Right, so you may have heard about tanning butlers in chic sun destinations, or super senior concierges that have connections to the best tables at the hottest eateries in town, but that's nothing compared to some of the most intriguing and lavish amenities at the world's finest hotels. Thanks CNN for the roundup! Would you find any of these useful in your travels? Tell us, we'd love to know!
-The Art Concierge, Andaz 5th Ave- NYC. GM Jonathan Frolich aims to connect guests with local culture, even going so far as to commission street artists to graffiti the hotel walls, and pushing guests straight to the top of the waiting list of world famous tattoo artist Mister Cartoon.
-The Fragrance Butler, Rosewood Hotels- North America- Want to try a new scent? Ring your butler who will be toting menu complete with scents from Chanel to Tom Ford, Bulgari to Marc Jacobs
-The Pet Psychic, Hotel Monaco- Portland- What's your pet thinking? If you're stuck on that thought while staying at this hotel, simply ring downstairs and this special staff member will work with you and your pet over a glass of wine to solve all manner of issues.
-Mad Men Mixologist, The Surrey Hotel-NY- On call 24/7, arriving in mere minutes with a cart containing just about everything needed to create a custom cocktail. He'll not only whip one up, but he'll leave the instructions behind so you can do it yourself. (and, he leaves the cart behind)
-Plastic Surgery Recovery, The Pierre- NY- Working hand in hand with NY Presbyterian, this package includes round trip car service to and from procedure, private escort, in room spa treatments, special healing menu and a doctor on call
-Recovery Conceirge, Ritz Carlton New Orleans- Taking it a little too hard in the Big Easy? Club level guests can now chat to Russell who will prescribe tips to rid the most horrible hangovers
-On Site Genealogist, Lodge at Doonbeg-Ireland- Trace your roots with their 2 resident members of the Council of Irish Genealogical Organzations who will trace your roots and coordinate visits to your ancestral villages
-Rock Star Recording Studio, Eden Rock- St Barths- Didn't make the cut on the X Factor tryouts? Indulge in their 16,000 sq ft Villa Rockstar complete with a recording studio where A-listers have spent time making music in the past.
OUTRAGEOUS HOTEL FEES
We've all had those moments where we feel we've been ripped off while traveling (hello 28 Euro glass of milk in Greece, one of my personal bests). I felt better after seeing this list- what's your best/worst experience? Shout out on Facebok and share!
Biggest Resort Fee? Ritz Carlton St Thomas- $55 per day. Um, didn't you already pay for all of the amenities in the hefty room rate?
Most Obscene Gym Fee? Wynn Las Vegas- $30 per day. I'll take a jog on the strip, better people watching anyway.
Most Absurd Valet Fee? Inter Continental San Francisco- $53 per day. No self parking option so you're stuck there
Craziest Room Service Fee? Trump International Beach Resort Miami- 20% service charge, 9% tax, $3 delivery fee. I'll go downstairs and get it myself.
Most Bizarre Fee- Elysian Beach Resort USVI- $21 per day Energy Surcharge PLUS $110 for daily housekeeping. I just can't even comment without being ridiculously snarky.
Sexiest Fee? M Resort & Spa- $20 "Men's Only" fee to visit the adults-only Daydream Pool. I thought that was just a guido club thing...