You Found WHAT in Your Mini-Bar?!

(Photos courtesy of Edgewater Hotel, Trump International Hotel & Tower, and Kimpton Hotels)

We're all familiar with the typical mini-bar offerings: overpriced sodas, assorted nips, and craveable late-night snacks. However, hoteliers are now offering fun and funky items to stand out from the rest. After doing some research, we've rounded up some of the most outrageous mini-bar items:

  • Edgewater Hotel, Seattle—This hotel mini-bar gets personal. Each room comes stocked with the usual suspects plus remedies for homesickness: teddy bears and rubber ducks. There are a variety of ducks to choose from, and the Edgewater donates a dollar per ducky to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago—Sadly, we've become accustomed to paying upwards of $3 for a bottled water at most hotels. At the Trump, however, everything is bigger and better, including the water selection. The "water library" offers four types of designer bottled water, including the Bling H2O, which is encrusted with Swarovski crystals and bears a $25 price tag. Don't worry; there are also some $10 options.
  • Mondrian Hotel, Los Angeles—True to the unique aesthetic of the Mondrian, designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz outfitted each of the 320 rooms' mini-bars with an Alice in Wonderland hand mirror ($25). This unique accent is the first of many in-room offerings from the Morgans Hotel Group (other notable hotels include the Hudson and the Delano).
  • W Retreat and Spa, Maldives—The "Munchie Box" at the W Retreat & Spa offers more than just the expected nip, they offer all of the ingredients and tools required for proper cocktail prep. Their DIY cocktails card lists recipes for four funky libations. We'll take one Polish Passion, please! 
  • Helix, a Kimpton Hotel, Washington, DC—While the fun finds in the Helix's mini-bar aren't necessarily bizarre, they're every bit sweet. The mini-bars are stocked with childhood throwbacks like PEZ dispensers, Pop Rocks, and wax lips. Not in the mini-bar but equally as awesome are the child- and adult-sized hula-hoops that come standard in the bunk-bed rooms. After all that sugar, we'd be sure to hoop all night.

Have you found any other unique mini-bar items? Let us know in the comments below!

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