Check out these hotels offering guest freebies (not surprisingly, most are food and drink-related) that go beyond the usual continental breakfast spread and wifi access. Know of a hotel that offers fun or interesting free perks to its guests? Shoot an email or spread the word in the comments section below.
↑ Soniat House has an agreement with the New Orleans Athletic Club where hotel guests have complimentary access to the historic (it's been open since 1882), exclusive gym. Technically, this perk isn't free but Soniat House dwellers have access to an "honor bar" where they can pour their own booze drinks and and charge their own guest check to the room.
Le Pavillon hotel serves up peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with milk and hot chocolate nightly at 10 p.m. The tradition started back in 1988 when a guest, drinking milk at the hotel bar, shared the story of his family's nightly pb&j and milk ritual with the general manager. On the fancier side of things, those who stay in Palace Suite 730 can bathe in a hand carved white carrera marble tub, and rumors say it was once owned by Napoleon Bonaparte.
↑ The Auld Sweet Olive has a signature soap that's handmade for the Bywater bed and breakfast. There's free bottled water and the inn's owners are willing to share items guests may be in need of, like coolers, umbrellas, folding chairs, and backpacks.
↑ Check into one of the 18 spaces at Loft 523 and receive a business card with the name of your personal assistant who'll take care of business for the length of your stay.
↑ In the mood for food of the free variety? The Drury Inn & Suites has a continental breakfast with biscuits and gravy, Belgian waffles, and scrambled eggs. They also have something called a 5:30 Kickback with hot food (hot dogs!) and adult beverages. Still hungry? Popcorn and cold drinks are served up every day from 3 to 10 p.m.
↑ A stay at the Lions Inn bed and breakfast joint in the Marigny includes free bikes, a wine hour, and those staying more than four days get ten percent off the regular rate.
↑ Guests at the Melrose Mansion get coffee service all day, wine and cheese is served nightly, and in the winter months hot chocolate service happens Sunday through Wednesday evenings.
↑ The Windsor Court has free wifi, a rarity in the world of luxury hotels. There's an extensive art collection here and pre-recorded audio tours are available. The real perks are up on the Club Level where guests get a dedicated concierge, afternoon tea service, and an evening shindig with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.
· Hotels Week 2014 coverage [Curbed NOLA]