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A Hotel at Home?

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A Hotel at Home?

moltonbrownIt’s vacation time! You’re off on a trip across America. Maybe you’re heading to play some unfamiliar golf courses in some faraway city. Maybe you’re overdue for a spa, and that one spa you read about in some southeastern part of the country sounds extra appealing. Or maybe you just want to go to bed at night and not have to worry about making the bed in the morning. It’s time to get a hotel room! Ah, but which hotel is the hotel for you? Sometimes, it’s obvious: the only hotel in the area, say, or the hotel that’s partnered with the golf course so you save tons of money on your greens fees. Maybe it’s the cheapest hotel you can find, or the hotel that has the best swimming pool. The hotel nearest to the beach? The hotel with free wi-fi? How about: the hotel with the best soap, shampoo, and body lotions? Yes, a very small set of people admit to picking their hotels based on the quality of the bathroom amenities. Of course, sometimes geographical or occupancy constraints limit their choices, but these lovers of fine lotions and bath salts admit that — all things being equal — they’d take a Hilton over a Sheraton or The Oriental over the Plaza, simply because one has bath beads and the other doesn’t. The love goes so deep that a small industry has developed around their love: the “hotels at home” market. Most of us admit to taking home the occasional bar of soap or miniature conditioning bottle, but these people take it to the next level. That’s right: if you loved that little bar of soap shaped like a sea shell, that fluffy robe that seemed to hug you like your firstborn, or even if you just must have that shower curtain with the exact same shower curtain rings? Well, now you can buy those fine items online. The “hotels at home” industry caters to the lover of the hotel finery, from its pillows to its artwork, its beds to its bath beads. They’re perfect recreations of the things you love about your favorite hotels, right down to the very same pattern on the pillowcase. Even the shampoo and lotion labels are the same. Sure, it’s taking a dedication into the realm of obsession, but there seems to be enough people out there who love their Westin-branded lotion labels to justify multiple websites and multiple competitors, catering to their desires. So, if you’d like to relax in your own bath with those bath salts you remember from that one vacation a few years ago, or if you’d like to have a big Holiday Inn displayed proudly on your hand lotion labels, join your hotel-loving peers at one of the “hotel at home” websites and scratch that itch. You’ll have all of the miniature bars of soap without the guilt that comes with stealing them from the hotel room.