18 Hotels with Awesome *Free* Minibars
We’ve found hotels that have kicked all stereotypes to the curb with unique and completely free minibars.
1. Ocean House
There’s nothing mini about the minibars in this Watch Hill, Rhode Island luxury hotel’s signature suite rooms, which are stocked with a full bar’s worth of alcoholic options: Tangerey, Kettle One, Woodford reserve, Bacardi, Two Roads beer—plus a bottle of Guenoc wine— and a few Fever Tree mixers. And that’s just the booze; the minibars are also filled with several snacks, including malted milk balls, trail mix, popcorn, chocolate and pretzels.
Expect big brands like Aquafina, Coca-Cola, Tropicana and Kashi on rotation at Andaz Wall Street. But there are also local products to be had too, like sparkling water from Saratoga, a New York-based water company, and chocolate bars from Astor Chocolates, a family-owned chocolate company based in New York for 60-plus years.
Stay on The Dupont Circle’s premier ninth level, and you’ll enjoy a bevy of benefits—and we’re not just talking about the upgraded rooms. Inside the hotel’s studio suites, you’ll find a complimentary minibar stocked with an assortment of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverage options. Think: Coca-Cola drinks, Red Bull and Pellegrino, as well as a half bottle of wine. And if you splurge on a luxury suite, you’ll also find your minibar stocked with Corona, Amstel Light, Heineken, Budweiser, Belvedere, JW Black, Tanqueray, Pyrat XO, Alexander Valley Chardonnay, Veuve Cliquot—and that half bottle of wine: Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon.
Fitness fiends will especially appreciate DoubleTree Atlanta Downtown’s minibar offerings: an in-room wellness concept that brings what the chain has dubbed “hydration stations” into each hotel room. Every hydration station is stocked with five fitness-focused beverages, which include Core Power, Dasani, Vitamin Water, Zico Coconut Water and PowerAde Zero. Hydration stations can also be found at the following Hilton properties: Hilton McLean, Parc 55, DoubleTree Utica, Hilton Anatole, Hilton Austin, DoubleTree Orlando Airport and DoubleTree Dallas Campbell Center.
At the Home Ranch, a luxury property in Clark, Colorado, every midnight munchies craving can be satisfied with the fully-stocked minibar, which offers Sweetwood Smokehouse jerky, Honey Stinger waffle cookies and chews, and Homesteader Toffee—each brand local to the nearby town of Steamboat Springs. Plus, you can nosh on Babybel cheeses, Danish brie, and Clark bars—washed down with San Pellegrino water and coffee flavored with creamers.
Auberge du Soleil welcomes every guest with a complimentary bottle of Auberge-branded wine, and in the mini-fridge? Sparkling and still waters; beer—Amstel Light and Sudwerk brews—healthful snacks, including pieces of dry fruit; Sommersault and Carrs crackers and Olivier tapenade; and even Annie Chun’s brand miso and chicken noodle soups, which can be made by simply adding a little hot water.
This Big Sur hotel comes with big minibar amenities. Restocked each day, every room’s refrigerator is filled with Coca-Cola beverages, Nana Mae's Organics’ apple and pear juice, Harmless coconut water, Blue Bottle coffee, Five Mountains tea and water—freshly filtered water, that is, in custom, reusable glass bottles. On the snack side, guests will find KIND nut and chocolate bars, housemade hummus, Point Reyes Toma cheese, and chocolate chip cookies made daily by Sierra Mar's renowned pastry chef, Ben Spungin. To top it off, you will also find bottles of white and red McIntyre Vineyards wine—covered in custom labels.
When you come back from the beach—parched and sweaty—this Andaz location helps you cool down with a selection of special nonalcoholic beverages, including Maui Brewing Co.’s island root beer, Virgil’s Real Cola, and your choice of Tazo teas. When you need a nibble, you’ll find Anahola Granola bars—made locally in Hawaii—and Maui Style potato chips.
