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Hotels are infamous for overpricing their minibar vittles and potables. But some are rethinking their in-room grub hubs, adding inedible products and even—get this—lowering prices. Here are 7 out-of-this world hotel minibars:

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Tie Bar | Photo courtesy of the Gray Hotel

Tie Bar | Photo courtesy of the Gray Hotel

The Gray Hotel in Chicago has ties with the Tie Bar, a local fashion outfitter. A “Tie Bar Mini Bar” in each guest room includes a tie, a lapel pin, and/or a pocket square….because why wouldn’t you buy your haberdashery from a minibar? Meanwhile, Hotel Skeppsholmen in Stockholm, Sweden has a bedside pop-up Bread & Boxers Shop, which contains premium Swedish-designed underwear.

Photo courtesy of the Kimpton Hotel

Photo courtesy of the Kimpton Hotel

Open the minibar at Kimpton Rouge Hotel in Washington, DC and you’ll be in for a lip-smacking surprise. In a hotel where bright red is the signature color, it’s somehow fitting that vintage Wack-O-Wax red lips are sold in the minibar for only $5.

The minibar at the Royalton New York provides several Big Apple-centric products including everything from HARRY’S custom razors to a Hangover Collection, which contains a 5-Hour Energy Shot, an Alka-Seltzer sachet and Drinkwel capsules. There’s also a Sexy Kit, but we’ll leave the contents of that to your imagination.

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Speaking of the sexy, Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Chicago and other cities offers a MileHigh “mobile intimacy kit,” complete with condoms, lubricant, a blindfold and other sultry accessories.

Several high-priced, high-altitude hotels offer a shot of oxygen in their minibar offerings. For example, the Little Nell in Aspen provides oxygen tanks for people and jet lag kits for dogs (designed to help your pooch overcome the thin air).


Ace Hotel New Orleans

Photo courtesy of Simon Watson, Ace Hotel New Orleans

At times, it’s the fridge itself that makes the waves. Rooms in the Ace Hotel New Orleans have full-sized Smeg refrigerators in retro green, complemented with custom-curated bar kits.

At the Virgin Hotel in Chicago, the minibar is housed in a pint-sized Smeg fridge painted bright red. But the real surprise isn’t so much what’s inside as it is the product pricing. Peanut M & M’s and a can of Coke are both $1. It’s called street pricing and we love it.

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Laura Powell

Laura Powell

Laura is a 20-year veteran travel journalist. She was CNN's first travel reporter, and has written for publications ranging from Alaska Airlines Magazine to The Washington Post. Find her at the or on Twitter: @dailysuitcase

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