From cheese and wine to decanters of whisky, the free in-room hotel perks you didn’t know about

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There’s something so liberating about checking into a hotel room we can't quite put our finger on- whether it’s those crisp new white bed sheets or having a mini bar so tantalising close, or the fact you can call someone from the comfort of bed for a cheese sarnie and a G&T whenever you like.

There really is something about getting that door key gives you a whole new lease of bed jumping life.

But is there a lot more on offer than most of us realise? The answer folks is a big fat yes.

We did a bit of digging around to find out what fantastic freebies you may not have seen or heard about and that you might be missing out on. 

From luxury chocolates to decanters of whisky to bathing in an award winning and celeb filled spa, we’ve searched high and low to find out which free perks come with your room so you don’t have to…

The Old Swan & Minster Mill

Unexpected Extra: Decanter of Sloe Gin

Located in the historic village of Minster-Lovell, the fifteenth century Old Swan & Minster Mill is set in 65 acres of restored gardens and wild meadows, and has over a mile of the River Windrush running through its grounds and they also provide some great free perks. A complimentary decanter of sloe gin, a bowl of forest fruits and a hot water bottle in the bed (for those chilly nights) are provided in each of the rooms. Chin chin. 

Prices start from: £169

Z Hotels

Unexpected Extras: Cheese, bread and wine 

Z Hotels with properties in Liverpool, Glasgow and four in London offer all guests complimentary cheese, bread and wine with their stay. Served from 5pm until 8pm each evening, guests can enjoy the selection, sourced locally, in either the Z Café located in the entrance to the hotel or in their hotel rooms.

Prices start from: £35

The Corinthia

Unexpected Extra: Use of the award-winning spa

Strictly for the big birthdays and very special anniversaries this top London hotel offers all guests free use of their award winning spa when you book a room.  A favourite with A-list celebs such as Beyonce and Sylvester Stallone who have been spotted here in their bathing suits the state of the art spa features a thermal floor, a steam room, amphitheatre sauna, ice fountain, vitality pool, and swimming pool complete with a built in fire. There's also endless ESPA products on offer and 24 hour gym access. Plus the added bonus of spotting a star at dinner, of course. 

Rooms from: £400


St Moritz Hotel

Unexpected Extra: Wellies, fishing nets, buckets, spades, hats and body boards.

This delightful seaside hotel in Cornwall offers guests a chance to don Rockfish wellies (a favourite among fashionistas such as Kate Moss) along with nets, buckets, spades, hats and body boards as they hit the beach. 
Every room also has games in it such as monopoly and scrabble and hair straighteners so plenty of perks here if you're eagle eyed enough.. 

Prices from: £175

Sanctum Soho

Unexpected Extra: Free glass of champagne

Get a champagne “Treat” Gift Card (one glass per person redeemable at either of the hotel bars) and make use of Nespresso Coffee capsules if you're plush enough to go for a suite in the Sanctum Soho hotel. All guests can also enjoy unlimited free movies and sports channels and a Wii Games Console on request. 

Prices from: £220

Bel & The Dragon country inns

Unexpected Extra: SipSmith Gin and Scotch Whisky

These country inns, located in the South of England, are elegant and uniquely styled with a penchant for fine wine, great food and a warm welcome. And you may get warm glow indeed as they offer complimentary SipSmith Sloe Gin and Scotch whisky in your room.  

Prices start from: £115

W London – Leicester Square

Unexpected Extra: Free tunage 

Curated exclusively for the W Hotel by BBC Radio 1 superstar DJ, Annie Mac, The Vinyl Collection has 200 handpicked discs so guests can choose from an eclectic selection of classic albums and new sounds to spin throughout their stay. From the comfort of your room, whether a music lover or vinyl purist, enjoy insider access to a diverse mix of sounds, from electronica to funk, via pop and hip-hop, to soul and R&B, brought to you through the world’s first vinyl room service record collection.

Prices from: £300

Unexpected Extra: Chocolate

It always feels like a super treat to check into this hotel on Pimlico Road, the beautifully restored building offers a bustling bar serving up fine ales and cocktails and a fresh and seasonal modern European menu. But on top of beautiful surroundings and great food there's a very sweet hidden extra. The hotel surprises guests with free luxury Rocco chocolates on arrival, remember to check the bed, and your pillow. Some of the unusual flavours from the award winning chocolate company include Earl Grey, Orange and Geranium, Sea Salt, Rose Oil and Cardamom among others. Yum. 

Prices from: £205

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Sofia Zagzoule

Sofia Zagzoule is a freelance writer and particularly loves to write about what she loves including, but not limited to, travel, food, fashion, culture and lifestyle