Miss Your Favorite Hotel? These 15 Products Will Turn Your Home Boutique-Hotel-Chic
Bring travel memories home and make your place a permanent vacation destination with goodies from iconic spots around the country.
When an in-person stay at a fabulous hotel isn’t in the cards, cultivating vacation vibes calls for a bit of creativity — so we took a (virtual) tour of America’s most unforgettable retreats and rounded up the products that make them so special. Who says you have to take a trip to bring home a souvenir?
1: A New York Mood
The “Caroline’s Four Hundred” candle echoes the high-society grandeur of Caroline Astor, head of the family that founded the Big Apple’s historic St. Regis Hotel more than a century ago. Astor threw a famous ball for 400 guests in 1900, and elements of that fête — like the exotic woods of the ballroom, massive floral displays and sparkling champagne — inspired this scent, which is featured at St. Regis Hotels and Resorts around the world. Strike a match, pour yourself a glass of bubbly and think of the city lights on Fifth Avenue.
2: The Heart of Texas
It’s tough to single out a favorite item in the delightfully cheeky W Hotels bedding collection, but the playful charm of their Dallas outpost’s signature bandana throw is tough to beat. The beauty-queen tiara pillow that accompanies it is a sleeper hit as well: flip it over and you’ll find step-by-step instructions for creating pageant hair at your place.
3: Miami Mixology
Imagine yourself sipping a tropical cocktail at the sleek Matador Bar in the Miami Beach Edition from one of the hotel’s custom-tagged, copper-plated brass pineapples. It’s both a showstopping addition to any home bar and a fabulous housewarming gift: pineapples are a traditional symbol of hospitality.
4: Jet Set Stationery
Eero Saarinen’s spectacular TWA Hotel at JFK Airport evokes the golden age of air travel and dazzling design from its instantly recognizable exterior to spaces that reflect classic style all the way down to the desk sets. Each of its 512 guestrooms features signature red pencils from Musgrave Pencil Company — one of the only family-owned pencil manufacturers in the country.
5: Philly Pride
Guests at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia might feel a mysterious urge to jog the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum as Sylvester Stallone did in Rocky. Each room features a sporty sweatshirt-cotton robe that recalls the boxer’s signature look (and is equally suited to a movie marathon, if cardio isn’t your thing).
6: Boston Bedding
Visitors at Kimpton Onyx in Boston, in turn, get a one-two punch of regional swag: their rooms feature the Rocky robe and an accessory that celebrates the town’s distinctive slang and neverending vowels. Who needs to pahk their cah at Hahvad Yahd when they can just sink into a cushion like this one?
7: Classic California
Give your bedroom the Sunset Boulevard treatment with a pillowcase inspired by Martinique, the world-famous wallpaper at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Like the “pink palace” it evokes, this tropical fabric is both on-trend and decadent — it’s 100% silk.
8: Old Hollywood Ambience
Three miles away from the Beverly Hills Hotel at the celebrity-studded Chateau Marmont, cottages and bungalows are awash in the scent of the property’s signature Alessandra candle, a spicy blend of night-blooming floral notes accented with vanilla. It’s a mysterious aroma, and an apt choice when you want to make like a starlet and retreat to your tub.
9: Palm Springs Pop
The Parker Palm Springs is now synonymous with designer Jonathan Adler, thanks to Adler's series of dramatic makeovers that have infused the midcentury hotel with his neon-bright, eclectic style. Suites feature his sculptural, kooky amoeba, a groovy contemporary take on classic starbursts.
10: Brooklyn Bath Accessory
Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel brings graphic contemporary style to an old-school industrial setting — its hipster-cool rooms rise out of a refurbished 1901 factory building — and its architects designed much of its furniture from scratch. The striped Turkish towels slung across its tubs are custom, too — and while you won’t find them in other travel destinations, you can wrap yourself in one at home.
11: Coastal Kitsch
San Luis Obispo’s Madonna Inn has been cheerfully overwhelming visitors since 1958, and its 110 themed rooms and common areas could make Willy Wonka feel underdressed. Think pink and channel that larger-than-life spirit with a cozy robe patterned after the California landmark’s carpet.
12: Austin Boho
13: Desert Luxury
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is a polished oasis set in the rugged Tortolita Mountains outside of Tucson, and its décor puts a sophisticated spin on Southwestern materials. Ready for some Sonoran chic? Reach for one of the Ritz’s transitional Beacon lamps.
14: Steel City Style
To celebrate its opening in what was once the East Liberty YMCA, Ace Hotel Pittsburgh partnered with Pendleton to create woolen room blankets with a pattern that evokes the city’s design history, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ original colors and Pennsylvania quilting traditions. Bring the ‘Burgh home with a bedspread of your own.
15: The Louisville ... Penguins?
The four-foot-tall, cherry-red plastic penguins installed all over 21c Louisville found their way to Kentucky by way of Italy: the hotel’s founders saw and fell in love with the quirky sculptures at the Venice Biennale in 2005, then purchased them for an exhibition at the hotel in 2006. Visitors were as smitten as they had been, and the flightless fellows have spread to all 21c Museum Hotels. Perch a ceramic, 6-inch version on a bookshelf for a playful reminder that art can be fun — and that you’ll be traveling again someday.