Hot ho­tel in-room trends

Judg­ing by the lat­est in­ter­na­tional ho­tel trends, you don’t need to leave your room to have an amaz­ing stay any more. By James Wilkin­son

Time Out (Melbourne) - - TRAVEL -

House­made ice cream

OK, so the idea of ice cream in rooms is noth­ing new, and nor is the no­tion of the prod­uct be­ing made in-house in ho­tels. But a trend we are lov­ing is the huge range of flavours on of­fer. Ho­tels at the fore­front right now in­clude the Bev­erly Hil­ton in Los An­ge­les, the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Los An­ge­les Cen­tury City and Loews Re­gency New York. It’s time Aus­tralian ho­tels got a scoop of the ac­tion.

Cock­tails in bed

In the mood for an Old Fash­ioned, but can’t be both­ered get­ting up? Just call room ser­vice and the drink shall be de­liv­ered fresh from the bar. Some ho­tels like the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Los An­ge­les Cen­tury City have a ded­i­cated cock­tail list for room ser­vice that pairs up with the in-room menu, while oth­ers like QT Syd­ney and QT Mel­bourne have a DIY cock­tail kit wait­ing in your room as a wel­come amenity.

Watch your own movies

A trend that’s be­com­ing in­creas­ingly a stan­dard of­fer­ing is de­vice mir­ror­ing, so you can watch your own movies on a ho­tel TV rather than your lap­top or iphone. Ho­tels that have set the stan­dard have been the Dar­ling in Syd­ney and now many Four Sea­sons Ho­tels across the world, in­clud­ing in Maui ( see p19). Some ho­tels re­quire you to down­load an app, while oth­ers also of­fer it through Ap­ple TV, in­clud­ing the Wal­dorf As­to­ria in Ber­lin.

Lo­cally sourced mini­bar

Lo­cally sourced pro­duce is the global food-and-bev­er­age theme for ho­tels at present and in­creas­ingly, prop­er­ties are do­ing away with the big sup­pli­ers to fea­ture lo­cal prod­ucts in mini bars. The re­cently opened Pep­pers Kings Square in Perth has an en­tirely lo­cally sourced mini bar with choco­lates from Free­man­tle, cider from Don­ny­brook and craft beer from Mar­garet River.

Fresh flow­ers daily

Lux­ury ho­tels across the globe have al­ways had fresh daily flow­ers on a grand scale – think the Dorch­ester and Rose­wood in Lon­don, the Plaza in New York and Le Meurice in Paris – but many are now also chang­ing the flow­ers daily in the rooms, even if you are stay­ing for sev­eral days. Florists are busy at the mar­kets at 3am sourc­ing flow­ers and then sup­ply­ing them fresh for you a few hours later at no ex­tra charge.

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