The Latest Hotel Amenities

How hotels are upping their game to make you comfortable.

Standard hotel amenities like bathrobes, water bottles and in-room coffee makers are pretty much a given at most establishments. But in the increasingly competitive world of upscale hotel chains, a terry cloth robe just isn’t going to cut it.

Instead, boutiques and chains alike are charming guests with unique, first-rate amenities that make long-lasting impressions. Some are so enticing, you may schedule a visit to a new destination just for the complimentary perks.

Beyond basic cable

Nothing to watch on the tube? Not at the Marriott. Select locations are offering complimentary in-room Netflix streaming, giving you access to feature films (without a hefty pay-per-view fee) and television series to check out for the first time (or continue binge watching your favorites).

Lace your kicks

Runners can feel lost in a new city, making it hard to log your daily three-mile run in unknown territory. Westin has you covered. Its RunWESTIN program pairs running concierges with guests who want a workout partner. The concierges will tailor the route to your desired distance and terrain—and accompany you for the jog. Didn't pack your sneakers? You can even rent workout gear for a nominal fee.

Swirl and sip

Red or white? Or why not both? Wind down with Kimpton’s nightly Wine Hour. Kimpton’s guests are treated to complimentary happy hour wine tastings, giving you the perfect conclusion to your workday—or the perfect start to an evening out.

For the kiddos

When you’re travelling with kids, any activity is a welcome distraction. The youngest guests at Ritz-Carlton hotels are treated to Ritz Kids scavenger hunts around the beautifully manicured grounds—complete with prizes at the final clue.

Catering to pet lovers

Your furry friends are welcome at pet-friendly Hotel Monaco locations, such as the D.C. location. But even travelers without pets can enjoy the cheerful companionship of one of the hotels’ resident goldfish. Simply request a visit, and hotel staff will deliver your overnight guest directly to your room.

Luxury wheels

The ultimate in hotels with extravagant amenities, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa offers guests a complimentary vehicle—and we’re not talking a midsize four-door sedan. No, Rancho guests are entitled to day trips in a Porsche. One drive around town and you’ll want to schedule your next stay before you turn on the engine.