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8 Most Gourmet Hotel Minibars

8 Most Gourmet Hotel Minibars


Hey, who hasn’t ravaged the hotel minibar late at night? It seems like a harmless indulgence until check-out, when the hotel bill claims the little can of Pringles cost a total of $5. At about 20 cents a chip, that was one expensive snack, one which could have been bought at 7-Eleven for much less.

Before your next snack attack, check out this list of hotels with the most delicious minibar menus. It may not save you a dime, but at least you’ll be splurging on organic goods, wines hand-picked by a sommelier, or locally sourced treats instead of M&Ms and mini booze bottles.

Boutique hotels like the Kimpton properties are realizing that even though convenience is king, offering unique minibar items guests won’t find at the corner store reflects on the ethos of the hotel. For instance at Kimpton’s Hotel Vintage in Portland and Seattle, local Pacific Northwest wines from wineries like Eola Hills are available.

Deana Kay, Vice President of Torn Ranch, a leading supplier of gourmet snacks to upscale hotels, believes that hotel guests are looking for an experience when they peer into the mini fridge. “People know how much Snickers and Pringles cost and how much they’re overpaying. They want something unique that goes with their travel experience,” she says. The minibar item becomes a souvenir, like at Cooper Square Hotel in downtown New York City, which stocks pretzels from the nearby Union Square Greenmarket.

A mix of healthy snacks to temper the indulgent offerings is another rising trend. “People want fresh,” says Kay. Also retailing at Saks and Neiman Marcus, Torn Ranch supplies that demand with items like roasted jumbo cashews, their most popular product, along with dried fruit and trail mixes. To that end, the Shore Club in Miami keeps a health bar and a collection of organic goodies on hand.

It may seem frivolous, but you’ve got to hand it to the hotels on our list — they work hard to respond to their guests’ needs. Most avid travelers would agree that attentive service and thoughtful details are the keys to a great hotel stay.


Fancy Feast cookbook whips up recipes for humans, inspired by cat food

A lot of my life revolves around the demands of my elderly cat Archer. I get up when he yells at me in the morning. I wear dark clothes because he has black fur. While I might coordinate my fashion with him, I hadn't ever thought about coordinating my dinners with his dietary whims. Until now.

In a stroke of marketing madness, Fancy Feast -- maker of small-portion cat foods -- released a cookbook this month for humans that ties people food together with a new line of feline munchies. You can scope out the cookbook online (pdf link).

Entertain your brain with the coolest news from streaming to superheroes, memes to video games.

Fancy Feast Petites are single-serve entrees for cats designed to attract human attention with names like "seared salmon entree with spinach" and "grilled chicken entree with rice." The matching recipes come from Fancy Feast's in-house chef Amanda Hassner, who collaborated with chef Jerrelle Guy and actor/baker Josh Snyder.

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This Fancy Feast roasted salmon recipes involves French toast and cardamom carrots.

In case you were worried, the human recipes look both sophisticated and gourmet.

While your cat chows on a chicken entree, you can whip up a honey sriracha grilled chicken with spicy fried rice. Or give the cat the salmon entree and enjoy your own roasted salmon with spiced French toast, cardamom carrots and maple rosemary sauce.

The cookbook is supposed to promote mealtime as a bonding experience with your cat, just in case your kitty doesn't already get up in your face every time you try to make salmon for yourself.

If you're like me, you'll break down and share a tiny taste of your meal with your spoiled house panther. Fancy feasts, indeed.


Fancy Feast cookbook whips up recipes for humans, inspired by cat food

A lot of my life revolves around the demands of my elderly cat Archer. I get up when he yells at me in the morning. I wear dark clothes because he has black fur. While I might coordinate my fashion with him, I hadn't ever thought about coordinating my dinners with his dietary whims. Until now.

In a stroke of marketing madness, Fancy Feast -- maker of small-portion cat foods -- released a cookbook this month for humans that ties people food together with a new line of feline munchies. You can scope out the cookbook online (pdf link).

Entertain your brain with the coolest news from streaming to superheroes, memes to video games.

Fancy Feast Petites are single-serve entrees for cats designed to attract human attention with names like "seared salmon entree with spinach" and "grilled chicken entree with rice." The matching recipes come from Fancy Feast's in-house chef Amanda Hassner, who collaborated with chef Jerrelle Guy and actor/baker Josh Snyder.

/> Enlarge Image

This Fancy Feast roasted salmon recipes involves French toast and cardamom carrots.

