Call us spoiled, but free wine tastings don’t mean quite as much to us as they used to. Maybe it’s because the ante is always going up: Clients are kept happy with complimentary afternoon teas (the one at Bermuda’s Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa boasts the tastiest petits fours), free soda-pop bars and poolside treats (the popsicles at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami came at just the right time). Some hotels are even pushing the concept of the complimentary breakfast: The full traditional Israeli breakfast at King David Jerusalem Hotel, which includes salads, fresh-baked pita, hummus, smoked fish and shakshuka, puts anemic croissants and drip coffee to shame.
Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa 30 Kings Point Rd., Sandys, 800-468-7300, cambridgebeaches.com
King David Jerusalem Hotel 23 King David St., Jerusalem, 972-2-6208888,
Four Seasons Hotel Miami 1435 Brickell Av., Miami, Florida, 305-358-3535, fourseasons.com/miami
1 At The Upper House, in Hong Kong, the beguiling free drinks go beyond the beer; try the Detox, the Wake Up or the Sharpen Up (grapefruit, passion fruit and yerba maté).
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, 852-3968-1111, upperhouse.com
2 Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam restocks its minibars daily with beer, wine, rum, gin, vodka, whisky, cognac, Coca-Cola, 7UP, orange juice, sparkling and flat water, tonic water, plus a Toblerone bar and nuts to munch on as you sip.
Prins Hendrikkade 108,
3 The minibar at NYC’s Greenwich Hotel treats you to goodies like Robust Russet Cape Cod potato chips and Cracker Jacks (prize included).
377 Greenwich St.,
Free check-in treats for you and me.
Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort Riviera Maya
Ay ay ay ay, you may never want to leave. Mexico’s Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort Riviera Maya says hi with a bottle of Tequila Don Julio in your room.
Carretera Cancún-Tulúm Km 62, 52-984-877-4400, rivieramaya.grandvelas.com
Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay
The Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay in Oman welcomes its guests with fresh dates and a strong Arabic coffee. Could there be a better antidote to jet lag?
NEW YORK CITY
East meets West at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City, which greets you with a tea ritual that involves freshly baked treats delivered to your room with a pot of Mandarin Blossom, a Chinese green tea perfumed with the essence of mandarin oranges that’s exclusive to this hotel.
80 Columbus Circle, 866-801-8880, mandarinoriental.com/newyork
When you arrive at 3 p.m., clink your glass with the front desk manager at Ottawa’s ARC The.Hotel – a glass of Prosecco awaits every guest at check-in time.
140 Slater St., 800-699-2516, arcthehotel.com
Good Reason to Upgrade
The freebies offered to those who book an Algodon Royale Suite at the new Algodon Mansion in Buenos Aires run the gamut (from pyjamas to late checkout), but all we heard was “personal chef service.”