6 Incredible Hotel Mini Bars We’d Book a Room For
The days of $5 chips and bad wine are long gone. Today, in-room mini bars are all about gourmet fixings, local spirits, and irresistible extras—an embroidered tote, a recipe book—that make for perfect souvenirs. Here, six hotel mini bars we’d book a room just to have.
The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
There’s a lot we love about The Cape: rooms are sleek and stylish and look straight out at the Sea of Cortez and Cabo’s famous arch, the restaurant spotlights local Baja ingredients and was conceived by lauded Mexican chef Enrique Olvera, and the rooftop bar pairs inventive cocktails with spectacular sunset views. What we love even more? The in-room fixings that—in case you had any doubt—plant you firmly in Mexico. We’re talking about a complimentary crystal bottle of tequila with all the accompaniments—orange slices, candied mango, savory salt—you could ever want for your perfect margarita.
Hôtel Providence, Paris, France
This jewel box of a boutique, in the 10th arrondissement, drips with bold House of Hackney wallpapers, rich and brooding color palettes, and Victorian paintings hung above marble fireplaces. Our favorite feature, though, are the not-so-mini bars in each of the 18 guest rooms—all custom-made to look like traditional Parisian counters and tricked out with ice-makers and cocktail recipe books.
Opus Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia
British Columbia is famous for its wine and beer, and Vancouver’s Opus Hotel channels that with pride. Inside your in-room mini-bar, you’ll find everything from Grey Monk rosé and Legend Distilling gin (both in Okanagan Valley) to Frostbites Ginger Syrup made in nearby Squamish and mini growlers from Granville Island Brewing. Finished off the last drop? Any guests who take the 10-minute cab ride from the hotel to the brewery can get their empty growlers refilled.
Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn, New York
“Artisanal” has become a byword for Brooklyn these days. Wythe Hotel, which was converted from a 1901 factory near the Williamsburg waterfront, was among the first hotels to completely embrace that philosophy. Every detail is unwaveringly local, from the bespoke toile wallpaper to the mini-bars, which contain everything from small-batch beers by Sixpoint Brewery in Red Hook to thick-cut potato chips baked on Long Island’s North Fork.
Mondrian London, England
Just a few years ago, Ryan Chetiyawardana was just another face in a sea of hotel bartenders. Today, “Mr. Lyan” (as he’s commonly referred) has an “International Bartender of the Year” and “Best International Cocktail Bar” award under his belt—thanks to the innovative, boundary-pushing work he continues to do at the Mondrian London. Too many visits to lobby bar to justify another? Thankfully, you mini-bar is stocked with pre-bottled concoctions of his most beloved Dandelyan cocktails, including a "Beeswax Old-Fashioned," a "Bright-Eyed Collins," and a "Frosted Martini."
Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida
Miami’s Art Deco district didn’t need another swanky retro hotel when the Nautilus opened in 2015, but its 1950s-era design (midcentury banquettes and geometric chairs in the lobby; Bertoia bar stools surrounding the pool bar) and oceanfront setting set it apart from the rest. Mini-bars built inside vintage steamer travel trunks make a bold design statement in guest rooms, chock full of fine spirits, champagne, glassware, snacks, and even a Turkish towel, hat, and cabana club tote with flip flops to take to the pool.
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