These Hotel Brands Are Elevating the Guest Experience

INTERNATIONAL REPORT—From deep-dive exploration in the Bahamas to a restful night’s sleep via an app and a curated closet upon arrival, hospitality brands are stepping up their game to ensure guests have a memorable stay. Here’s a look at the latest guest experiences being offered:

Rosewood Launches Collection of Exclusive Journeys

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has unveiled Rosewood Limited Edition, a collection of one-of-a-kind travel experiences from the ultra-luxury hospitality brand’s properties across the globe. Comprised of 12 inspired excursions ideal for sharing with friends and family, Rosewood Limited Edition offers privileged access to the often-unreachable elements of today’s most desirable destinations, made available exclusively through Rosewood’s relationship with beloved brands, trusted tastemakers and local communities worldwide, according to the company.

Carefully curated to cater to “affluential explorers” with a variety of interests, each bespoke Rosewood Limited Edition package provides recipients with exclusive excursions and offerings that speak to the spirit and pastimes of its respective destination, from designing and customizing a vintage Jaguar Type E Cabriolet with renowned French designer Tristan Auer in Paris to deep-diving in search of a Ulysse Nardin Diver 42mm fine watchpiece in the Bahamian sea. Additional highlights, such as “glamping” in the middle of the Arabian Desert in a recreated Rosewood Abu Dhabi suite and a historic exploration of Myanmar old and new with renowned Burmese historian Dr. Thant Myint-U, provide an authentic and profound immersion into the local communities and traditions of several of the world’s most culturally significant cities and sites.

Novotel Gets Calm with its Newest Global Partnership

Calm, an app for sleep, meditation and relaxation, and Novotel Hotels, entered into a multi-year global partnership to help hotel guests achieve inner calm and restful travel experience. The forward-thinking partnership emphasizes the vital role of sleep, mindfulness and self-care while traveling, and is a leading example of a global hospitality brand integrating mental well-being into its guest programming. Beginning in January 2020 at Novotel locations in Canada, the partnership with Calm will be introduced at more than 530 hotels across 60 countries throughout the year.

As part of Novotel’s Time is on Your Side campaign, which enables travelers to discover relaxing moments, disconnect from their busy lives and connect more deeply with friends, colleagues and family, guests will experience the positive benefits of Calm—including guided meditations, atmospheric music, nature soundscapes, and over 150 Sleep Stories—all of which are designed specifically to instill a calmer mindset. As an added benefit, guests checking into a Novotel Executive Room will receive a complimentary 60-day Calm Premium subscription, giving them the tools to help them find more calm and mindfulness in their everyday lives.

W Hotels X Rent the Runway Team Up

Marriott International and Rent the Runway Inc. want guests to pack light, really light. Rent the Runway, the company that has pioneered apparel rental as an indispensable utility, and W Hotels, the playful luxury lifestyle brand that continues to rewrite the rules of hospitality, have teamed up to change the way women travel.

Now, for the first time ever, travelers can have access to all the perks of Rent the Runway on the road as the Rent the Runway (RTR) Closet Concierge launches at select W hotels around the country. Now, guests of W Aspen, W South Beach, W Washington D.C. and W Hollywood will have access to the ultimate travel wardrobe, curated by Rent the Runway for each destination and waiting for guests when they arrive—no packing or baggage required. This new service allows travelers to save time and money without sacrificing style.

Upon booking their room, W Hotel guests are able to choose four styles to rent for their stay from Rent the Runway’s Unlimited Closet for $69 USD. Guests have access to the entire Unlimited Closet in addition to being able to select from a destination-ready assortment tailored to each unique W hotel location incorporating Rent the Runway’s proprietary data on trending colors, designers, silhouettes and the climate of each location. To return, guests simply drop-off the items at the Welcome Desk at check-out.