HOTELS • July 2020
If, like us, you’re a bit of a hotel geek, then you want more from yours than just a comfy bed and great breakfast menu. You might even want to take a little bit of the hotel home with you. Short of nicking the toiletries, The Club’s content editor, Hannah Ralph, runs through the best hotel souvenirs that you can get your hands on right now
Send to the checkout: Artsy prints
Cool things, including cool people, hardly ever start out that way. But Ace Hotel – founded by hipster wunderkind Alex Calderwood and co as somewhere to put up their creative pals – was born cool, and remains so two decades since its first Seattle outpost shrugged open its doors. And if you think you can’t buy cool, there’s a chance you don’t know about its online store. Here, you can order everything from blankets to bags, but to truly honour Ace Hotel’s artsy origins, it’s time to find your new favourite print. From the just opened Ace Hotel Kyoto, this bespoke piece from 98-year-old Japanese artist, Samiro Yunoki, hangs above the bed in the hotel’s serene Ace Suite (pictured above) – and now you can have it hang above yours.
Support the cause: Ace Hotels is donating 100 per cent of the proceeds from this powerful print of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin towards the Black Lives Matter campaign.
Send to the checkout: Fancy toiletries
Birthchild of hotelier Ian Schrager – the man often credited as the inventor of the boutique hotels movement – and hotel goliath, Marriott International, The Edition is currently a collection of 11 (with nine set to open) smart, slinky hotels, tactfully placed in some of the world’s most seductive cities. Now with just as many devotees as its parent brand to keep happy, The Edition offers a slice of the boutique experience at home. Two parts sexy (check out this lacy number) to three parts luxe (this marble design piece – on show at The Miami Beach EDITION – will set you back a cool £1,350), Shop Edition is for those willing to pay for a pampering. Sound like you? Then elevate your bathroom sink with the complete Le Labo Bath & Body Set (pictured above) – exclusively gracing Edition hotels around the world.
Send to the checkout: Designer robes
Spacey as a Kubrick film and as slick as its patrons – an attractive crowd of fashion industry heavyweights and raffish scions from the worlds of music and film – The Standard aesthetic is louche luxury to a 70s soundtrack. But what, of all of that, should us online shoppers care about the most? It is, of course, the hotel group’s all mighty fashion credentials, nowhere clearer (or cooler) than in The Standard, London’s collaboration with avant-guard Brit designer, Craig Green. Whether you’re shacked up in The Single (the first of 11 room types at the King’s Cross outpost), the view-tastic Suite Terrace or in your own home, get tied up in the Craig Green x The Standard dressing gown – available in yellow, dusky pink or brown. And out on London’s rain-slicked streets, splash around in one of the hotel’s glossy Stutterheim raincoats, also available at Shop The Standard online.
Send to the checkout: Retro homewares
With German efficiency on its side, the last seven years have seen Ruby Hotels open in eight locations across Germany, Austria and the UK – with another six (expanding into Finland and Switzerland) in the pipeline. But amidst the whirlwind that is Ruby Hotels, one thing remains steady – its dedication to that original Ruby guest room décor. Stark white sheets with the ruby red stripe? Check. Earthy dark wood accents? Check. Glassy partitions? Check. And perhaps the quirkiest addition, a Marshall guitar amp, something you can find in every room of every Ruby hotel in a nod to the hotel’s musical inspirations. It might not sell the amp, but Ruby Goods – its online store – will give you the next best thing: a powerhouse Marshall Bluetooth speaker.
Send to the checkout: Local goodies
Let’s swap big chains for country estates as we head to England’s humblest southern county, Somerset. The Newt in Somerset has a bounty of rooms available to book (grown-up granaries, stable lofts, converted barns and more – all with access to the wider estate and its magnificently mosaic spa), but for those at home, a taste of the estate is still well within reach. At the online shop, peruse Somerset’s prize tipple: cyder, which The Newt produces in spades. Pick up its one-of-a-kind Rosé Cyder; the Falstaff Cyder from its limited 2018 vintage, or why not treat yourself and plump for The Somerset Harvest Hamper – a mix of the estate’s own cyders and seasonal preserves.