Loaner Porsches, robot room service, butler-drawn baths, elf tuck-ins (elf tuck-ins?). It may sound like the life of the 1 percent, but all of these could be yours for the night if you splurge on the right hotel room. We searched hotels across the country for over-the-top, extravagant and just plain eyebrow-raising amenities. Goldfish on demand, anyone? Here’s what we found:
They’re toying with technology
Room service is delivered with a side of bleeps and bloops by “Champ, the Relay Robot” at Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort in Mesquite, Nev. The autonomous robot darts down halls and even operates elevators at the sports-themed family resort, delivering fresh, hot chicken wings and stromboli. Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas recently unveiled its newest “employee”: Rose, a chatbot that guests can text in order to learn more about the resort’s offerings. Like a modern-day choose-your-own adventure, she can recommend cocktails at different bars, describe the vibe at various restaurants, act as an art tour docent and more. She’s even bawdy in her responses. I asked about light bites to eat, and she replied, “Don’t worry, I promise to bite lightly,” followed by a kissy winky face. In Chicago, Acme Hotel Co. visitors can chat with their in-room Amazon Alexa (the voice service behind Echo that lets users audibly interact with devices) and ask for restaurant and entertainment recommendations, order room service, play music, request maintenance and more.
They’re putting you in the driver’s seat
Plenty of luxury hotels have house cars that will cart you around. But a Porsche you can drive yourself? Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, just north of San Diego is partnering with Porsche of San Diego to offer a Porsche test-drive program. A 2016 Panamera and a 2016 Boxster are available on a first-come, first-served basis for guests to borrow at no charge for up to four hours a day. Mercedes-Benz fans also have options. At Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colo., visitors…