Record Player & Vinyl Collection
Ace Hotel in Portland, OR - The Ace Hotel Portland's mission is to target "cultural influencers and opinion leaders on a budget." That's why they keep an eye on what's trending in the realm of hotel amenities. In select rooms at the hotel, people will find turntables alongside a complimentary vinyl collection (for loan, of course). This way, you can cut the rug to the original LP of Saturday Night Fever (crackles, pops and all) while primping for a night on the town.
The Floating Couples Massage
Loews Coronado Bay Hotel in Coronado, CA - Who says you have to be in a spa to receive a spa treatment? Surely not the Loews Coronado Bay Hotel. On the Voga Voyage ($400 per couple), couples get horizontal for a soothing sunscreen application and 40-minute rub down inside a 33-foot gondola equipped with two professional massage beds. Cruise the canals of the Coronado Cays with your sweetheart (and gondoliers) before finishing your pleasure cruise with complimentary champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. This one'll keep you grounded.
Complimentary Fender Guitars
Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago, IL - In keeping with their musical vibe, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago offers a rockin' "Picks" program whereby guests can borrow one of 20 Fender guitars -- from legendary Stratocasters to Telecasters to play in their room. To ensure "maximum sound for you and zero noise complaints" for them, the Hard Rock will even loan you a pair of SOUL by Ludacris headphones. There's no charge to riff -- just a credit card deposit so you don't "go off on your next world tour" with their guitar.
The Dream Service Menu
Lorien Hotel & Spa in Alexandria, VA - This place has you covered from A to Zzzz's. Simply touch the "Dream Button" on your guest room phone and the Lorien Hotel & Spa will deliver an assortment of complimentary options to help you drift safely into la-la land. From the Snore-No-More Pillow to Bed Wedges, which elevates the whole upper torso, this menu proves that if you snooze, you don't always lose. Sound intriguing? Try the Lorien Hotel's Bath Menu -- which offers a "Bath Butler" who can draw your bath for you. Ah, the good life...
An Edible Work of Art
Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Coast, CA - Pelican Hill has so many resort amenities that there's actually a brochure for them. They range from personalized ceramics to sports-themed snack spreads to this work of fine edible art -- a Pelican Hill Signature Treat ($95) that comes with a splash of Grand Marnier ($12). The master work on the chocolatey canvas? Well, it's Pelican Hill of course.
Semi-Automatic Vending Machine
The Hudson Hotel in New York, NY - Who needs a hotel gift shop when you have a luxury vending machine that sells Ray Ban sunglasses ($145), Black-Quilted Urbanears Headphones ($80) and Sir Richards condoms ($12.99) in-house? These are just a few of the existential questions that Manhattan's Hudson Hotel asks -- and answers. No cash accepted at this materialist oracle. Just plastic.
Awesome Hotel Amenities: The Greatest Hits of Guest Services
When it comes to competing for your travel dollar, hotels have devised all sorts of interesting hooks to get you to book. Sure, free coffee and Wi-Fi is nice, but have you ever gotten a couples massage in a gondola? Or a free guitar to play during your stay? If not, read on. These are some of finest perks being offered by the hospitality industry to garner your 'check-in' status.