In case you were worried, the human recipes look both sophisticated and gourmet.

While your cat chows on a chicken entree, you can whip up a honey sriracha grilled chicken with spicy fried rice. Or give the cat the salmon entree and enjoy your own roasted salmon with spiced French toast, cardamom carrots and maple rosemary sauce.

The cookbook is supposed to promote mealtime as a bonding experience with your cat, just in case your kitty doesn't already get up in your face every time you try to make salmon for yourself.

If you're like me, you'll break down and share a tiny taste of your meal with your spoiled house panther. Fancy feasts, indeed.


Fancy Feast cookbook whips up recipes for humans, inspired by cat food

A lot of my life revolves around the demands of my elderly cat Archer. I get up when he yells at me in the morning. I wear dark clothes because he has black fur. While I might coordinate my fashion with him, I hadn't ever thought about coordinating my dinners with his dietary whims. Until now.

In a stroke of marketing madness, Fancy Feast -- maker of small-portion cat foods -- released a cookbook this month for humans that ties people food together with a new line of feline munchies. You can scope out the cookbook online (pdf link).

Entertain your brain with the coolest news from streaming to superheroes, memes to video games.

Fancy Feast Petites are single-serve entrees for cats designed to attract human attention with names like "seared salmon entree with spinach" and "grilled chicken entree with rice." The matching recipes come from Fancy Feast's in-house chef Amanda Hassner, who collaborated with chef Jerrelle Guy and actor/baker Josh Snyder.

/> Enlarge Image

This Fancy Feast roasted salmon recipes involves French toast and cardamom carrots.

In case you were worried, the human recipes look both sophisticated and gourmet.

While your cat chows on a chicken entree, you can whip up a honey sriracha grilled chicken with spicy fried rice. Or give the cat the salmon entree and enjoy your own roasted salmon with spiced French toast, cardamom carrots and maple rosemary sauce.

The cookbook is supposed to promote mealtime as a bonding experience with your cat, just in case your kitty doesn't already get up in your face every time you try to make salmon for yourself.

If you're like me, you'll break down and share a tiny taste of your meal with your spoiled house panther. Fancy feasts, indeed.


Fancy Feast cookbook whips up recipes for humans, inspired by cat food

A lot of my life revolves around the demands of my elderly cat Archer. I get up when he yells at me in the morning. I wear dark clothes because he has black fur. While I might coordinate my fashion with him, I hadn't ever thought about coordinating my dinners with his dietary whims. Until now.

In a stroke of marketing madness, Fancy Feast -- maker of small-portion cat foods -- released a cookbook this month for humans that ties people food together with a new line of feline munchies. You can scope out the cookbook online (pdf link).

Entertain your brain with the coolest news from streaming to superheroes, memes to video games.

Fancy Feast Petites are single-serve entrees for cats designed to attract human attention with names like "seared salmon entree with spinach" and "grilled chicken entree with rice." The matching recipes come from Fancy Feast's in-house chef Amanda Hassner, who collaborated with chef Jerrelle Guy and actor/baker Josh Snyder.

/> Enlarge Image

This Fancy Feast roasted salmon recipes involves French toast and cardamom carrots.

In case you were worried, the human recipes look both sophisticated and gourmet.

While your cat chows on a chicken entree, you can whip up a honey sriracha grilled chicken with spicy fried rice. Or give the cat the salmon entree and enjoy your own roasted salmon with spiced French toast, cardamom carrots and maple rosemary sauce.

The cookbook is supposed to promote mealtime as a bonding experience with your cat, just in case your kitty doesn't already get up in your face every time you try to make salmon for yourself.

If you're like me, you'll break down and share a tiny taste of your meal with your spoiled house panther. Fancy feasts, indeed.


Fancy Feast cookbook whips up recipes for humans, inspired by cat food

A lot of my life revolves around the demands of my elderly cat Archer. I get up when he yells at me in the morning. I wear dark clothes because he has black fur. While I might coordinate my fashion with him, I hadn't ever thought about coordinating my dinners with his dietary whims. Until now.

In a stroke of marketing madness, Fancy Feast -- maker of small-portion cat foods -- released a cookbook this month for humans that ties people food together with a new line of feline munchies. You can scope out the cookbook online (pdf link).

Entertain your brain with the coolest news from streaming to superheroes, memes to video games.

