October’s travel linkup topic is ‘Interesting things in hotel rooms’. When I fist saw the topic I thought this could be rather saucy! Rest assured this post is rated PG… for me, the most interesting things in hotel rooms are not the fact that sometimes their bathroom is bigger then my bedroom, but rather those little touches that can make a stay extra special.
Often when you stay in a 5 star hotel, you will find a typed letter in an envelope from the hotel manager that thanks you for staying with them and wishes you a pleasant stay. Of course that’s really nice but what’s even better is a handwritten note. It’s something small but to me it really does make a difference. What’s even better is when it’s accompanied by something tasty like these gorgeous seagull chocolate eggs from when we stayed at the George in Rye.
I do love it when there is a bottle of wine or, even better, champagne waiting in your room. The best surprise was when we stayed at Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janero for our honeymoon and they had given us a bottle of champagne with a lovely card. We had also been to Argentina and were warned that in South America they don’t really make a fuss of honeymoons so the champagne was a real surprise! Not only that, we were invited to have drinks one night with the hotel manager and some selected guests which was really lovely. They went out of their way to ensure we had a special stay. It was fabulous!
It happened to be my husband’s birthday when we were staying at the fabulously luxurious Sandy Lane in Barbados. We didn’t tell them but obviously they had seen the date on his passport when we checked in and so on his birthday they delivered a bottle of champagne, a card and cake! It was so unexpected and really memorable. (I think we ate it before I thought to take a picture).
So… I’m cheating a bit with this one because obviously I’d know if we booked a room with a hot tub so it wouldn’t really be a surprise but I had to include it because finding hotels with hot tubs are not actually that common. We had one on our balcony when we stayed at the Centara Grand Beach Resort in Krabi, Thailand in 2007. It was only the second time we’d stayed in a luxury hotel so we were rather impressed. Plus, the view from the hot tub was amazing!
Another time we booked a room with an outdoor hot tub in a private garden was at the Cotswold House Hotel and Spa. That was rather different from Thailand in that it was snowing! It was fabulous though to soak in a lovely warm hot tub whilst it was so chilly outside.
What surprises have you found in a hotel room? Share them in the comments below.
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