Hotel amenities just keep getting better/crazier. With features like WiFi and flatscreens becoming standard (and now practically a requirement), fancy hotels are now in a position where they have to get creative to set themselves apart. Here are Los Angeles's most insane hotel guest perks:
Langham Huntington (Pasadena): Guests at the Langham Club levels (nicer than a standard room but not quite a suite) get the full Downton Abbey treatment via access to the Club Lounge, where they receive "bespoke concierge services," a cream tea service, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails later in the day, and after-dinner cordials. Plus, the hotel will press three of your garments each day.
For an extra $135 on their tab, guests can have the Langham Huntington Doggie Program, which comes with a bunch of pet perks, including a pink porcelain bowl, gold mat, "plush pink bed pillow," and the Langham Huntington Doggie Newsletter. The hotel also offers a full dog menu and dog spa services.
Chateau Marmont (West Hollywood): The Chateau caters to a very rarefied crowd and offers plenty of perks, including a few that only the richest exec or most spoiled star would even think to ask for, like secretarial service or packing and unpacking.
The Redbury (Hollywood): Visitors staying here get a free 24-Hour Fitness pass (upon request), but if they don't want to walk all the way to the gym, they can get a ride in the "complimentary BMW house car," which will drop guests off and pick them up within a three-mile radius of the hotel.
Sunset Tower (West Hollywood): Do not forget to systematically hoard the bath products. ST's rooms are stocked with tiny bottles of pricey Kiehl's lotions and potions. Caution: these products may be habit-forming. (Honorable mention for great face and body products goes to the Luxe City Center in Downtown, which features the Pasadena-based organic skincare line Lather in their rooms.)
Oceana Beach Club Hotel (Santa Monica): This hotel wants to help guests get out and about in SaMo, offering daily yoga class in the park and guided hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains, weekend surf lessons, beach cruiser rentals, and gym access (You're on vacation, but your glutes aren't.)
Andaz (West Hollywood): Let the Andaz's front desk staff know you're headed out for the day and they'll pack you a lunch in a reusable tote with a stainless steel water bottle for the walk, all of which are yours to keep. (The offer's only through the end of May, but still!)
Palomar (Westwood): This hotel literally offers you the creature comforts with the Guppy Love program—if you so request, staff will put a beta fish in your room before you arrive. They will also feed it while you're out. Already have your own pet? Bring it. Palomar will "accept your pet unconditionally, without any size or weight restrictions or extra charge"; he or she will get an in-room bowl setup and their name on the welcome board at the front desk. Human guests don't even get that!
The Standard (Downtown): Sure, these days more than a few hotels have gyms, but do any of them have the "retro inspired," wood-paneled gym from your parents' basement circa 1979 plastered with pictures of the Incredible Hulk and Rambo on them? No further questions.
The Line (Koreatown): Many hotels offer complimentary, co-branded bikes for guests to use, but The Line has glamorous, vintage-inspired Linus bikes for guests to use for free for four hours. They also created maps with bike routes for guests to tool around on.
Hotel Wilshire (Carthay/Mid-Wilshire): So many spots on Mid-Wilshire have awesome views of the hills (this hotel is no exception), but the vistas here are enhanced exponentially because they can be seen from inside a pool. For that reason, HW's rooftop pool takes the cake. Hotel guests can also drink for free at the hotel's daily wine tasting hour.
· Hotels Week 2014 [Curbed LA]