7 Cool new things being offered by hotels

2014-05-21 10:12

Cape Town - When it comes to hotel rooms, certain things are expected. Sometimes that little chocolate on the pillow is missed and while you may not always make use of it, guests still want to know they have the option of the fully-stocked mini-bar.

However, as choice booms out of control on the Internet and price-comparative searches via online bookings force accommodation offerings to up their game in order to stand out from those in a similar grade - some seriously cool, novel or just uselessly, fun things have emerged.

The folks over at HotelChatter, who claim they have pretty much seen everything there is to see when it comes to hotel amenities and services, rounded up the bulk of these. Here are 7 new and sometimes dazzling things being offered by hotels.

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1. A Light in the Toilet Bowl



It just screams the Hangover, doesn't it? Described as the "manliest bathroom amenity ever"; This was spotted at The Landing Hotel in South Lake Tahoe. Missing the bowl in the middle of the night just isn't possible. Here's to ambient release then.

2. Room-service via drones

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While this may not take off entirely in South Africa since the use of drones in civil air space is subject to an R50k fine and a prison sentence according to the CAA, we still thought it was pretty cool. High-paying guests at The Casa Madrona in Sausalito, California can have their pricey picks of champagne delivered by state of the art, remote-controlled, octo-copter drones.

3. Portable nail dryers


If the guys can have their toilet-pot-light, seems the ladies need something a little bit more refined. Vaunted as a top player when it comes to high-tech gadgets, Peninsula Hotels Hong Kong has added a portable nail dryer to their rooms. Like most hairdryers, this one is stored in the desk drawer in case you need it during your stay.

4. Weddings on a hotel helipad!?



Understated and Dubai's Burj Al Arab just don't go together. After all, this is the home of the inroom, gold-plated iPad. In the wedding venue to outdo all wedding venues couples can now opt for helipad nuptials and at a cost of about $55 000 - it includes all aspects of a traditional wedding plus your very own wedding scent. Right.

5. Plunge pool turn down service


We mentioned that little chocolate at the very beginning of this article. But this turndown service proves turndowns are not restricted to hotel beds. Offered at the Viceroy Riviera Maya, getting romantic at your private pool has evolved into a full on aromatherapy, candles, music, food, and drink experience.

6. Bedside room control pad


With this hotel, it's a case of luxury at your finger tips. The Wellesley in London has a room control pad that lets you remotely close the curtains, set the Do Not Disturb light as well as adjust the room with mood-enhancer buttons. Pre-dinner is definitely Mood 1; After Dinner is Mood 2 without a doubt. There is also a handy tablet setup with direct requests to the concierge on duty.

The Delano Las Vegas has adapted it with a USB port charger. Nice!

Spotted any amazing amenities you'd like to share with us?Tell us in the comment section below, send us a mail to info@news24travel.com, tweet us at @news24travelor chat to us on Facebook.

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