The best things in life are free. That’s why we all chase around the maid’s cart in a hotel, stocking up on toiletries like we are prepping for the apocalypse.
But, honestly how many bottles of teeny tiny shampoo/conditioner combos do you need in your life? While most hotels provide a standard amount of perfectly acceptable bath products, perhaps a pillow chocolate or two and maybe a cheese plate, some spots do go above and beyond by offering serious swag. From personalized stationary to plush stuffed animals these are the top six complimentary amenities you’ll actually want to take home from your hotel.
Pre-selected Bath Items, Conrad Hotels Worldwide
Switching bath products can wreak havoc on your skin and hair when you are traveling. This luxury hotel offers its Conrad Amenities program where you can pre-select all of the complimentary bath products that will be in your room when you arrive. Choose between four distinct body product lines (Aromatherapy Associates, Shanghai Tang, Tara Smith Vegan Hair Care or The Refinery) each with their own unique ingredients to satisfy all hair and skin types. You get a shampoo, shower gel, bath soap and body lotion completely free.
Choose your own adventure! (Photo: Conrad)
Personalized Stationary, Trump Central Park
Donald Trump always wants to make sure you’re ready for business. While you can’t meet the real estate mogul himself for some advice, his high-end hotel provides you with personalized stationary and business cards upon request to make sure you’re ready to close any deal. Trump even starts them young; kids can get the paper products too along with a backpack, Central Park coloring book, a stuffed animal and a Trump kids t-shirt or baby onesie.
Photo Book, Great Wolf Lodge
This U.S hotel chain has made capturing the memories a bit easier for you by providing a coupon to make a free photo book through Shutterfly at the end of each trip. With water slides, rope courses and bowling, there will be plenty of snap-worthy moments to upload.
Most of us would balk at bath products that can retail for more than $800. But when you can snag those products for free you had better find a way to stock up! The Rose 31 scent by Le Labo that you will find in Fairmont Hotels was actually created exclusively for the luxury hotel chain in the company’s New York City lab, using high-quality raw and organic ingredients. Smells like a bargain!
The price of the hotel ends up being a bargain when you factor in the free products. (Photo: Fairmont)
Children’s Welcome Wagon, The Jefferson Washington, D.C
We all know that having kids is expensive! So when there’s a chance to make them happy at no extra cost you bet we’re going to take advantage. Upon check-in at this boutique hotel, children under age eight are given a welcome wagon filled with stuffed animals. Every child is allowed to choose one toy to take home free of charge. They even offered stuffed beagles as a nod to the hotels’ resident pet mascot, a rescue beagle named Monti.
Meet Monti. (Photo: The Jefferson)
Museum Tickets, The James New York
Though you can’t exactly take this particular amenity home with you, it will help to keep costs down on the trip and inspire you to explore New York City’s fabulous museums.
Welcome to The James. (Photo: The James Hotel)
As part of their Cultural Collection program, The James New York offers complimentary tickets to view current exhibitions at the contemporary art museum, the New Museum. The hotel also give syou the chance to experience local film festivals and other artistic events throughout the year at no cost.
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