When you hear (or smell) Portico White Ginger, what do you think of?
I am a frequent Hyatt guest, and am more than a little sick of that foul aroma, which is the standard offering for bathroom amenities at most Hyatt and Hyatt Place hotels. Other Hyatt brands including resorts have different (and in my opinion, generally rather nice) products. I know not everyone dislikes the White Ginger, but I'm happy to hear that it is finally going away. Mere mention of matters like this are the ultimate example of #firstworldproblems, but I'll guess I'll chalk this up to blog research.
I've read a few places about new bathroom amenities rolling out on December 1. I've had several Hyatt stays this month, so I was hoping to try out the new products, but I have thus far not seen them.
My first Hyatt stay in December was on the 13th, and I was disappointed to see the old white ginger amenities were still present in the bathroom. I got in contact with the Hyatt twitter team trying to clarify the situation with these amenities. Of course, the type of shampoo in a hotel really doesn't matter, and I can (and often do) bring my own, but I'm just reporting my experiences. Disdain for White Ginger is a somewhat common topic among Hyatt regulars I've spoken to.
I have long disliked white ginger, so I was excited to try the new products. The information provided by the Twitter team differs slightly from what was posted in the linked articles, both of which reference this article from the WSJ's Middle Seat column which states the KenetMD is going to be rolled out to Hyatt Regency hotels.
I checked in at a Hyatt Regency again this week, and after making a request for the new products via twitter, my bathroom was stocked with this:
Its not the new amenities, but the Quince-Bergamot scent is quite nice in my opinion. It seems that this is an alternative offering that is available upon request.
I'm still hoping to try out the new amenities, but even in mid-December, there must be a large stock of White Ginger to burn through at many properties. I guess it will have to wait until next year, as I have no more planned stays in 2012.
Have you had seen the new Hyatt amenities? Are they an improvement? Do you feel as strongly about bathroom amenities as I apparently do? Share your thoughts below.