We’ve already listed 10 of the best hotel amenities for kids, but CNN’s Travel section opened our eyes to more awesome extras this week. Out of CNN’s 14 ridiculous hotel amenities, we found 10 that are fun and fantastic for families.
1. Fender Guitars
Many hotel guestrooms and suites offer in-room iPod docking stations, but for the families who really want to rock out on vacation, the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago offers complimentary Fender guitars. Guests can choose from 20 different guitars, including a $1,600 Stratocaster. Floor amps and headphones are also available for loan. Guests are required to put down a credit card in case of any damages, but other than that, families can rock out during their trip to the Windy City.
2. Special Pet Treatments
Don’t leave home without your furry friend on your next vacation – just stay in a Provenance hotel and bring Fido along. Hotel Max in Seattle, Hotel deLuxe and Hotel Lucia in Portland, Oregon, Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington, and Hotel Preston in Nashville all offer dogs acupuncture services, pet psychologists, and dog experts to strengthen the bond between you and your furry friend.
3. Country Wake-Up Calls
The Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville offers families special country music wake-up calls. Get in the country spirit with a morning call from Vince Gill, Trace Adkins, Kellie Pickler and other famous country music artists. You are in Nashville afterall!
5. Sleep Concierge
Whether you need a bedtime story for the kids or you need to speak with the in-house sleep specialist to figure out why you can catch some zzz’s while on vacation, The Benjamin’s sleep concierge is here to help. The New York City hotel also offers kid-size bathrobes and pillows, as well as dolls.
6. Recording Studio
Let your little ones sing their hearts out in West Hollywood at the Sunset Marquis Hotel. The California hotel offers a professional recording studio in its basement that guests can use to record their very own songs. The Nightbird Studio has recorded famous artists like Katy Perry and Christina Aguilera and now your children and teens can sing there, too!
7. Pet Goldfish
We love Kimpton Hotels and we can’t get enough of the chain’s pet goldfish program! Guests who want to have a pet during their stay can request to have a goldfish in their guestroom or suite. Kids will love feeding and watching the fish swim around its bowl.
8. Owl Delivery
Need to send a note to your teen who is currently exploring the other side of the Ashford Castle property? Use the castle’s resident owl, Dingle. The owl will swoop down and drop off your message or note and your teen will feel like he/she is in Harry Potter!
9. Dream Cars
For the mom or dad who has always wanted to drive a truly exceptional (but expensive!) car, stay at the Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in California. The resort offers guests access to a fleet of Porsches. Yes, you can drive a Porsche while on vacation! Be sure to take a picture so you can show friends and family who might not believe you!
10. Fragrance Platter
Forgot your perfume? Or maybe your teen wants to try a different scent for a special occasion? Stay at a Rosewood Hotel and request the Fragrance Butler. Guests will be able to choose from five female- and five male-oriented scents, all of which come on a silver platter straight to your door. Participating properties include The Carlyle in New York City and Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver.
– Hilarey Wojtowicz