5 Hotels with fun mini bars

Aug 17, 2011 at 6:10 p.m. ET

Tired of over-paying for bottled water and high-calorie snacks in your hotel mini bar? So are we. Smart hoteliers know that it’s the little things that count with travelers. (Why every hotel in the United States hasn’t caught onto the concept of free WiFi, we’ll never know!) Luckily, these hotels have gotten the memo and offer in-room unique mini bars that go beyond peanuts and soda.

Hotel Valley Ho

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Hotel Valley Ho

Hotel Valley Ho in downtown Scottsdale was cool back in the 1960s with Hollywood's elite crowd and it's still cool today. This probably has something to do with its posh mid-century design and the fact that its signature restaurant, ZuZu, is run by one of the area's best chefs. Modernist touches are everywhere, even in room mini bars. They're stocked with vodka and gin, plus a shaker, glasses, stirrers and recipes for make-your-own martinis. Pour one and channel your inner Rat Pack persona with Valley Ho playing cards.

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