Fancy Feast Petites are single-serve entrees for cats designed to attract human attention with names like "seared salmon entree with spinach" and "grilled chicken entree with rice." The matching recipes come from Fancy Feast's in-house chef Amanda Hassner, who collaborated with chef Jerrelle Guy and actor/baker Josh Snyder.

/> Enlarge Image

This Fancy Feast roasted salmon recipes involves French toast and cardamom carrots.

In case you were worried, the human recipes look both sophisticated and gourmet.

While your cat chows on a chicken entree, you can whip up a honey sriracha grilled chicken with spicy fried rice. Or give the cat the salmon entree and enjoy your own roasted salmon with spiced French toast, cardamom carrots and maple rosemary sauce.

The cookbook is supposed to promote mealtime as a bonding experience with your cat, just in case your kitty doesn't already get up in your face every time you try to make salmon for yourself.

If you're like me, you'll break down and share a tiny taste of your meal with your spoiled house panther. Fancy feasts, indeed.


Fancy Feast cookbook whips up recipes for humans, inspired by cat food

A lot of my life revolves around the demands of my elderly cat Archer. I get up when he yells at me in the morning. I wear dark clothes because he has black fur. While I might coordinate my fashion with him, I hadn't ever thought about coordinating my dinners with his dietary whims. Until now.

In a stroke of marketing madness, Fancy Feast -- maker of small-portion cat foods -- released a cookbook this month for humans that ties people food together with a new line of feline munchies. You can scope out the cookbook online (pdf link).

Entertain your brain with the coolest news from streaming to superheroes, memes to video games.

Fancy Feast Petites are single-serve entrees for cats designed to attract human attention with names like "seared salmon entree with spinach" and "grilled chicken entree with rice." The matching recipes come from Fancy Feast's in-house chef Amanda Hassner, who collaborated with chef Jerrelle Guy and actor/baker Josh Snyder.

/> Enlarge Image

This Fancy Feast roasted salmon recipes involves French toast and cardamom carrots.

In case you were worried, the human recipes look both sophisticated and gourmet.

While your cat chows on a chicken entree, you can whip up a honey sriracha grilled chicken with spicy fried rice. Or give the cat the salmon entree and enjoy your own roasted salmon with spiced French toast, cardamom carrots and maple rosemary sauce.

The cookbook is supposed to promote mealtime as a bonding experience with your cat, just in case your kitty doesn't already get up in your face every time you try to make salmon for yourself.

If you're like me, you'll break down and share a tiny taste of your meal with your spoiled house panther. Fancy feasts, indeed.


Fancy Feast cookbook whips up recipes for humans, inspired by cat food

A lot of my life revolves around the demands of my elderly cat Archer. I get up when he yells at me in the morning. I wear dark clothes because he has black fur. While I might coordinate my fashion with him, I hadn't ever thought about coordinating my dinners with his dietary whims. Until now.

In a stroke of marketing madness, Fancy Feast -- maker of small-portion cat foods -- released a cookbook this month for humans that ties people food together with a new line of feline munchies. You can scope out the cookbook online (pdf link).

Entertain your brain with the coolest news from streaming to superheroes, memes to video games.

Fancy Feast Petites are single-serve entrees for cats designed to attract human attention with names like "seared salmon entree with spinach" and "grilled chicken entree with rice." The matching recipes come from Fancy Feast's in-house chef Amanda Hassner, who collaborated with chef Jerrelle Guy and actor/baker Josh Snyder.

/> Enlarge Image

This Fancy Feast roasted salmon recipes involves French toast and cardamom carrots.

In case you were worried, the human recipes look both sophisticated and gourmet.

While your cat chows on a chicken entree, you can whip up a honey sriracha grilled chicken with spicy fried rice. Or give the cat the salmon entree and enjoy your own roasted salmon with spiced French toast, cardamom carrots and maple rosemary sauce.

The cookbook is supposed to promote mealtime as a bonding experience with your cat, just in case your kitty doesn't already get up in your face every time you try to make salmon for yourself.

If you're like me, you'll break down and share a tiny taste of your meal with your spoiled house panther. Fancy feasts, indeed.


Fancy Feast cookbook whips up recipes for humans, inspired by cat food

A lot of my life revolves around the demands of my elderly cat Archer. I get up when he yells at me in the morning. I wear dark clothes because he has black fur. While I might coordinate my fashion with him, I hadn't ever thought about coordinating my dinners with his dietary whims. Until now.

