Reid’s Palace Hotel, Madeira has an interesting selection of free soft drinks in the room fridge, replenished daily and free DVDs and novels to borrow
The Dorchester, London places a real Christmas tree in their bedrooms and suites during the festive season, decorated with tasteful green and red bows and baubles
Bahia Del Duque, Tenerife has its own observatory where you may gaze on the moon, Jupiter or Saturn
Bel Air, Los Angeles has a Swan Lake with its own swans
The Taj at Mansingh Road, Delhi has three world class restaurants in one hotel: Varq, Wasabi and House of Ming
The Capri Palace Hotel, Capri serves the best Eggs Benedict in the world*
The Peninsula, Los Angeles allows 24-hour check out and check in. Let them know you are arriving at 5am, and your room will be ready. Similarly, if you have a late flight, your room will be yours until you leave the hotel for the airport. (No extra charge for this service, on top of the room rate.)
Bernadus Lodge, Carmel Valley, CA has a gorgeous patio with mature honeysuckle shrubs and frequent hummingbird visitors
The Pera Palace, Istanbul has its Agatha Christie room, complete with her typewriter and is the room where the novelist wrote ‘Murder on the Orient Express’.
Meadowood, Napa Valley CA has two championship croquet lawns, a resident professional coach and all players have to wear white
The Sant’Andrea Hotel, Taormina, Sicily has its own large sandy beach directly under the expansive hotel terrace, with rock pools and lifeguard
*according to me
How do you differentiate one luxury hotel from another? These hotels all had something special about them, causing me to remember them and wanting to return. I’ll make another list soon.