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Editor’s Picks: It’s the Little Things

We spend a lot of time on the road. So when hotels go that extra mile and add homey touches like fresh flowers, fluffy bathrobes and 1,000-thread-count sheets, we take serious notice. Here's a look at the small things that go a long, long way.

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1,000-Thread-Count Sheets

"The first thing I do after a check into a hotel is throw down my bags and jump on the bed like I'm Kate Winslet in The Holiday. So for me, there's nothing better than 1,000-thread-count sheets, fluffy duvets and a pillow menu. Honestly, if the bedding is amazing, I'm just as excited for the shut-eye as I am for the vacation."—Chelsea Bengier, Editorial Assistant

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A Fluffy Bathrobe

"One word: bathrobe. When a hotel gives me a fluffy robe (here’s lookin’ at you, Kimpton), I immediately feel like a goddess. Personally, I like to throw mine on as I test out the hotel stereo system."—Jamie Ratermann, Head of Social Media

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Free Goodies

"At The Grand Mayan in Playa del Carmen, there was free chilled fresh papaya and cactus juice in the lobby each morning and rich squares of dark chocolate on my bed at night. It goes without saying that it didn't take me any time at all to get on vacation time."—Lauren Dishinger, Associate Photo Editor

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A Toasty Fire

"Each evening at Villa Lena in Tuscany I returned back to my guestroom to find a roaring fire. As a New Yorker, this simple rustic gesture went a long way."—April, Senior Photo Editor

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Back-up Tech

"On far too many international trips I’ve managed to misplace my converter or not have the right adapter plug. While I’ll admit that sometimes it’s totally my fault, other times I’ve packed it away (it’s clunky…), only for my luggage to show up at my hotel three days late. Being able to call the front desk and request a backup is a lifesaver!—Chelsea Stuart, Editorial Intern

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A Record-Borrowing Program

"As a music lover, one of my favorite hotel perks was the LP-lending program at Saint Cecilia Hotel in Austin. After finding some of my favorites (Dylan, Hendrix, Simon & Garfunkel), I brought the records up to my guestroom to play them on the record player."—Clara Sedlak, Managing Editor

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Fresh Flowers

"After a long day of traveling, there's nothing quite like arriving in your hotel room to find a vase of fresh flowers. It's a small, thoughtful touch that somehow always leaves a lasting impression."—Siobhan Reid, Writer