Ho­tel Items to Covet

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Back in the day when things were a lot less so­phis­ti­cated, and thieves set­tled for less, ho­tels lost a lot of tow­els. These days there’s so much more to want from a ho­tel as they spend lav­ishly on art, decor and wine. While no one in their right mind would think about lift­ing any of these ob­jects, there’s no pro­hi­bi­tion against cov­et­ing. Here’s what you may want to pay closer at­ten­tion to next time you pass through Tokyo, Sin­ga­pore, Bangkok, Saigon and Taipei.

1 The Rev­erie Saigon (Viet­nam)

The staff may look twice if you were to try to pass off the ‘Isi­doro’ vin­tage-travel-trunk-style mini­bar as your own lug­gage when you leave this plush Viet­nam ho­tel. A prom­i­nent fea­ture in the Saigon Suite, the ho­tel’s top abode, the Pelle Frau® sad­dle leather Isi­doro is a vin­tage lug­gage-in­spired bar de­signed by Jean-Marie Mas­saud for Poltrona Frau (en­trusted by pres­ti­gious car man­u­fac­tur­ers such as Fer­rari with the up­hol­ster­ing of their in­te­ri­ors). The stylish item has trans­formed the gue­stroom mini­bar into a chic con­ver­sa­tion piece. www.therever­ie­saigon.com

2 Palace Ho­tel Tokyo (Ja­pan)

With over 1,000 pieces mak­ing up Palace Ho­tel Tokyo’s ex­ten­sive art col­lec­tion, there are more than a fair few that guests wouldn’t mind re­lo­cat­ing to their homes. Upon check-in, vis­i­tors are cap­ti­vated by the large Echoes-Crys­tal­liza­tion wall in­stal­la­tion by Shinji Oh­maki, which de­picts an en­dan­gered species of Ja­panese flow­ers through crys­tal pow­der and mar­ble. An­other size­able piece, a bit too large to tuck into lug­gage, is Masahito Katayama’s Sun­flower paint­ing, which would bring a bit of sun­shine and warmth into any­one’s liv­ing room. www.palace­hotel­tokyo.com

3 The San­chaya Bin­tan

Ad­ja­cent to The San­chaya’s book-laden wine, cheese and cigar lounge is a glass-walled li­brary show­cas­ing hun­dreds of bot­tles of pre­mium wine, in­clud­ing a cer­tain 2000 Chateau Mou­ton Roth­schild Im­pe­rial 5000ml. Priced at a cool US $16,000, this re­mark­able bot­tle of red ranks as the Pauil­lac es­tate’s most ex­pen­sive wine of the past 30 years. The San­chaya has two of only 5000 ever pro­duced, and the bot­tle in it­self is a col­lec­tor’s item, adorned with a gold re­pro­duc­tion of the Augs­burg Ram, a chased sil­ver-gilt drink­ing ves­sel cre­ated around 1590 by mas­ter gold­smith Jakob Schenauer. www.the­san­chaya.com

4 Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit (Thai­land)

Given that Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit is the only ho­tel in Thai­land’s cap­i­tal with an art gallery, it’s no sur­prise that Sofitel Lux­ury Ho­tels’ flag­ship prop­erty in South­east Asia houses some of the coolest pieces this side of Paris. The most cov­eted might just be the very sym­bol of the City of Light it­self -- a minia­ture Eif­fel Tower, which sits on a ta­ble in the ball­room foyer and has un­doubt­edly beck­oned the klep­to­ma­niac in ev­ery guest to no­tice the re­mark­able lit­tle replica. www.sofitel.com

5 The Grand Hy­att Taipei (Tai­wan)

Taipei’s most sea­soned lux­ury ho­tel is well-known for its size­able col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary art and cal­lig­ra­phy works by Tai­wanese artist TK. Many of TK’s black and white paint­ings adorn the walls of the ho­tel’s 853 guest rooms and suites, in­clud­ing one of a large swirl, which is proudly dis­played in the en­trance to one of the cor­ner suites. The framed paint­ing might be a lit­tle tricky to squeeze through the ho­tel’s re­volv­ing doors un­de­tected, but it would cer­tainly make for a cool sou­venir to brag about to your friends back home. www.taipei.grand.hy­att.com

Palace Ho­tel Tokyo Art Col­lec­tion - Sun­flower by Masahito Katayama

The Rev­erie Saigon mini bar

Palace Ho­tel Tokyo - The Palace Lounge - Spring 2016 Af­ter­noon Tea

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