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Sidling Up to the Mini Bar

March 18, 2001|RENEE VOGEL

First there were hip hotels. Now there are hotels with hip mini bars. Overpriced salted cashews are no longer enough to entice jaded travelers into in-room binging. So hotels are attempting to tempt guests with a new crop of "necessities." Here are some of the en suite offerings:

THE MERCER, NEW YORK CITY

Mini Bar Highlights: Ricola Honey Herb Throat Drops, $2.25; Macallan single-malt scotch whiskey, $8

What to Watch While You Indulge: The Weather Channel

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FIFTEEN BEACON, BOSTON

Mini Bar Highlights: Boston Baked Beans, $3; L'Occitane Aromachologie Candle, $12

What to Watch While You Indulge: The Eddie Murphy version of "The Nutty Professor"

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BLAKES, LONDON

Mini Bar Highlights: Oxygen canisters, $29

What to Watch While You Indulge: "Apollo 13"

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THE RITZ-CARLTON, ATLANTA

Mini Bar Highlights: Black socks, $6; pantyhose $6

What to Watch While You Indulge: "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar"

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HOUSE OF BLUES HOTEL, CHICAGO

Mini Bar Highlights: Harmonica, $17; Terra Blues Potato Chips, $3

What to Watch While You Indulge: Anything, with the volume turned way up

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THE STANDARD, WEST HOLLYWOOD

Mini Bar Highlights: Vaseline, $3; potted cactus, $25

What to Watch While You Indulge: The scene at the pool

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W NEW ORLEANS

Mini Bar Highlights: Voodoo doll, $7

What to Watch While You Indulge: "Angel Heart"

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HOTEL PALOMAR, SAN FRANCISCO

Mini Bar Highlights: Intimacy kit with two prophylactics, two obstetrical towlettes, lubricant jelly and spermicide, $5.

What to Watch While You Indulge: Snoop Dogg's new Hustler video.

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HOTEL GIRAFFE, NEW YORK CITY

Mini Bar Highlights: Double Chocolate Walnuts by Mashuga Nuts, $5; Kendall-Jackson white wine, $18

What to Watch While You Indulge: The bathroom scale

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HOTEL METROPOLIS, SAN FRANCISCO

Mini Bar Highlights: Hansen's Functional Energy Drink with ginseng, $2.95; Balance Bar, $2.

What to Watch While You Indulge: Power yoga video

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