Bringing It Home

When the hotel room doubles as a retail showroom

Espresso cupsYou wake up from a restful night at a luxury hotel and want to re-create the setting in your bedroom. Five years ago, you might have pulled off the sheets to discover the model of the mattress and snapped Polaroids of the decor for reference back home. But that’s not necessary anymore.
    Within the past few years, many hotel chains and independent properties have put their furnishings up for sale on the Internet. “It really started with Westin’s Heavenly Bed,” notes Robin Ware, co-owner of Fairfield, N.J.-based Hotels at Home, a 20-year-old firm that sells goods to the public from chains such as Sonesta, Starwood and Wyndham. Now many hotel companies sell all sorts of items direct from their own websites. A sampling:
    " Metal scale with footprints, $68 (W Hotels,
    " Stay Smart Showerhead by Kohler, $75 (Holiday Inn Express,
    " BodyRev workout kit, $100 (Marriott Hotels & Resorts,; the site will debut this summer)
    " Six designer espresso cups (shown above), $120 (Sonesta Hotels & Resorts,
    " Buddha Hand artwork, $145 (Sofitel Chicago,
    " Nickel-engraved razor with an accompanying nickel-plated stand, $417 (Ritz-Carlton,
    " Leather lounge chair, $2,400 (Le Parker Meridien in New York City,