Ever wanted to have a goldfish keep you company in a hotel room? In Asia, watching fish swim lazily is believed to lower your blood pressure, so maybe New York City’s Soho Grand hotel has a good idea. That’s just one of the more unusual freebies hotels are providing to guests these days according to Oyster.com, the website that reviews hotels.
All Kimpton hotels offer an early evening happy hour with free wine and beer, but the Kimpton hotel called the Monaco Hotel in Seattle will also set you up with easels, paint brushes, and paint.
At the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs, some rooms are equipped with record turntables and old-fashioned, vinyl records.
A number of Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons resorts in warm climes will spritz you with cool water as you sunbathe, but at the Four Seasons at Manele Bay in Hawaii, attendants deliver fruit on skewers, chilled towels, and the staff will even clean your sunglasses if they’re smudged.
The Hotel San Jose in Austin will loan you a Polaroid camera or Remington typewriter. And the Post Ranch Inn on Big Sur, CA, offers walking sticks to all hikers.
Good ideas, every one of them.