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The Munchies

8 Hotels with Splurge-Worthy Minibars
  • Mondrian LA

    Mondrian, Los Angeles

  • Trump Intl Tower

    Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago

  • Hotel Roemer

    Hotel Roemer, Amsterdam

  • Kerry Pudong

    Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai

  • Buddha-Bar

    Buddha-Bar Hotel, Prague

  • MileNorth

    Hotel Havana, San Antonio

  • The Greenwich Hotel

    The Greenwich Hotel, New York

  • The James

    The James, Chicago

November, 2012

Like Chinatown, SkyMall and Burning Man, the minibar operates on its own special economy. $6 bags of peanut M&Ms, tiny overpriced cans of diet Coke — not impressive. But when you’ve got those late-night munchies, or you just need some retail therapy after a long day of travel, there’s nothing like opening up the in-room fridge and finding an unexpected trove of thoughtfully chosen, truly enticing goodies. Here are eight hotels doing all they can to redeem the humble hotel minibar. 

1.

Mondrian
Los Angeles, California — The Mondrian’s interiors, by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, are a bit mind-bending to start with, and the designer’s Alice in Wonderland–style hand mirrors in the minibar only add to the effect. For further trippiness, there’s also a so-called “minibar for the mind,” full of heady conversation starters.  
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Trump International Hotel & Tower
Chicago, Illinois — If you’re the sort who blurts out “TAP” before a waiter is done asking what kind of water you’d like, you might want to avoid the minibar at the Trump in Chicago. The in-room offerings include a “water library” whose crown jewel is the bottle of Bling H20, which at $25 comes studded with Swarovski crystals. 
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3.

Hotel Roemer
Amsterdam, Netherlands — No, they’re not edible, but the Bread & Boxers–brand his-and-hers undies available alongside complimentary whiskey, vodka and gin make a nice addition to the offerings in your room at Hotel Roemer — and an invaluable consolation if your luggage doesn’t arrive in Amsterdam at the same time you do.
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4.

Kerry Hotel Pudong
Shanghai, China — Plenty of minibars have frosty beverages on offer, but at the Kerry Hotel Pudong they brew their own at the in-house craft brewery. The first couple bottles of IPA and Pils in your fridge are free, and so are all the bar snacks. 
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5.

Buddha-Bar Hotel
Prague, Czech Republic — Is it any surprise that a hotel by Buddha Bar, with its famed nightlife venues around the world, does its name justice with the in-room offerings? The cool Subzero fridges are stocked with a well-chosen selection of wines and Champagnes — perfect for late-night entertaining. 
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6.

Hotel Havana
San Antonio, Texas — There’s nothing mini about the retro Smeg refrigerators in the rooms at Hotel Havana in San Antonio. Inside, they’re well stocked with unpretentious Tex-Mex favorites like Tecate tallboys and chips and salsa, plus higher-end offerings for those who prefer their beverages irony-free.
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7.

Greenwich Hotel
New York, New York — The minibar at the Greenwich Hotel is more like a movie theater concession stand, only here the classic candies (like Cracker Jacks, Jujubes and Charleston Chew) come with the price of the ticket. And just try asking a concessionaire at a movie theater for the Kiki de Montparnasse condoms they stock in your room at the Greenwich. 
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8.

The James
Chicago, Illinois — In place of the normal, humdrum minibar mixers, the James Chicago will deliver a mixing kit bursting with proper cocktail supplies — everything from bitters to Lillet to ginger beer, and plenty more — to accompany the full shelf of premium and artisanal liquors, mixing tools and cocktail recipes in the room. 
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