Source: Daily Mail Travel
- Many hotels now boast extensive and extremely quirky mini-bar offerings
- At the Little Nell in Aspen the mini-bar has canned oxygen and Brain Toniq
- Hotel 41 in London has traded the mini-bar in favour of a lobby ‘maxi-bar’
Today, hotel mini-bars offer so much more than a bag of nuts and a chocolate bar.
From farmer’s market produce stocked in a Fresh Fridge, delivered to your room upon check-in, or your own in-room ice cream freezer, the world’s most luxurious hotels sure have upped their minibar game.
Here, MailOnline Travel looks at some of the most unique offerings from around the world. Go ahead, tuck in…
There’s no standard mini-bar at the Epiphany Hotel in California – instead a fully-stocked Fresh Fridge can be delivered on demand
Epiphany Hotel, Palo Alto, California
Who says that mini-bars need to be havens of unhealthy snacks? At the Epiphany Hotel in northern California, healthy food and drink options from local purveyors are readily and widely available, courtesy of their impressive Fresh Fridge offering.
But, here’s the catch – you’ll need to pay $95 (or about £61) for the entire fridge.
Still, if you plan to eat all of the farmer’s market produce, biotic yogurt, seasonal salads and superfood-infused power bars, the price tag isn’t quite so hefty.
In fact, you might even save money over eating out each night.
Baccarat Hotel & Residences, New York
This is essentially the opposite of a mini-bar, considering that all of the bottles stocked in the Baccarat Hotel & Residences in New York are full-sized – and, of course, extremely high quality.
The champagne is Ruinart, one of the oldest in the world, and the water is Badoit,
And should you care to tuck in to a treat, Parisian macarons and truffles from Fauchon are available to purchase.
Plenty of gorgeous glassware is also provided to add that touch of elegance.
Imbibe in the local whisky at the Andaz Tokyo hotel with their Japanese styled mini-bar.
There are two fine whiskies on offer: Hibiki 12 years and Hakushu 12 years, which is a single malt whisky from the country’s Southern Alps.
And don’t forget to try the okaki (a Japanese rice cracker) and the yokan (a bar of sweet jellied adzuki-bean paste) from some of the city’s finest establishments.
At the QT Sydney, their mini-bar has everything you could need – from booze to bowties to intimacy kits
This mini-bar quite literally has it all.
Chock full of premium spirits, like Belvedere vodka and Patron XO Cafe, there’s also organic beetroot tips and gingerbread cookies.
And preparing you for just about any contingency – it also comes stocked with vintage games, an emergency bowtie and an Intimacy Kit.
At the posh Mondrian London, guests need not worry about mixing their own cocktails – the hotel’s signature drinks are already made and available for them to enjoy from the comfort of their rooms.
The premixed concoctions from Mr Lyan include a Beeswax Old Fashioned, a Frosted Martini and a Bright-Eyed Collins and indulging requires nothing more than simply opening the bottle.
This brilliant (and extremely convenient) idea is the brainchild of Ryan Chetiyawardana, the man behind the hotel’s Dandelyan bar and the White Lyan in Hoxton.
The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado
The extremely well-stocked mini-bar at The Little Nell in Aspen is entirely complimentary – and refreshed every single day.
As well as snack staples, such as nuts and crisps, the hotel also offers some entirely unique items, such as canned oxygen (pictured in the blue can labelled ‘tru’) and Brain Toniq, a drink designed to give you a boost of mental clarity.
There’s also plenty of top shelf spirits, like Patron tequila, and an acclaimed selection of white, red and sparkling wine options.
Hotel Gansevoort, New York
The mini-bar gets one serious makeover at Hotel Gansevoort in the Meatpacking District of New York City.
Their Glamour Bar offers beauty enthusiasts an in-room arsenal of premium products from Too Faced, Bumble and bumble. and Hampton Sun.
Available on-demand, the staff will install a custom-made Hollywood vanity mirror fully outfitted with all you need to banish all signs of jet-lag.
The beauty bar also offers complimentary hair straightening irons and hair dryers for guests to use throughout their stay.
Le Quartier Francais Hotel, South Africa
Those who are eager for an authentic taste of South Africa – and who happen to be staying at Le Quartier Francais Hotel – you don’t even need to leave your room to find it.
In the complimentary mini-bar, guests can sample some unexpected treats, such as confit citrus rinds encrusted with sugar and oak dust-smoked nuts.
Vanilla fudge and rusks, as well as twice-baked Afrikaan biscuits are also available to sample.
Athenaeum Hotel, London
At the Athenaeum Hotel in London, the mini-bar offers complimentary Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in a freezer compartment (left), while the mini-bar at Hotel Football in Manchester is meant to remind guests of their youth
Check into the rooftop suite, an apartment or any park view room at London’s lavish Athenaeum hotel in Mayfair and you get a rather cool surprise – complimentary Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in a freezer compartment.
Flavours include cookie dough and chocolate fudge brownie.
An adjacent mini-bar is stocked with gin, crisps and chocolate. MailOnline Travel recommends enjoying all these on the private balcony, which has superb views across Green Park to some of London’s most famous landmarks.
Hotel Football, Manchester
The newly-opened property is backed by former Manchester United players, Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and Nicky Butt, and is chock full of sporty charm.
And yes, that includes the complimentary mini-bar, which is meant to remind guests of their youthful days spent out on the pitch.
Treats inside include Space Raiders, Wham bars, Fizzy Vitmo, Curlywurly and Drumsticks, just to name a few.
And for the bigger kids, Cafe Football beer is also included.
Hotel 41, London
Forget about the mini-bar! At Hotel 41 in London, it’s all about the maxi-bar.
Known as the ‘Plunder the Pantry’ service, guests are free to help themselves to a wide array of complimentary snacks around the clock – from freshly baked bread and quiches to platters of smoked salmon and cured meats.
Several sweet treats are also available, including a mini fridge stocked with Haagen Dazs ice cream.
There’s even an Honesty Bar where guests can pour their own night cap.