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How to Sleep in a Hotel Bed Every Night (and Drink from Fine Hotel Crystal)

By Jen Murphy

Apr 7, 2015

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Admit it: You’ve taken home a few Aesop body lotions or Le Labo shampoos from a hotel room. Don’t feel so guilty. When we polled hoteliers, we learned that toiletries aren’t all guests like to take home. The Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C. confided that they’ve had guests swipe wine glasses, 1920s banquet chairs, a five-gallon punch bowl, and a silver champagne bucket (later spotted by a staff member on eBay). If you love a hotel’s style, there’s no need to break the law—now, many hotels sell a lot of their lovely outfittings, from bedding to furniture to glassware. All you have to do is ask. Here are 9 very different hotels whose style we want to steal—we mean, um, legally purchase.

1. For the Avid Glamper
Laura Aviva helped design the fabulous glamping tents at Dunton Hot Spring’s Cresto Camp in Dolores, Colorado (pictured above). The colorful alpaca throws and pillows that adorn the beds can be purchased through L’Aviva Home.

Baccarat Hotel NYC March 2015 (187)

2. For the Cocktail-Obsessed
Guests can purchase almost any piece they see throughout the new Baccarat Hotel in New York City (antiques are the exception) and have them hand delivered to their room or shipped back home. I want the Mille Nuits flutes and the Harmonie tumblers for my home bar.

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3. For the One Who Loves Sleeping In
Waldorf Astoria received so many guest requests about their uber-comfy beds that now, they sell the mattress, box springs, bedding, and pillows through their online shop. Kind of brilliant.


4. For the Farmer-at-Heart
Guests at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee often compliment the dishes used at the Barn Dining Room. Ashes from the Barn’s fireplace have been mixed into the glaze of the locally-made pottery, and the hotel’s master gardener is responsible for the drawings found on the Barn’s line of china by Bernardaud of France. Both can be purchased at the hotel gift shop or online store.


5. For the Modern Maven
The stylish Citizen M brand, which opened its first U.S. outpost in NYC last year, designed its rooms and common spaces with bold, colorful furniture from Vitra. The Swiss furniture company sells many of the pieces, including the Heart Cone Chair and Eames lounge chair, as well as the adorable Eames elephant. The bubble lamps found in the lobbies were designed by Modernica—but, sadly, can’t be purchased from the hotel’s website.


6. For the Knitting Fanatic
The Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland can boast that all of its furnishing and accessories—from side tables to sconces—were created by designers from Canada and Europe. Last fall the hotel partnered with KLAUS by Nienkämper, Canada’s longest-running design showroom, to bring international distribution to the 70 piece-collection. Profits from sales go back to the Fogo Island community. I’m dying to brighten up my apartment with a Snake Cushion Stool (pictured above). The cushion is made from tiny scraps of yarn.



7. For the Outdoorsy Type
If you’re a fan of outdoor living, then you’re probably familiar with outdoor furniture brand Dedon. Bobby Dekeyser, the founder, opened Dedon Island Resort in Siargao, Philippines as a test lab for many of his designs. Having a Dedon Nest Rest in your backyard is the next best thing to an exotic island escape.


8. For the Design Nerds
Château de la Resle isn’t your typical French château. The owners had so much fun renovating the building with art and modern design pieces that they decided to launch their own design label. They invited some of their favorite Dutch designers, including Jeroen Wand and design duo Carolina Wilcke and Reinier Bosch to help collaborate on the collection. I want to take home designer Roderick Vos’s Chablis candelabra and his gorgeous chopping boards.

Smyth_Chunky Throw Blanket by Jon Giswold9. For Those Who Like to Get Cozy
Smyth, A Thompson Hotel in NYC worked with Gachot Studios to renovate the hotel interiors last fall. John and Christine Gachot worked with friends and family to produce everything from the furniture to the lighting and a curated selection of art and books. Almost all of the furniture and accessories were sourced locally, including the chunky throw blankets by Jon Giswold and the ceramics by Long Island City artisan Eric Bonnin. The Matryoska nesting dolls by Christina Leung are available at the Cooper-Hewitt gift shop.

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