Hotels can act as respites from chaotic routines with luxurious amenities that offer the chance to feel at home even when you're far away. But rarely do these lodgings go beyond the padlock to provide guests with hotel-quality pampering for their own abodes.
From custom culinary creations to meticulously mixed tea blends, hotels around the world are finally offering more for guests to bring home than tiny bottles of shampoo or the occasional stolen washcloth.
These are a few of our favorite products made by hotels.
The tradition of afternoon tea was actually born at the Palm Court in the Langham London hotel more than 140 years ago. Now all of hotels in the Langham Hospitality Group have become synonymous with exceptional afternoon tea experiences.
Guests can bring the tradition home with the launch of four signature tea blends. The Langham Blend is classic and offers the quintessential English tea experience with bold flavors from the highest quality of orange Pekoe black tea. Available at Langham hotels for $17.50 in an elegant keepsake tin.
Apple-poblano autumn chutney from The Hotel Kitchen by Amway Hotel Corporation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has all the rich flavors of autumn, but it can be enjoyed year round as a glaze for dishes like roasted chicken. Created under the direction of Josef Huber, executive chef for the hotel brand, this chutney is one of the most requested recipes at the hotel and can be brought home for $6.99 from the The Amway Grand Plaza, JW Marriott, the Downtown Courtyard by Marriott or online.
The Waldorf Astoria New York recently installed six beehives on the 20th floor rooftop space to bring a farm-to-table experience to the heart of Manhattan. The honey produced from the 300,000 bees residing at the Waldorf is used in the hotel’s culinary offerings, such as honey ice cream and wild mushroom soup. Although this “top of the Waldorf” rooftop honey is not currently available for purchase, VIP guests of the Waldorf receive a complimentary jar of this sweet stuff with each stay at the hotel.
The term “Langham Pink” was first used back in 1865 when Langham Hospitality Group created this corporate color. To commemorate the fifth anniversary of this delicate signature shade, Langham decided to partner with O.P.I. to bottle its pretty pink with a limited run of 10,000 branded nail lacquers named “Langham Pink.” The color, a slightly sheer, perfectly pale pink, is available for sale at $12.50 per bottle at Langham properties worldwide.
Not only does the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa grow its own agave onsite, but this resort took it one step further to produce its own propriety tequila in five different vintages: white, young, rested, aged and extra aged. Guests can literally get a taste of the resort at home with a bottle of this signature tequila, which is sold onsite.