In a stroke of marketing madness, Fancy Feast -- maker of small-portion cat foods -- released a cookbook this month for humans that ties people food together with a new line of feline munchies. You can scope out the cookbook online (pdf link).

Entertain your brain with the coolest news from streaming to superheroes, memes to video games.

Fancy Feast Petites are single-serve entrees for cats designed to attract human attention with names like "seared salmon entree with spinach" and "grilled chicken entree with rice." The matching recipes come from Fancy Feast's in-house chef Amanda Hassner, who collaborated with chef Jerrelle Guy and actor/baker Josh Snyder.

/> Enlarge Image

This Fancy Feast roasted salmon recipes involves French toast and cardamom carrots.

In case you were worried, the human recipes look both sophisticated and gourmet.

While your cat chows on a chicken entree, you can whip up a honey sriracha grilled chicken with spicy fried rice. Or give the cat the salmon entree and enjoy your own roasted salmon with spiced French toast, cardamom carrots and maple rosemary sauce.

The cookbook is supposed to promote mealtime as a bonding experience with your cat, just in case your kitty doesn't already get up in your face every time you try to make salmon for yourself.

If you're like me, you'll break down and share a tiny taste of your meal with your spoiled house panther. Fancy feasts, indeed.


Fancy Feast cookbook whips up recipes for humans, inspired by cat food

A lot of my life revolves around the demands of my elderly cat Archer. I get up when he yells at me in the morning. I wear dark clothes because he has black fur. While I might coordinate my fashion with him, I hadn't ever thought about coordinating my dinners with his dietary whims. Until now.

In a stroke of marketing madness, Fancy Feast -- maker of small-portion cat foods -- released a cookbook this month for humans that ties people food together with a new line of feline munchies. You can scope out the cookbook online (pdf link).

Entertain your brain with the coolest news from streaming to superheroes, memes to video games.

Fancy Feast Petites are single-serve entrees for cats designed to attract human attention with names like "seared salmon entree with spinach" and "grilled chicken entree with rice." The matching recipes come from Fancy Feast's in-house chef Amanda Hassner, who collaborated with chef Jerrelle Guy and actor/baker Josh Snyder.

/> Enlarge Image

This Fancy Feast roasted salmon recipes involves French toast and cardamom carrots.

In case you were worried, the human recipes look both sophisticated and gourmet.

While your cat chows on a chicken entree, you can whip up a honey sriracha grilled chicken with spicy fried rice. Or give the cat the salmon entree and enjoy your own roasted salmon with spiced French toast, cardamom carrots and maple rosemary sauce.

The cookbook is supposed to promote mealtime as a bonding experience with your cat, just in case your kitty doesn't already get up in your face every time you try to make salmon for yourself.

If you're like me, you'll break down and share a tiny taste of your meal with your spoiled house panther. Fancy feasts, indeed.


Fancy Feast cookbook whips up recipes for humans, inspired by cat food

A lot of my life revolves around the demands of my elderly cat Archer. I get up when he yells at me in the morning. I wear dark clothes because he has black fur. While I might coordinate my fashion with him, I hadn't ever thought about coordinating my dinners with his dietary whims. Until now.

In a stroke of marketing madness, Fancy Feast -- maker of small-portion cat foods -- released a cookbook this month for humans that ties people food together with a new line of feline munchies. You can scope out the cookbook online (pdf link).

Entertain your brain with the coolest news from streaming to superheroes, memes to video games.

Fancy Feast Petites are single-serve entrees for cats designed to attract human attention with names like "seared salmon entree with spinach" and "grilled chicken entree with rice." The matching recipes come from Fancy Feast's in-house chef Amanda Hassner, who collaborated with chef Jerrelle Guy and actor/baker Josh Snyder.

/> Enlarge Image

This Fancy Feast roasted salmon recipes involves French toast and cardamom carrots.

In case you were worried, the human recipes look both sophisticated and gourmet.

While your cat chows on a chicken entree, you can whip up a honey sriracha grilled chicken with spicy fried rice. Or give the cat the salmon entree and enjoy your own roasted salmon with spiced French toast, cardamom carrots and maple rosemary sauce.

The cookbook is supposed to promote mealtime as a bonding experience with your cat, just in case your kitty doesn't already get up in your face every time you try to make salmon for yourself.

If you're like me, you'll break down and share a tiny taste of your meal with your spoiled house panther. Fancy feasts, indeed.