The 2009 Gellies™
Yes, yes I know you Googled Shower Gellies and you got sent here and I won't disappoint you. For some years
I have been championing hotels dispatching worthless shower caps and little buds of cotton wool for more usable personal items such as fluffy slippers and shower gel. Bubbly liquid soap in a plastic bottle can in my experience be found in pharmacies and supermarkets all over the world but why is it that hotel companies decide to omit them from their rooms but insist on giving you a plastic shoe-horn instead?
Anyway I have made it my life's work to study hotel shower gels or lack thereof and I give you my Chicago Addick
awards for the 2009/10 Gellies™
as follows. Drum roll please:"You want more what?" The BYOB (bodysoap) hotel awardWinner: The W Hotel, New YorkOnce trendy and the place to be seen. The W on Lexington Avenue has been left behind by far more shower gel friendly hip hotels in the area. Requested additional bathroom supplies did not materialise, so I took to slipping additional toiletries from the maid's cart into my pocket and waved to the security camera as I did so.The I have seen more shower gel in the bogs at Priestfield awardWinner: Hilton New YorkA Brobdingnagian of a hotel in New York's Mid-town. A cold and uncongenial place full of dull businessmen obviously not as perterbed as me by the thimble of body cleanser in the rooms.A dishonourable mention to: The Fairmont, ChicagoFor the 2nd year running, the otherwise very nice Fairmont Hotel in downtown Chicago let me down. Thank god for the Walgreens across the street. Shower Gel Bubbly heaven awardWinner: The Mansion on PeachtreeThis place is soap-sudded heaven. A Rosewood Hotel property and they obviously understand a man's shower gel needs. Not only this but the hotel's swanky 29 Spa ran by Lydia Mondavi (of Mondavi wine clan fame) has a sommeliers selection of wine on a spa menu alongside smoothies and healthy rubbish as well as heated slippers. Honourable mentions to: Royalton, New YorkWhen Phillipe Starck designed this stylish gaff he didn't forget the Radox. Good boy. Also Loews Miami Beach
. Plenty of squeezy bottles in the jumbo-sized shower here.
Previous Winners: 2008 Winners, 2007 Winners, 2006 Winners.