1. Supplying iPods Guests can “borrow” an Apple iPod at hotels such as the Crescent Hotel Beverly Hills, Miami’s Mayfair Hotel & Spa, and Mexico’s One&Only Palmilla.
2. Loaner goods The Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole lends guests winter ski and summer hiking gear. Boston Harbor Hotel doles out workout clothes. The Loews Annapolis loans Labrador retriever Luke if you’re in need of a furry companion.
3. Designer soap New York’s Carlyle, a Rosewood hotel, carries Kiehl’s, San Jose’s Hotel Valencia Santana Row stocks Lather, W Hotels tout Bliss, and Georgia’s Cloister backs Bulgari.
4. Valuable freebies Canouan Island’s Raffles Resort comps 30 minutes of beach babysitting. Microtel Inns & Suites offer free phone calls — local and long distance.