Saving time is surely the greatest luxury in our hectic world, even more so when you are on holiday or a business trip. If you are staying at a deluxe hotel, there is one excellent way to do this – employ the services of the ever-helpful hotel concierge. Hospitality.net has identified the growth of unique, tailor-made trips and the concierge as one of the strongest trends last year in luxury travel, and if you have ever utilised their services you will understand why.
Yet it is not only luxury hotels which offer concierge services – as the trend grows so do independent businesses, designed to cater and look after their clients every whim.
So what exactly does a luxury hotel concierge do?
A concierge can offer the traveller or business person the gift of time, allowing them to sit back and relax. If you are checking in to a lavish, 5-star hotels the concierge will personally introduce him or herself and let you know they are available to you. So what exactly can they offer?
If you have just arrived at your destination, you can consult the hotel concierge to advise you on the best restaurants and shopping in town – and they can also go a step further, reserving you a special table or a private tour of the nearby retail outlets. If you have your heart set on attending an event such as the opera or ballet and it appears sold out, a luxury hotel concierge will often have contacts and may be able to pull some strings in order to procure you a ticket.
In addition to organising the fun elements of a holiday, a concierge will be on hand to assist during an unplanned event – such as an emergency trip to the dentist or doctor – saving you valuable time spent contacting medical institutions in a strange city.
In the most decadent and luxurious hotels, they will take the concierge service even further, offering ‘tanning butlers’ whose sole job is to wander amongst the hotels illustrious guests, offering an array of s