The spots you need to stay at for little bottles worth smuggling home in your suitcase.
Hands up if the first time you ever stayed at a hotel you thought the little bottles and tubes of lotions and potions littering the bathroom counter were the best thing ever? Us too. And through the process of a) traveling to cities (and thus, hotels) all over the world and b) raiding people's homes, we've realized we're not alone in this. To put it frankly, some spoils are better than others, and who's going to not pilfer baby bottles of Le Labo, Kiehls and Hermès? As we found by polling a few of our Covs, next to nobody is immune. Happy hoteling!
“My favorite [hotel toiletries] thus far are Eau d’Italie! They are exclusively at Le Sirenuse in Positano, Amalfi Coast… absolutely fantastic and divine! This other favorite is at Hotel Bel Air–La Prairie… fabulous!”
"The Anne Semonin Verbena Bath Salts and Bamford Geranium Body Wash make for a very luxurious bath when you're jet-lagged out of your mind at the Palace Hotel Tokyo. Plus, they give you individually wrapped disposable face cleaning cloths which are appealing in that adorable Japanese organizational way. I also got totally hooked on Le Labo Rose 31 at a Fairmont hotel, once. It's pretty dumb to think that I had to fly to Southampton, Bermuda to discover a scent from a New York perfumery I already knew and patronized, but just never thought to try. Anyhow, by the time my trip was over, I was full-blown addicted to the very intoxicating not-your-granny's-rose shampoo/conditioner/shower gel/body lotion situation which provoked me to steal a handful of mini-bottles off the housekeeping cart on my way to check-out."
“The one item I always seem to forget is toothpaste. Anyone else? Years ago, I checked into The Bowery, went to freshen up and sure enough I'd forgotten you know what. I used the Marvis toothpaste the hotel had generously supplied and have been using it ever since. When you walk into The Gramercy Park Hotel the scent is intoxicating! It's a really woodsy leathery masculine aroma that is so rich and delightful. My first stay there I had to inquire as to what it was and it turns out that it's a candle by Le Labo called Cade 26. I immediately ordered Le Labo candles and soon thereafter bought their laundry detergent which I reserve for sheets only. Climbing into bed with freshly washed Le Labo linens is quite the luxury!”
“Given that I spent more nights in hotels than I did in my own bed in August, I humbly consider myself to be somewhat of a hotel aficionado. From the best mini bars (The Edition in London) to the best shower pressure (Soho House Berlin) there are specific things I have come to look forward to while staying at certain hotels, at the top of the list- toiletries! I discovered Body Deli–an all organic skin care line made in Palm Springs–when staying at The Ace Hotel there. All the products give your body a hit of chemical free goodness and the shampoo is sulphate free. What more could you ask in your-post pool shower?
Being on the road means running out of essentials, like your favorite face wash, on the semi-regular. Enter the new 60 Thompson in New York. With a bathroom stocked full of Ren hair (also sulphate free!) and face products you may just become a convert and leave your old products behind! After getting off a plane there is nothing that feels better than giving my face a good scrub with these products.
For an over the top product and sensory overload, nothing beats the Soho House in Berlin. Both the tub (a small sized swimming pool) and the shower (a small skating rink) have full industrial sized bottles of all Cowshed products. You can lather and repeat till your heart's content.”
“Le Labo at the Park Hyatt, NYC: We shot our latest Jane’s Addiction video there and the chic little Le Labo soaps trumped every other beauty product I brought to the shoot. Everyone was fighting over who got to take them home.
Red Flower at the Mayflower Inn and Spa in Washington, CT: French lavender body wash and hair products are in the rooms, but if you want to branch out, their Icelandic Moonflower flavor is offered in the spa’s locker room.
Malin + Goetz at the Ace Hotel, LA: Seeing the bright letters popping out from the soap dish and the shower brings instant happiness.
Aesop at Gramercy Park Hotel, NYC: Showers are like spas, given that theirs is filled with this brand’s shampoo, conditioner and three cleansers, including my favorite, Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser.”
“Not every hotel has the greatest amenities, but I’ve discovered some of my now favorite products from the times when I’ve forgotten my toiletries on a trip or when my luggage didn’t make it! I love Le Labo which you can find at the Fairmont hotels. They have a rose body bar that almost smells woodsy and is super moisturizing, which is rare for hotel finds! The Four Seasons has L’Occitane diffusers that smell amazing. The Trump Soho has the softest slippers that feel like you’re walking on pillows. The Peninsula Hotels have Oscar De La Renta toiletries, including a shampoo and conditioner which actually work really well!”
“The Peninsula Hong Kong’s presidential suite, where they once put me, had LARGE bottles of everything Jo Malone, which I adore. Shampoos, conditioners, soaps, lotions, even a scent. Dar Ahlam, in the Skoura oasis in Morocco, had the most divine homemade soaps: thin slivers of honey and lavender scented soaps arranged on a beautiful plate by the tub and on the vanity. They were replaced with fresh slivers every time the room was serviced.”
“Honestly this might sound a little bougie, but since I first went to Chateau Marmont about four years ago and discovered Kiehl's. Ever since then I've been swearing by their products!”
Ji Hye Park
“This might sound bad, but I usually never use any of the hotel toiletries. I'm always carrying around travel sizes of my own products that I use instead.”