Spring Fling Without the Cha-Ching!

canberraApril showers bring May flowers… in your hotel room.

It’s not often that you hear of hotels giving guests something for nothing, but this spring, the Hyatt Century City in Los Angeles is gifting visitors with the sweet smell of seasonal blossoms—for free.

The popular L.A. lodging recently installed a flower cart beside its front desk. Upon check-in, guests are given a small vase and told they can design their own floral arrangement to bring up to their room, at no extra charge.  Blossoms range from tulips, daisies, and irises to chrysanthemums, sunflowers and carnations.  According to Hyatt staff, the flowers are changed out twice a week and the vases are recycled.

The free flower campaign has been so popular the chain hopes to expand it to other Hyatt hotels across the country.  The program comes on the heels of another free service the company debuted in early February which allows guests to borrow items that they have forgotten at home, such as mobile device chargers, nail polish remover, disposable razors, and yoga mats.

If you are staying at one of the four New York boutique hotels that belong to the Library Hotel Collection you can also take advantage of a unique free service.  To make your stay more comfortable the lodgings allow you to customize your room when booking online.  Personalized options include coffee makers, lighted make-up mirrors, noise reducers, a mini-refrigerator, down or memory foam pillows, hypoallergenic bedding and eye masks.

Meanwhile, if you book a room at one of Hilton Worldwide’s luxury Conrad properties you are given the opportunity to choose from three different brands of upscale toiletries, including Aromatherapy Associates, Shanghai Tang, and Tara Smith Vegan Hair Care.  Guests are allowed to pick a number of products they want to use without having to pay extra for them.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.