It's time to trade the family-friendly minivan for a Mercedes-Benz. At these 8 properties, room reservations come not only with key cards, but access to some of the sleekest wheels around.
1961 Giulietta Spider, Four Seasons Hotel Milano, Milan, Italy
You don’t have to be a vintage car collector to appreciate the exquisitely-maintained beauty that is the Four Season Hotel Milano’s powder blue 1961 Giulietta Spider. The sophisticated convertible – which was only produced by Alfa Romeo from the mid-50s to 60s – exudes an old school Hollywood glamour entirely fitting of its Lake Como home. Guests of the Four Seasons Milano – along with those at properties in Firenze and France's Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat – can opt for the exclusive ‘En Route to la Dolce Vita’ driving package. While you struggle to decide between the Giulietta Spider, a Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Cabrio, or a Porsche 356 Speedster, the hotel organizes a personalized itinerary through the south of France and Italy, with sightseeing recommendations in Portofino, Finalborgo, Modena, and Parma, among others.
Maserati, Excelsior Hotel Gallia, Milan, Italy
You’ve just taken a long international flight, elbowed your way through a jam-packed baggage claim, and made it to the taxi stand outside only to wait another 30 minutes or so for a ride. What if instead of standing in a long line waiting for a cramped VW or public shuttle, you had your own private pick-up? At Milan’s Excelsior Hotel Gallia, guests bedding down in ultra-luxe Design, Galli Presidential, and Katara Royal suites are swept up from the airport in style – in one of the hotel’s three ‘made in Italy’ Maserati Ghiblis, that is. Not living the suite life? No worries; everyday from 8am to 8pm, any and all Excelsior guests are welcome to test out the bespoke courtesy cars on complimentary, chauffeur-escorted rides downtown.
Mercedes-Benz, The Ocean House, Watch Hill, Rhode Island
What’s better than having a complimentary Mercedes-Benz at your disposal? Having a whole fleet of ‘em! The Ocean House in Watch Hill has quite the impressive automobile collection, including a handful of E350 Cabriolet convertibles, SL550 Roadster convertibles, and ML350 SUVs. Cruise around the Gilded Age Newport Mansions, head for one of the area’s many wineries (hello, CT Wine Trail), or simply hit the open road on a destination-less drive. We’re more than certain that the borrowed whip will have you feeling all sorts of adventurous.
2017 Porsche Boxster convertible, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, Rancho Santa Fe, California
With the aid of a fleet of Porsches at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, you’re poised and ready for a movie star moment during your West Coast getaway. Cruise the PCH – salty Pacific wind coursing through your sun-kissed hair – in a race car-inspired 2017 Boxster convertible or a 2017 Cayenne crossover (if you've got a fam to accommodate). Just don’t get too carried away in the Boxster; that baby’s turbocharged engine means the slightest push of a pedal can take you from 0-60 in 4.9 seconds flat.
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1970 Citroën, Baccarat Hotel & Residences, NYC
The Baccarat is dripping in all things over-the-top (see: sparkling crystal chandeliers, vintage French art, and a Versailles-inspired all red bar) but the glamorous Midtown icon’s real pride and joy is a 1970 Citroën nicknamed Louis XV. The sedan’s once-futuristic silhouette is swathed in the spot’s signature red, and a chauffeur is on call to zip guests anywhere within 15 blocks of the hotel – West 53rd between 5th and 6th Ave – so you can roll up to the Rainbow Room, Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar, or the Metropolitan Club, in enviable style.
Rolls-Royce Phantom, The Peninsula Hong Kong
As Hong Kong’s oldest hotel, The Peninsula has a trailblazing reputation to uphold. Not one for turning down a challenge, the "Grande Dame of the Far East" set records with a fleet of timeless automobiles – including a 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II, two MINI Cooper S Clubmans, and, get this: 14 Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase vehicles, all customized in the blue chip hotel’s signature Brewster Green. All rides are kitted out with custom fridges and auxiliary iPod connections so you can snack whilst DJing your own ride.
BMW i8, The Epiphany Hotel, Palo Alto and Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel, California
Much to the joy of car-loving holiday-makers everywhere, two of Northern California’s premiere resorts have teamed up to offer a two-night road trip experience that traverses the think takes of Silicon Valley, the rustic wineries of Monterey, the quaint shops of Carmel-by-the-Sea, and everything else in between. Aside from the use of a scissor-doored BMW i8 – with a custom-curated route and accompanying map – the ‘Tale of Two Valleys’ package includes one night in a Luxury Suite at The Epiphany Hotel, one night in a Vineyard Oak Studio Suite at Carmel Valley Ranch, and an array of spa treatments, personalized wine tastings, and chef-prepared picnics.
Bentley Mulsanne, St. Regis New York
Driving in NYC is no joke – what with madly-honking cabbies, hordes of eyes in the skies tourists, and local pedestrians who all but ignore crossing signals. Alas, the see-and-be-seen city is an ideal place to bust out a sleek Bentley – especially when you’re not in the driver's seat, but the passenger's. At the St. Regis New York, a black Bentley Mulsanne house car is available to guests from 9 am to 9 pm everyday. Complimentary chauffeured rides include anything in a 10-block radius of the hotel’s spot on East 55th and 5th Ave – that means door-to-door pick up and drop-off at world class shopping destinations like Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, and Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as arts and culture hubs like Radio City Music Hall, the MoMA, and Museum Mile.