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Luxury Hotels How to Get the Most Out of Your Stay

Luxury Hotels: How to Get the Most Out of Your Stay

The services offered at luxury hotels are second to none. Where else can you enjoy a morning swim, eat a buffet breakfast, schedule a spa or salon service, dine at a gourmet restaurant, see a show and enjoy casino gaming, all under one roof?

Amenities are items or services that help to improve the guest experience. When planning a luxury hotel stay, those with extensive amenities can greatly enhance your visit. These amenities are designed to give guests a comprehensive experience without having to leave the premises. From pools and day spas to award-winning restaurants and world-class entertainment, modern luxury hotels are offering guests everything they could desire at their fingertips.

Having top-notch amenities available during your stay makes everything from packing to check-in and even sleeping more convenient and enjoyable. A recent J.D. Power guest satisfaction survey revealed that some of the most important guest amenities include free Wi-Fi, free parking and luxurious bedding. Today’s hotel guests want modern conveniences with the comforts of home, and hotels are rising to the challenge.

When planning your luxury hotel visit, look for the best hotel amenities that will accommodate your needs. Luxury hotel amenities include diverse dining options and plenty of fun and exciting activities and entertainment. Well-appointed guest rooms and convenient guest services are also high on the list of desired amenities. Those extra-special touches such as boutique shopping and onsite spas are also outstanding guest amenities that can make your luxury hotel stay extra special.

Versatile Food and Dining Options

Guests revealed that being able to get food without having to leave the hotel was extremely important to them

Food is an important factor to consider when planning your hotel stay. In a recent Samsung survey on hotel guest experience, guests revealed that being able to get snacks or food without having to leave the hotel was extremely important to them. Whether you are a looking for a quick bite to eat after a long day of traveling or want an exceptional dining experience for two, most luxury hotels offer many convenient dining options, available whenever you want them.

Most luxury hotels feature a variety of cafes and restaurants that will please even the most discerning palates. Cafes with sandwiches, coffee, salads, sweets and other light fare are perfect for a quick bite or late-night meal or snack. Casual, family-friendly restaurants that offer burgers and traditional food favorites are another dining option. Buffets offering meals from breakfast to dinner are also a favorite dining staple in many luxury hotels. Award winning restaurants featuring world-class cuisine are amenities that many hotel guests look for when planning their luxury hotel visit.

For those guests who wish to dine in their rooms, most luxury hotels offer room service. This convenient option is usually available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a special menu being offered. Room service is a great option for guests who want to sleep in, relax or enjoy the comforts of their room without having to venture out. In-room refrigerators and coffee makers give guests even more in-room dining options since they can enjoy coffee and dessert and even a morning bowl of cereal in their rooms. Hotel sundry shops also offer a variety of snacks and drinks for enjoying in your guest room.

Comfortable bars and lounges are a luxury hotel staple. Available for enjoying cocktails before dinner or a nightcap after an evening of casino gaming and live entertainment, bars and lounges are a great place to relax and enjoy a quiet moment alone or a drink with friends. Guests can responsibly imbibe without having to worry about getting on the road.

Well-Appointed Guest Rooms and Suites

Luxury hotels boast first-rate accommodations and beautiful guest rooms. With amenities designed with guests’ comfort and convenience in mind, it is a wonder that they would ever want to leave their rooms. Modern hotels are furnishing their rooms with state of the art technology and lavish bedding and linens along with traditional amenities that guests expect and appreciate.

Guest rooms are beautifully decorated and appointed with comfortable plush furniture ideal for resting and relaxing. Spacious powder rooms with lighted makeup mirrors enable guests to quickly and conveniently get showered, dressed and ready for their next adventure.

Many guests list the view from their hotel room as an important amenity. Many luxury hotels offer guests their choice of room orientation, with different views on all sides. Guests can choose from views of the pool or beach, city and any other unique property features.

Traditional hotel amenities such as free Wi-Fi, in-room safes, hair dryers and ironing boards are available for guest convenience, along with coffee makers and refrigerators, which although simple, are highly appreciated. Luxury hotels take these conveniences a step further by offering luxurious pillow-top bedding, lush towels and linens, spa-inspired toiletries and flat screen televisions, all designed to enhance your experience.

Diverse Events, Activities and Nightlife

Having a wide variety of activities from which to choose is a must-have for many hotel guests. Luxury hotels feature various activities and amenities that keep guests engaged and entertained. Beautiful pools and fitness centers with modern exercise equipment are available in most luxury hotels and are a great option for helping guests relax and feel their very best. Indoor pools offer the opportunity for swimming in all weather and seasons.

Many luxury hotels boast spacious live entertainment venues for the concerts and shows that are featured throughout the year. These venues host a diverse mix of acts from world famous music groups to top rated comedy shows. Here, you can have a nice dinner before seeing world-class entertainment and even stop by the lounge for a nightcap before retiring upstairs.

Some luxury hotels offer casinos and gaming. With a wide variety of slot machines and table games, casinos ensure that you have a very good time while trying to win big. In addition to casino gaming, some hotels offer 24-hour gaming and even onsite horse and sports betting. Casinos offer a fun and exciting way to enhance your luxury hotel stay.

Distinctive Experiences

Distinctive shopping and spa experiences are 2 of the most sought-after hotel amenities that guests enjoy

Guests at luxury hotels are looking for unique experiences not found in average hotels. Distinctive shopping and spa experiences are two of the most sought-after hotel amenities that guests enjoy. Here, they can get a taste of fine dining, shopping and spa treatments without ever having to leave the hotel.

