Regular followers of the R&R Mom know I am quite vocal about service when traveling, especially in hotels and on planes. So it came to me that I should probably recognize some of my favorite places to stay with my first ever (and probably only) Hotel Amenities Awards. So without further ado (even though there is hardly any “ado” anyways), here we go:
Best Hotel Bed – The Four Seasons Los Angeles
Let’s face it. The reason MOST of us are staying at a hotel is for a place to sleep so the quality of the bed, bedding, mattress AND pillows is of the utmost. The bed at the Four Seasons LA has the perfect pillow to bed size ratio and is just cushy and cozy enough to lull this jetlagged old bag off to a deep slumber.
The Sunset Marquis wins for best bathtub. The Cosmopolitan wins for sheer size and layout.
The Kiehls products stacked up at the Chateau Marmont overrides the tired old bathrooms in desperate need of an upgrade. At the W in Hong Kong, its all about the quantity of items. Dental kits, shaving kits, bathing kits. This place would be heaven if you lost your luggage.
Best Hotel Towels – Claridges London
Big, soft, fluffy. That in and of itself in a hotel towel is miraculous – but add in a fresh lavender scent and I’m in heaven.
Best Hotel MiniBar – The Thief Oslo
Clothing. In the minibar. Are you freaking kidding me? It was like shopping in your room. Another respite for weary luggageless travelers.
Best Breakfast – The Sofitel Buenos Aires
No matter what you order, they bring croissants and pain au chocolat and those awesome Argentine treats Alfajores (chocolate covered dulce de leche cookies – shut. the. f^&%. up they are delicious). Not to mention the entire pot of dulce de leche on the table to slather on your toast. Disclaimer – I was pregnant when I stayed here, can you tell?
Best Hotel Restaurant – Gemma at The Bowery New York
Baked eggs with avocado and prosciutto for breakfast? Do I need to say more?
You have to battle to get a table after 10pm but it is one of the coziest, sexiest bars I’ve ever been too. Vertigo is on the 61st floor overlooking Bangkok. Who cares what the drinks are like. You’re so high up, you’re already buzzing from lack of oxygen!
Of course LA hotels have the best pools. The Sunset Marquis has 2 but I prefer the upper pool near the restaurant as opposed to the one in the courtyard. More sun and more fun. The pool at the Four Seasons is on the 4th floor, gets sun all day and is sheltered from the wind enough that its usable almost year round.
Best Hotel Spa – Evason Six Senses Hua Hin Thailand
Outdoors comes indoors as geckos and frogs hop around the spa. The Thai Yoga Massage was easily one of the best I’ve ever had.