These days, hotels are offering more extra perks than ever to tempt potential guests. Some go with a bottle of water, others throw in breakfast, and free WiFi is becoming more common than ever. Brands like Andaz and Kimpton also grant free minibar access (for reward program members). But when it comes to over-the-top treats, three properties have gone above and beyond in the generosity factor in lending luxury cars to their guests -- allowing visitors to save while exploring their surroundings in comfort and style.
The Ocean House, Rhode Island
This seaside estate’s Watch Hill Inn and Weekapaug Inn have partnered with the Mercedes-Benz company to grant guests free use of one of four onsite vehicles. You can choose from either the 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. or the 6 p.m. to midnight time slots -- giving you plenty of time to explore Newport’s marine scene and its opulent mansion-filled neighborhoods. Choose from the SL550 Roadster, E350 Cabriolet convertible, ML350 4MATIC or GL450 4MATIC SUV, or S550 4MATIC sedan. Already own a Merc? You’ll enjoy a room upgrade, $100 hotel credit, and welcome amenity. From $555 per night.
Speak with the concierge at this Gold Coast area hotel about getting around town and you’ll be clued into its Lexus partnership. Guests are given the chance to test drive an LS 460L sedan, LX570 SUV, or IS 350 convertible for up to four hours. Plus, if you already own a Lexus, you’ll get a $100 hotel credit, which can be used to dine at either Salone Nico or Nico Osteria restaurants. Rates in August begin at $219 per night.
Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco
Book a stay from September 13 through October 11 at one of San Francisco’s most glamorous hotels and you’ll be given keys to a new Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid Luxury Sedan, 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, or Cayenne GTS SUV. The two-hour loan time -- chose from one of the three daily time slots -- is just enough to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge or to make a short shopping trip in Union Square. Book via 415-276-9888 or email@example.com. From $645 per night.