I think there’s a new trend in hotel gift shops. The hotel gift shop used to be that little room tucked way in the back of the lobby or down on the basement floor. But lately, the gift shop in some of the finer hotels, has become a high end boutique! Trips to gift shops are now less because of convenience and more about actual shopping
In the HARRISON HOT SPRINGS RESORT in British Columbia, the gift shop occupies both sides of the hallway. One side has the souvenirs and gifts and the other side holds the clothing and accessories.
THE BROADMOOR HOTEL in Colorado Springs has an American craft gallery called Luma. A customer can find something to wear to a dress occasion that night or a piece of fine, handmade jewelry to take home for a special occasion.
When you walk into the beautiful MARRIOTT ORLANDO WORLD CENTER, your vision is assaulted by a burst of color from the gift shop. You can get the aspirin, the toothbrush, the shampoo, all those little details you forgot at home. But you can also go shopping. Stationery, purses, handmade art for your desk, are all displayed so that you almost forget that you have to check in at the desk in the lobby. What lobby? What hotel?