Simple Pleasures: Hotel Niceties at Home

One of the best parts of going on vacation is spending time at the hotel. I love the fresh sheets, housekeeping, room service and those little chocolate mints they sometimes leave on the pillow.

While I can’t afford to stay in one indefinitely, incorporating some of the niceties found in hotels can recreate a bit of the experience at home.

1. Fresh flowers. I prefer to pick mine up at the local farmers market but there is a great local service you can subscribe to called Blooms to Doors that will deliver a selection to your door weekly. Plans start at $35.

2. Single serving coffee. Brew a single espresso or a latte without all the fuss and the muss. I’ve seen these machines from Nespresso popping up in hotel rooms lately.
Available from William Sonoma for $250.

3. Love the hotels plush robes and towels? Certain hotels will let you buy them. You can shop the Marriot online. Robes sell for $55

4. Hire a maid. Even if it’s just a one time treat to get your place up to spec there is nothing like going out and coming back to a spotless home. In Boston you can expect to pay $75-$200 for a one time apartment visit.

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A Bay Area based photographer, writer and all around design junkie I'm obsessed with finding beauty both in the home and on the open road.