10 weird hotel amenities you’ll actually want to use
Vanity kits and coffee facilities have been given the flick. These hotels are setting themselves apart with weird and wonderful amenities that’ll surprise you.
Travelodge Sydney Airport has just opened its doors with a couple of novelties, including Australia's first silent check-out.
For slow risers who have to trek to the airport for an early morning flight, this check-out comprises of a poster where you can indicate your needs without uttering a single word. Such as "I need to pay my bill", "I need a taxi" and perhaps the most important for those early hours, "I need coffee”.
This quirky amenity got us thinking, what other weird hotel facilities are on offer?
Here's our top ten:
10 weird hotel amenities you'll want to use
1. Bacon-scented alarm clock @ Travelodge Sydney Airport, Sydney
On top of the silent check-out, guests can opt to be woken by the scent of bacon.
This idea was pitched as an April Food's Day joke but has since been turned into reality. It’s a programmable clock by Sensorwake that sets off bacon scents instead of an alarm for "a perfumed, enlightened and melodious wake-up".
Not a fan of bacon? No worries, the clock can also be programmed with the wafting smell of coffee.
2. Astrology-driven city guides @ The Ultimo, Sydney
Hailed as the world's first astrology hotel, The Ultimo is a boutique stay matching your star sign with a personality-aligned experience.
Astrologer Damien Rock curates specific city guides based on your sign’s traits, likes and dislikes, while recommending restaurants and activities to indulge in.
3. Owl carrier @ Ashford Castle, Ireland
If staying in a castle isn’t Hogwarts enough for you, how about one with delivery owls?
Ashford Castle is one of Ireland's finest stays, voted the audience choice for ‘Best Resort and Inn in Great Britain and Ireland’ at Travel + Leisure's 2016 World Best Awards. It’s home to six owls including the harrier hawks (pictured), which you can take for hour-long supervised walks.
But the real star is Dingle. He's the resident Eurasian owl available for hire to deliver love letters and engagement rings by wing.
4. Robot delivery @ Shinagawa Prince Hotel N Tower, Tokyo
Shinagawa Prince Hotel is upping the postal game this year with a robot delivery service. Rolling out from October 2, the Relay Robot is an autonomous device that will deliver packages to the hotel's guests.
Developed in Silicon Valley by Savioke Inc, the robot is capable of avoiding obstacles and navigating elevators independently. Adding to the novelty, the robot will beep happily upon successful package delivery.
5. Pirate tuck-ins and in-room camping @ Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island
The Ritz-Carlton is one of the most luxurious stays the world over, but it’s also a fun holiday for the children too.
In the past, the Palm Beach hotel featured a pillow-fight kit complete with silk pillows, a CD and family activities. Today its slew of Florida hotels feature pirate tuck-ins where a pirate, princess and live macaw read a bedtime story, to in-room camping.
6. Goldfish hire @ Happy Guests Lodge, Dutton
Numerous hotels around the world offer a goldfish for hire service, but Happy Guests Lodge take a more personal approach.
You can borrow its resident goldfish ‘Happy’ to keep you company throughout the night. It's the perfect antidote to keep the kids entertained or help you de-stress on your trip.
7. Personalised sewing kits @ One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos
If you don’t mind someone getting familiar with your wardrobe, The One&Only Palmilla adds a unique touch to the sewing kit amenity. Instead of a standard set, the hotel provides guests with a kit colour-coordinated to their clothing.
How do they know? Upon their first visit to your room, the housekeepers take a peek at your threads and select accordingly. Bring your best colours.
8. Pet pampers @ Provence Hotels, USA
The perfect pooch pamper awaits your four-legged friend at Provence Hotel. With an extensive array of amenities for your furry friend, you'll feel it's more their holiday than yours!
There’s an eco-friendly pet-bed, welcome toy, dog groomers and walkers, vet, acupuncture and even a pet psychic. For the humans, Provence Hotel offer a pet spiritual menu to brush up on being the perfect owner.
You can find the full list of hotels here including Sentinel, Hotel Murano, Hotel Max and The Heathman Hotel.
9. Pleasure menu @ Drake Hotel, Toronto
Cheeky, edgy and sexy, the Drake Hotel is for adults with a penchant for a little ‘Fifty Shades’. Alongside the wine and floral list, you’ll find the kinky pleasure menu with everything you need for a racy getaway.
This includes condoms, lube, bondage tape, silk blindfolds, tenga eggs, butt plugs, Je-Joue Fifi rabbit and We-Vibe. By special request you can also order a rose petal turndown service and a birthday kit - happy birthday indeed.
10. Soap Concierge @ Viceroy Riviera Maya, Mexico
Forget the plastic-wrapped soap on your towel. After arriving to your luxury abode, the Viceroy's concierge offer a plate of artisanal soaps crafted by locals and varying in type and scent.
Choose your favourite and they’ll slice a bar from the slab to use during your stay. If you're there for a while, you'll be visited by the concierge on multiple occasions so you can really sample the bar. They’re also available to purchase at the hotel shop.