Inspired by automatic espresso makers found in other hotel’s guest rooms, The Confidante Miami Beach upped the ante on its in-room offerings. Through April 3, guests staying in its penthouse and Miranda suites will have vino on demand with a Plum machine that offers guests a glass of wine at the touch of a button Plum also offers a “virtual tasting,” displaying tasting notes and thoughts from the wine maker. It also chills the wine to its ideal temperature. Sure, it may not be a minibar, per se, but this machine might be even better.
If you have a sweet or savory tooth, you may want to check in—and pig out—at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C., where the in-room minibars include a selection of locally-made salted and chocolate-covered peanuts from the Virginia Peanut Company. And when you get thirsty from said peanuts, you’ll be glad bottled water is restocked daily.
11. Andaz Savanah
When you’re in the South, you must try the BBQ—even if you only get a taste of the smoky flavor from your minibar. That’s where the Andaz Savannah comes in. The hotel offers bags of Miss Vickie’s Southern Smokehouse BBQ chips in its minibar, which you can wash down with Gold Peak sweet tea, another Southern staple. The minibars are also filled with Coca-Cola products, Tropicana orange juice, bottled water and a variety of Kashi granola bars.
12. The Ivy Hotel
When you’re not out drinking in Baltimore's historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood, you’ll be happy to stay in and sip on The Ivy Hotel’s free minibar offerings, which include Clipper City Brewing Co. beers and Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc, as well as nonalcoholic Buck O'Hairen's Legendary Sunshine Ginger Berry energy drinks and locally brewed Hex Kombucha. Want to eat in, too? Good thing you’ll find Route 11 potato chips, Grissini bread sticks, TCHO spiced mixed nut, Jacobsen salty caramels and locally made Livity Foods hemp bars.
You might expect Southern California's only Relais and Chateaux property to roll out the proverbial red carpet for its minibars—and you would be on target. In each room’s minibar, guests can find beverages including original and chocolate Zico coconut water, a selection of Izze sparkling beverages, Nordic Fresh filtered water and a variety of soft drinks—plus several snacks that include 18 Rabbits granola bars, Pop Chips, 479 Degrees salted caramel and black truffle popcorn, fresh fruit and locally made chocolates, jelly beans and nuts.
After you’ve worked up an appetite at this resort’s spa, come back to your hotel room to a minibar stocked with goodies like Poore Brothers potato chips—a local Arizona brand—RBar energy and protein bars, and salt water taffy, which you can enjoy alongside a Diet Pepsi, a Sierra Mist, a club soda, orange juice or tonic water.
15. Weekapaug Inn
Inside this Westerly, Rhode Island inn’s signature suites, hotel guests will find local spirits, including Cedar Brook wine, BarrHill vodka, Sons of Liberty whiskey, Greenhook gin and Kirsch brandy—all of which can be mixed and muddled with Fever-Tree mixers or a selection of sodas and waters, which are also complimentary.
At this luxury inn in Healdsburg, California, it should come as no surprise that minibars are packed with artisanal and locally sourced treats. Think: housemade nuts, daily housemade chocolates, freshly spun seasonal ice cream, Rustic Bakery crackers, Exo cricket bars and Render birdseed—a mix of crispy quinoa, roasted nuts, seeds and spices. And that is just the food: beverages include a bottle of SingleThread Syrah, Revive Kombucha, Yuzu soda, a variety of Sonoma Juice Co. cold press juices and Vero still and sparkling water.
You’ll get a hint of Santa Fe’s famed spice here with the tortilla chips and salsa in every one of the hotel’s 24 luxury guest rooms. In addition to that special snack, guests can enjoy Sahale nuts, Sunchips, Kit Kat and Snickers bars, plus V8 juice, Coca-Cola products, ginger ale, sparkling water and milk—to cool you down after that spicy salsa, of course.
18. W New York
Book a stay in one of the W New York’s Extreme WOW Suites, and you’ll be treated to more than a stellar view of Midtown Manhattan. You’ll also get to enjoy a minibar packed with a plethora of boozy beverages—a bottle of bubbly, imported beer and red and white wine—plus a house-brand selection of salted cashews, chocolate almonds and even gummi bears.