We've scoured the city to bring to you some of the most lavish, unique, noteworthy, interesting, inane, and hush-hush amenities offered in NYC hotels. From The Four Season's white truffle facial to the W Hotel's wedding social media manager, read on for some of the most ridonkulous amenities that guests pay top-dollar for when checking-in.
1) Guests can pamper their pooch at The Benjamin, where Geoffrey Zakarian's James Beard Award-winning restaurant, The National, has devised a "five paw" in-room pet mini bar (warning: PDF!) that serves up a variety of elevated biscuits. Choices include Pat La Frieda Beef Bourguignon slow roasted with sweet carrots and parsley, and a Green Juice-flavored biscuit made from spinach, kale, sweet apples, spirulina, omega-three packed flax seeds and a touch of mint. Crack open a Bowser Beer for Fido to help him wash it all down; a beefy non-alcoholic brown ale with glucosamine to promote healthy joints. There's desert too, but we'll spare you the details.
Get your morning caviar fix at Le Parker Meridien's restaurant Norma's, where chefs dish up "The Zillion Dollar Frittata," a glorified omelette stuffed with the meat of an entire lobster and topped with 10 ounces of American Sturgeon caviar. Not sure what 10 ounces of American Sturgeon caviar looks like? Glance right. Not sure how much an omelette topped with 10 ounces of American Sturgeon caviar costs? $1,000.
3) Guests should savor each sip at Jean-Georges' restaurant in The Mark, where they can nab a bottle of 2010 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru for $3,900.
4) The Surrey offers an in-room mixologist who's on-call 24-hours a day. If a guest is hankering for a 3 a.m. Dark and Stormy, no problem; a call down to the front desk will have a mixologist with fully-stocked bar cart knocking at the door, ready to make a few drinks and show guests how to do it too. Think of it as a private bar: the service itself is free, but the liquor will cost you.
5) ↑ At The New York Palace, most guests are quick to walk by a gilded and closed door in the lobby, often not realizing that behind it is a reservation-required bar pouring some of the most unusual spirits in the world. Appropriately called Rarities, guests at the hotel's towers have priority in the 25-seat lounge, where bartenders pour everything from Louis XIII de Rémy Martin Rare Cask cognac, a $3,120 glass from one of two bottles in New York, to a pre-prohibition bottle of rye whiskey found in a Colorado crypt, where it had been stored and forgotten by a mine-owner for safe-keeping throughout the alcohol-verboten era.
6) At the Gansevoort Meatpacking and Park Avenue, guests have access to personal "bath butlers" who specialize in specific bath packages including 'detox', 'restore' or 'revive'. Bath butlers work directly with guests to select appropriate salts and oils according to their needs. The butler then draws the bath and explains all health and beauty benefits of the package.
Guests hosting their wedding at any of the W hotels across New York can now opt into hiring a social media manager, who will essentially live-tweet their ceremony. The hotel-provided service, at right, that includes uploading photos, Tweets, Instagrams, Vines, and Pinterest boards and creating hashtagsall free platforms, Hotel Chatter noteswill cost the happy couple $3,000. "Grandma Gladis first in line at desert buffet! #RDWedding #winning"
9) The Pierre offers a getaway for a very specific demographic: those healing from plastic surgery. Any room in The Pierre can be converted into a recovery room for post-operation guests. Available services include car service to and from the procedure, in-room spa treatments, and a special menu to spur on healing. All of this is performed by The Pierre's "Life Stage Personal Enhancement Team."
10) Guests can reignite the dwindling fire in their relationship at The Library Hotel, where they can buy into packages to enhance their stay. The Love Poems for Two package, "a couples massage for the mind and soul," includes a private workshop with the hotel's poet-in-residence where guests will write a poem to their loved one. The Erotica package buys guests a bottle o' Veuve, one dozen red roses, a Kama Sutra romance kit with massage oil, a feather tickler, playful wild cards, and a copy of the Kama Sutra.
Commence talk of all the expensive foodstuffs and other costly things guests can have rubbed on their face for hundreds of dollars:
A distinct concept in skincare created as a global anti-aging treatment for the most demanding complexions. Sophisticated ingredients, infused with marine DNA, penetrate to the deepest layers, providing long-lasting hydration and a regenerative effect. Diamond Multisensorial Lifting reinforces the skin's natural system of defense, improving elasticity and luminosity while simultaneously soothing and calming the skin. Designed for those looking for the ultimate in luxury skincare with radiant results. Emphasis our own. To our chagrin, actual diamonds don't seem to have anything to do with this treatment, which still costs $425.
12) La Prairie Spa at The Ritz Carlton Central Park offers a White Caviar Illuminating Facial, during which an aesthetician rubs creams and serums made out of white caviar on a guests face for 90 minutes and $1,250. La Prairie recommends this facial seasonly.
13) At the Four Seasons's L Raphael Spa, guests can indulge in the Oxy Star Anti Pigmentation treatment, during which ingredients, including white truffle extract, are smeared over guests faces for 50 minutes. At what cost? Oh, $1,100. Want that treatment performed in your room between the hours of 9 p.m. and 8 a.m.? Just add an additional $605.
And don't forget that 20-plus-percent tip.
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