Boutique and specialty shops featuring clothing, jewelry and even gourmet foods are luxury hotel features that many guests enjoy. Here you can purchase a new outfit, select a fine piece of jewelry, buy souvenirs from your visit or even sample gourmet goodies.

Relaxing spas featuring skin care and body treatments are tranquil havens where you can let your cares slip away. Here you can unwind with a massage or facial, schedule some couples time, and enjoy the luxurious robes, tranquil music and peaceful environment.

Full-service salons are available for everything from manicures and pedicures to even full makeovers. Hotel salons offer services such as haircuts and styling to makeup and nail services. Hotel salons offer an excellent way to spoil yourself or to prepare for weddings, special events or a fun evening out.

Top-Notch Guest Services

No matter how extensive the amenities, hotel guests are still looking for excellent customer service and convenience above all. Hotels with an attentive and professional staff make a connection with guests and make them want to come back again and again.

Concierge services that help guests arrange dining reservations, transportation and even special items and requests are a highly regarded hotel amenity. Member rewards and VIP programs, where guests receive exclusive offers and discounts, make guests feel that they are special and appreciated. These rewards can range from discounts for dining and spa services and special members-only events to casino credits and free parking.  

Complimentary self-parking and valet services are other amenities that many hotel guests enjoy. While most guests are perfectly content with parking their own vehicles, others enjoy the option of having their car parked and retrieved for them. Room service remains an amenity that is used and appreciated by many guests. Luxury hotels offer an extensive and delicious room service menu, perfect for lazy mornings and late-night cravings.

Many luxury hotels offer special discounts to U.S. Armed Forces members and AAA members

Many luxury hotels offer special discounts to military discounts to U.S. Armed Forces members and AAA members. Discounted group rates are also available when planning a large event such as a wedding or family reunion. Be sure to check with the hotel before booking to see if you are eligible for any special rates or discounts.

Planning Your Luxury Hotel Stay

The hotel amenities you seek usually depend on the purpose of your visit. Whether you are traveling for business or just seeking a few days of rest and relaxation, booking your stay at a luxury hotel ensures that your visit will be a great one.

Popular reasons for booking at a luxury hotel include:

  • Family vacations- When traveling with the family, luxury hotels are a suitable option. With amenities such as pools, family-friendly dining options and well-stocked sundry shops, grabbing some pool time and snacks with the kids can be relaxing and fun. 
  • Weddings- Luxury hotels are also great locations for weddings. They are equipped to handle a large number of guests and offer amenities that can extend your wedding into a multi-day event. They offer many activities for your family and friends and allow your guests, especially those from out of town, the ability to relax and enjoy your wedding without having to worry about driving home or arranging transportation from place to place. The bridal party can also have all of their salon services done without having to leave the hotel. 
  • Romantic getaways- If you and your loved one want to get away, a luxury hotel is a perfect destination. Enjoy room service and the beautiful view if you wish to stay in your room, or enjoy a romantic dinner or a couples massage at the spa. 
  • Business travel- Luxury hotels are also great places to stay for business meetings and corporate events. With large conference rooms, state of the art AV equipment, free Wi-Fi, voicemail service and full-service business centers, luxury hotels provide everything you need to host a successful event. Even if you are there for a business trip, you can find time to enjoy all of the luxury hotel amenities, since they are all under the same roof. 
  • Special events- Whether you are hosting a family reunion, a weekend with friends or even a bachelor/bachelorette party, consider a luxury hotel. With diverse dining options, a fun and exciting nightlife, casino gaming and your choice of bars and lounges, you can have the event of your dreams. Guests can safely enjoy themselves until the wee hours and only have to travel a few floors to their guest room for a good night's sleep.

Planning a fun-filled stay is easy when you have a variety of activities from which to choose. When planning your visit, be sure to check the hotel event calendar to see what kinds of events are being offered. Most hotels advertise their live entertainment shows many months in advance, and offer online ticket purchasing. Casino hotels usually host gaming tournaments throughout the year, which are fun activities around which to plan your stay.

If you are planning on indulging in any spa or salon services, be sure to book your time in advance if possible, as appointment times usually fill up quickly. Make reservations for any fine dining restaurants you wish to visit. The beauty of staying at a luxury hotel is that with all of the dining and entertainment options available, you can still have a great time even if you have not planned anything at all.

One of the best things about staying in a luxury hotel is that they already provide many of the items that you would otherwise have to pack. From hair dryers to lavish toiletries, many of the items that you need and use each day are already waiting for you. Do not worry if you forget something at home. Most luxury hotels feature well-stocked gift shops and boutiques where you can purchase anything from snacks and souvenirs to jewelry and clothing.

When packing for your luxury hotel stay, consider the activities that are available

When packing for your luxury hotel stay, consider the activities that are available. You may want to bring your swimsuit to take a dip in the hotel pool or pack your sneakers and fitness apparel for working out at the fitness center. Consider bringing formal attire for a fancy evening out, or casual outfits for watching a show or enjoying a relaxing dinner. You may also want to bring comfortable shoes for shopping or walking around the hotel casino.

Find all of the luxury hotel amenities you seek at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. From our award winning restaurants to boutique shopping and luxurious spa, we have everything you need to plan your relaxing weekend, wedding or next corporate event. Enjoy world-class entertainment in our event center and smoke-free gaming in our beautiful casino, featuring 2,300 slot machines, 41 gaming tables and 18-table Poker Room. Wrap up your day with a good night’s sleep in one of our 500 beautiful guest rooms. Make a reservation today to experience all that Dover Downs Hotel & Casino has to offer.