Going the extra mile: Six hotel services you didn’t know you need

Hillside Beach Club Fethiye
Order your drinks straight from your mobile at the Hillside Beach Club in Turkey

Never mind your average turning down service, there are some hotels that have really thought about the needs of their guests.

You might be paying extra bucks for some of these ‘above and beyond’ additions to the chocolates on your pillow, but they are arguably worth it for the novelty factor alone.

British magazine Grazia recently rounded up a selection of the world’s finest concierge services and we have picked the ones we consider essential…


Hillside Beach Club in Fethiye, Turkey, has developed its own Beach Order app that allows you to order refreshing (alcoholic) beverages from the comfort of your sunbed.


Put A Record On

Ian Fleming wrote all 14 of his James Bond novels at the Golden Eye in Jamaica – perhaps because the staff create personalised musical playlists on request?


Do Not Disturb

Never worry about having to put the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign out, because the Seattle Hotel 1000 boasts ‘thinking doors’ that use body heat sensors to warn staff not to interrupt when things get hot and heavy.


Story Time

Too worn out from all the fun to hold up your book? The Langham in London’s Book Butler will pick and read you a bedtime story.


Rescue Remedy

Overdone it at the bar? The Ritz Carlton in New Orleans boasts its own Recovery Concierge, who will bring you a ‘hair of the dog’ Cure Royal as well as other hangover treatments.


Silverscreen Spa Service

The Lindner Hotel and Alpentherme in Switzerland deserves an Oscar for its ‘Kino im Pool’ film festival, which allows guests to watch cinema classics on the big screen from the comfort of the hot thermal waters.



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