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Most amazing perks offered by hotels

Last updated on: March 23, 2012 11:07 IST

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Hotels go out of their ways to attract customers, some more so than others.

Let's take a look at some of the most outrageous amenities offered by the hospitality industry, according to Departures.

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Fragrance butler

Rosewood Hotels

North America and Saudi Arabia

Rosewood Hotels provides a dedicated fragrance butler in each of its North American and Saudi Arabian properties.

The butler arrives to guests' suites with a fragrance menu tailored to the hotel, with offerings like Chanel No. 5, Bulgari Black, Daisy Marc Jacobs and Chanel CoCo Mademoiselle.

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Artist in residence

Andaz 5th Avenue

New York City

Andaz provides cult-status graffiti gurus and tattoo artists to its guests. Top graffiti artists include Claudia 'Claw Money' Gold.

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Tea sommelier

The Lanesborough

London

Guests can talk to tea expert Karl Kessab on the characteristics and benefits of their selections, as well as various preparation techniques.

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Soap concierge

Viceroy Riviera Maya

Mexico

The soap concierge offers a variety of artisanal cleansing options, created by hand in nearby Mayan communities using organic ingredients.

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Pet psychic

Hotel Monaco

Portland, US

The psychic works with animals and their owners during a complimentary wine hour to solve behavioral issues and improve relationships.

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Lingerie delivery

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Las Vegas

The Hard Rock Hotel offers all manner of unmentionables (plus toys, bath treats and more) at Love Jones, their in-house boutique. Rather not leave the room to shop? The boutique has a room-service menu, open 24 hours.

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Mixologist

The Surrey Hotel

New York City

The Surrey's in-room mixologist is on call 24 hours a day, arriving within minutes with a fully stocked cocktail cart.

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Plastic surgery recovery

The Pierre

New York City

The hotel works in partnership with New York-Presbyterian plastic surgeon-in-chief Robert Grant, MD, offering a package that includes car service to and from the procedure, a private escort, someone to organise billing and registration before arrival, in-room spa treatments and a specialty menu designed by a nutritionist to encourage healing.

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Recovery concierge

Ritz Carlton

New Orleans

The Ritz designed their recovery concierge service to help guests snap back from a hangover- fast.

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Surf butler

St Regis Monarch Beach Resort

Dana Point

California

These experts will take guests' exact measurements before fitting them with a wetsuit and board. For neophytes, the butler will offer personalised surf instructions.

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Tanning butler

Ritz Carlton

South Beach

A butler, a fully trademarked SPF specialist, job it is to assist guests with maximising their tans and minimising sun damage.

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The Tartan butler

The Balmoral

Edinburgh, Scotland

The tartan butler offers expert guidance in tracing family heritage. Visitors can send their ancestor's name before arrival and he'll find which Scottish clan they belong to.

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On-Site genealogist

Lodge at Doonbeg

County Clare, Ireland

For those with Irish ancestry, there is a similar kin-seeking service offered by the Lodge at Doonbeg. The hotel employs two genealogists.

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Sleep concierge

The Benjamin

New York City

From her dozen-pillow menu, guests can select between a water-filled version (warmed or cooled to their tastes), a Nasa-designed Swedish Memory Foam version, a five-foot body cushion or an iPod-ready lullaby pillow.

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Hot wheels

The Four Seasons Hotel

Beverly Hills, California

Guests at the Four Seasons' top-tier suites can simply grab the keys to the hotel's Lamborghini Gallardo - or one of several other exotic luxury vehicles.

Those who take advantage of the hotel's complimentary Suite Drive programme can choose among a selection of Ferraris, Porsches, Maseratis, Bentleys and more.

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Spiritual menu

Hotel Preston

Nashville, Tennessee

Hotel Preston offers a full lineup of religious tomes. Guests can call room service to order from a list of holy books.

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Rock Star Recording Studio

Eden Rock

St Barths, Caribbean

Guests can use a professional-quality recording studio (the only private one on the island), which comes with a variety of instruments, microphones and sound equipment.

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Art concierge

Le Royal Monceau-Raffles

Paris

Le Royal Monceau hired expert Domoina de Brantes to guide guests through the art collections of Paris. De Brantes can create customized tour itineraries, or simply provide information about current exhibits and installations.


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