room: whole beans, a six-cup Chemex coffee maker, Hario drip scale, Bona Vita electric kettle, and a Baratza Virtuoso grinder. If you’re unsure as to how to brew your beans (we'd never judge), there’s a how-to instruction guide, online video, and hands-on resource available.

4.  The Ultimate Bubble Bath

Stay in the Ojetti Suite at Il Salviatino just outside of Florence, Italy, to live out Champagne dreams. A discreet hotel service ambassador will fill your private bath to the brim with your favorite “bubbles,” whether it’s Prosecco, Spumante, or the real deal: Champagne. An additional chilled bottle is provided to ensure the ultimate in relaxation. The decadent soak starts at $10,000, depending on your choice of bubbles.

5.  Personal Phone Number for Life

Suites at the Lanesborough London come with 24-hour butler service, a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce Phantom (among its fleet of luxury cars), and a direct telephone line and private fax number (provided before arrival). The hotel will print out personal visiting cards with the guest’s information; regular guests can request the same numbers on future visits. Personal stationery is also provided.  

6.  Indelible Memory

At the bohemian beachfront Hotel Erwin in Venice, California, guests get a $100 voucher for a tattoo from the Black Rose Tattoo with its "Ink and Stay" package. It comes complete with lotion, ice packs, and tequila. 

7.  Psychic Pet Readings

At Hotel deLuxe in Portland, Oregon, your four-legged friend can get a psychic reading, or even acupuncture. Practitioners believe these enlightening exercises help bond animals with their owners.

8.  Rock Star Style

Feel like a rock star? At Chicago’s Hard Rock Hotel, you can rent one of the property's 20 Fender guitars for your stay, including Stratocasters and classic Telecasters. They’ll even bring it to you with a headphone amplifier and headphones. Jimi Hendrix would be proud.

9.  Drive Time

Got a need for speed? Get behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, Bentley Continental, Mercedes-Benz SL550 Roadster, or Corvette ZR1 at Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa in Colorado. Created by Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks, the driving experiences provides adrenaline junkies the ultimate adventure. Prices start at $750 for a four-hour experience.

10.  Perfect Picnic

Whisk your sweetie via helicopter to a snow-covered peak or glacier fjord at Sonora Resort, a luxe wilderness resort in the Discovery Islands, British Columbia. There, a chef will prepare a one-of-a-kind dining experience, complete with caviar and champagne.

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