There’s nothing better than a night or two spent living it up in a luxury hotel. From beautiful surroundings to sumptuous dining, goose down pillows to staff at your beck and call – who doesn’t love being pampered once in a while. And as we all know, the best of hotels often provide a ‘turndown’ service, leaving a little surprise gift on your pillow to enjoy when you return to your room in the small hours.

Traditionally, this gift might range from a small chocolate, rose petals, or even a spray scent that helps you relax into an unencumbered night’s sleep.

So we were delighted to come across a hotel in Portland, Oregon, that’s decided to take a slightly different view on the turndown gift provided to guests; and no surprise for guessing that this is all about a cognac nightcap.

The boutique River Place Hotel, has decided to do away with the chocolate theme, and instead provides guests with an evening shot of cognac, complete with a snifter glass and an elegant card. Here, guests can wind down after an evening of celebration with a miniature bottle of Courvoisier VS Cognac – and we have to say, we highly approve.

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Of course, in the (very) unlikely event that this little gift doesn’t appeal, then you could always book a night at La Cantera Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Texas, where you can expect to receive a miniature ‘worry doll’ on your pillow at night.


The legend behind these tiny dolls comes from Guatemala. If you have a problem, simply tell it to the doll before you go to sleep, place it beneath your pillow and the story goes that you’ll then enjoy a good night’s sleep free from whatever it is that’s bothering you.

A nice gesture, we have to say. But we’d prefer the gift of cognac, if it’s all the same to you…

Read more about Courvoisier Cognac here.



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Jacki has been with Cognac Expert from virtually the beginning. She's the senior editor of the blog, and has spent much of her life living in rural France. Today she's based back in the UK, where she splits her working life between writing for Cognac Expert and working as a Paramedic at a large regional hospital.

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