Slideshow: 7 Hotel Traditions that Add Spunk to Your Stay

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Slideshow: 7 Hotel Traditions that Add Spunk to Your Stay

As hotels seek to draw guests and build recognition in a competitive space, many properties have expanded their offerings to include not only top-notch accommodations but also memorable moments. From Champagne bottle slicing to world-renowned sandwiches, these seven hotels offer one-of-a-kind rituals and traditions to enhance every guest's stay. Read More:
7 Hotel Traditions that Add Spunk to Your Stay
The St. Regis Aspen Resort – Aspen, Colorado

The St. Regis Aspen Resort – Aspen, Colorado

Champagne sabering
The sommelier at The St. Regis Aspen Resort gathers a nightly crowd to watch as he severs a bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine with a saber. During particularly high occupancy periods, the resort will use a magnum bottle of bubbly for an even bigger "wow" factor. Find out more about:
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As hotels seek to draw guests and build recognition in a competitive space, many properties have expanded their offerings to include not only top-notch accommodations but also memorable moments. From Champagne bottle slicing to world-renowned sandwiches, these seven hotels offer one-of-a-kind rituals and traditions to enhance every guest's stay. Read More:
7 Hotel Traditions that Add Spunk to Your Stay

The St. Regis Aspen Resort – Aspen, Colorado

Champagne sabering
The sommelier at The St. Regis Aspen Resort gathers a nightly crowd to watch as he severs a bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine with a saber. During particularly high occupancy periods, the resort will use a magnum bottle of bubbly for an even bigger "wow" factor. Find out more about:
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The DoubleTree by Hilton – Worldwide

Chocolate chip cookies
The aroma of warm chocolate chip cookies welcomes guests at DoubleTree by Hilton properties across the globe. At check-in, each guest is given a cookie to enjoy — a tradition that began in the early 1980s and has since made use of more than 580,000 pounds of chocolate chips per year, according to DoubleTree. Find out more about:
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The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C. – Washington, D.C.

Presidential cookies
You may not be a Leader of the Free World, but who said you can't eat cookies like one? The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C., knows how to satisfy your sweet tooth by offering nightly cookies in the lobby, each baked from favorite recipes of U.S. presidents, current and former. Try President Jimmy Carter's oatmeal raisin cookies or snag a recipe card and whip some up after your getaway. Find out more about:
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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu – Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Tiki torch lighting
Guests of the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Hawaii can witness a bare-chested Hawaiian man running between tiki torches, lighting each one along the way — all in the name of tradition. He also stops to blow a conch shell at spots like the Beach Tree Bar as a signal of the transition from day to night. Find out more about:
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The Ritz-Carlton, Central Park – New York City

Horse feeding
Stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Central Park and you'll have the chance to cozy up with some of New York City's most renowned animals — the horses who tow carriages through the winding pathways of Central Park. Each day at noon, The Ritz-Carlton staff members offer guests the chance to participate in feeding their four-legged neighbors. Find out more about:
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Marco Beach Ocean Resort – Marco Island, Florida

Turtle Turndown
Loggerhead turtles make their way to the beaches of Marco Island, Florida each summer to lay an average of 100 eggs, which later emerge as hatchlings (baby turtles). To honor this natural event that plays out on its shores, Marco Beach Ocean Resort offers its youngest guests Turtle Turndown service where they receive a stuffed turtle along with an information card telling the Loggerhead's story. Find out more about:
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The Brown Hotel - Louisville, Kentucky

The Hot Brown
Some traditions are tasty enough to please hotel guests for decades. That's certainly the case for The Brown Hotel's famous open-faced sandwich, the Hot Brown. Originally thought up as a breakfast alternative in 1926, the Hot Brown — a twist on a traditional BLT — has since gained recognition as a Southern food staple and must-do foodie experience for travelers to Louisville, Kentucky. Find out more about:
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