It’s weirdly fairly commonplace for a hotel to loan out musical instruments to guests. Hard Rock Hotels feature a “Sound of Your Stay” program, where travelers can check out a Fender Guitar and premium headphones during their stay. One hotel in Hawaii has even taken it a step further, offering visitors a chance to learn the ukulele -- for free.
“Guests can borrow ukuleles from the front desk for 48 hour time periods,” explains Tetsuji Yamazaki, GM of the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa. “Beginners can visit the resort’s Shaka Shack and learn basic chords and songs with our on-site cultural advisor Jack Stone, while more experienced individuals can simply play at their leisure.”
Many hotels, of course, have their own fitness centers. But if you’re looking for something beyond a treadmill and a few free weights, ask. Often hotels have yoga mats to loan or can book you into a local yoga studio for a free class. Some properties also have partnerships with fitness brands like Flywheel or Barry’s Bootcamp, and will score you a free class or two during your stay.
If you’re a runner and hope to take advantage of the local area, ask the front desk for a good jogging route. Some may even go the extra mile. For example, Ink48 in New York City offers a special “Runner’s Edition” version of Kimpton’s “Forgot It? We’ve Got It!” list. “Everything a runner would need,” Nick Gregory, SVP of hotel operations at Kimpton, says. “A map of the Hudson River running path, pre-loaded iPod shuffle with headphones, athletic sports watch, running belt with water bottles, and even an energy bar and sports drink in the room upon return.”