Oh, the joy of room service. Whether vacationing or traveling for business, it doesn’t get more luxurious than having dinner delivered directly to your room (while donning your slippers and robe, of course). But these days, hotels and resorts are offering experiences that go above and beyond a burger in bed.
Here are 15 of the most over-the-top things you can order from hotel room service.
A presidential suite at the Grand Velas Los Cabos in Cabo San Lucas is the best place to experience this extraordinary taco. Picture a gold flake-infused soft corn tortilla filled with Kobe beef, succulent lobster, black truffle brie cheese, caviar, salsa, Ley .925 Añejo tequila and kopi luwak (a controversial coffee in Asia, where beans are digested and discharged by a civet). For chef Juan Licerio Alcala to prepare, a $12,500 deposit is required at least one week in advance.
A birthday cake in bed
The Troubadour, a newly opened Joie de Vivre hotel in New Orleans’ central business district, features in-room celebratory birthday cakes with sprinkles. Living proof that you can have your cake and eat it too (in bed).
French Polynesia is full of romantic villas and endless relaxation by the sea, including The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, where a Canoe Breakfast for two is served seaside.
Caviar, champagne and Central Park
Live it up at Park Hyatt New York with an ultimate breakfast in bed delight: The Central Park Breakfast for two. $700 gives you the privilege to wash Petrossian Tsar Imperial Ossetra caviar and grilled wagyu beef with a crispy egg — or Maine lobster egg Florentine — down with a bottle of Dom Perignon Brut Epernay 2004.
All guests of The Villas at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali receive a complimentary Floataway Champagne Brunch during their stay. A butler sets up a magical three-course, floating breakfast with Champagne in the pool so breakfast doesn’t interfere with vitamin D time.
Hotel Bel-Air ’s Experience More in-room dining menu is full of surprises. Guests adore the “cookie creations” option, which comes equipped with frosting, toppings and everything needed to master the art of cookie decorating.
Michelin star bites
Mandarin Oriental, Milan , all dining menus, including in-room, are the brainchild of chef Antonio Guida. Don’t feel like dressing to the nines for a tasting at Seta, the hotel’s two-starred Michelin restaurant? Kick back in purple velvet slippers and nosh on exquisite Calvisius Caviar — a local Italian delicacy from the province of Brescia — accompanied by several star-studded canapés like Culatello di Zibello, foie gras terrine, anchovy and butter bruschetta, and Norwegian smoked salmon.
Fancy breakfast arriving via a horse and carriage? Straight from the farm to your plate? The Inn at Dos Brisas, in the stunning Texas Hill Country, is where to find this dreamy offering. Think fresh heirloom Bloody Mary’s garnished with vibrant vegetables, an omelet with farm fresh eggs from the property, and much more.
Guests at Hotel Adlon in Berlin, next to iconic Brandenburg Gate, can experience a true taste of the city by noshing on a signature Adlon-Currywurst. Going above and beyond the typical street food offering, it’s served with edible gold flakes.
Inspired by the Great Forest Park Balloon Race, an annual hot air balloon race that takes place in St. Louis, the pastry team and the in-room dining team at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis joined forces to bring guests a wow-factor $250 Hot Air Balloon featuring locally made snacks and special treats from the pastry kitchen. Call ahead to have it floating in-room upon check-in.
Ice cream man
If kids are along for the trip, there’s also an Ice Cream Man at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. Mimicking an old-fashioned soda fountain cart, kids can create custom sundaes and add on toppings galore. We recommend combining both worlds and adding a scoop of ice cream and sprinkles to your chocolate martini.
Bordering the Tortolita mountains in Marena, Arizona, half an hour’s drive northwest of Tucson, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain will give you all the desert feels. A nod to Mexican influence, staff will wheel in an In-Room Fiesta and whip up fresh guacamole (spiced to your liking) and a Mangonada, a traditional Mexican fruit drink spiked with tequila. Souvenirs include festive recipe cards to help you re-create the culinary magic at home.
King Kong-sized sundae
At Hotel Victor in South Beach, sweet dreams are attainable thanks to Sugar Factory, one of the hotel’s on-site dining option. In other words, the famous King Kong Sundae can be ordered to enjoy in-room.
Containing 24 scoops of ice cream drizzled with hot fudge, strawberry and caramel sauces, and toppings of bananas, toasted marshmallows, Reese’s Pieces, crushed waffle cones, chocolate chip cookies, gummy bears, white chocolate strawberry shavings, toasted walnuts, whipped cream, giant lollipops, and, wait for it, sparklers on top, it’s considered a serious vacation splurge.
Marcus Samuelson’s famous fried chicken
Fried chicken in-room doesn’t sound that interesting — until you attach Marcus Samuelsson’s name to it. At MGM National Harbor in Maryland (a stone’s throw from Washington D.C.), guests can feast on the celebrity chef’s signature dishes in the privacy of their own room. Choose from popular dishes like Fried Yardbird with the Fixings (pictured), Sammy’s Chicken & Waffles, or The Bird and The Egg. The best part? No queue.
If partaking in a crowded happy hour is not appealing, don’t fret. Four Seasons Hotel Chicago ’s Martini Man will set up a private cocktail hour cart in your room that’s no doubt a fabulous option for pre-dinner drinks or a girls weekend. Made to order, mixologists are equipped to craft everything from classics like a dirty martini to an apple martini.
A private Luau
Attending a luau is obligatory when vacationing in Hawaii. If you prefer something a little more intimate, Four Seasons Resort Maui recently introduced Lanai Luau to in-room dining menu. The resort’s culinary team will bring the experience straight to the lanai (balcony), allowing guests to taste traditional dishes and drinks. Hawaiian dancers and musicians are a popular addition for those in larger suites.