Think butlers are the domain of the aristocracy or period pieces like Downton Abbey? Think again. Butlers are a surprisingly affordable service enhancement for corporate groups.
Butler service is a great convenience for business travellers who usually find that suits and casual clothing have become wrinkled in transit. The first time I had experienced butler service I quickly realized the value that they offer for corporate groups. Upon arriving at the resort and settling into my room, the butler asked for the clothes that I would be wearing that night and the next day. While the butler ironed my clothing and hung in my closets, I was able to focus on business.
Butlers will also unpack suitcases, organize clothing, shine shoes, make reservations on- or off-property, arrange transportation and even prepare baths. For groups, butlers will also set-up executive rooms for meetings, obtain supplies and set-up bars in hospitality suites and villas.
European hotels with butlers include Claridge's in London and Prague's The Augustine. Butler service is offered in all room categories at Tokyo's Hotel Seiyo Ginza.
Hotels brands offering butler service include Raffles and Paradisus, which has Royal Butler Service at Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort and Paradisus Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. St. Regis has offered butler service for over 100 years. Sandals Resorts has butler class service in select room categories.
Groups don't have to travel outside North America to find hotels with butlers. In New York City, Fairmont The Plaza offers butler service and The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, has Royal Attaches. 24 hour butler service is available in all suites at Toronto's Windsor Arms Hotel in fashionable Yorkville.
The Cvent Event blog has previously profiled Half Moon Resort, Jamaica, Jumeirah Burj Al Arab in Dubai, Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, and Grand Velas Riviera Maya. I also described the convenience of butler service in my post about Raffles Dubai.
For added convenience and that extra touch to make top performers and VIP clients feel pampered, consider giving guests the opportunity to say "The Butler did it."
Photo Credit: Sarah Ackerman