11 of Our Favorite Hotel Scents You Can Take Home With You

by Joanna Mauney
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In 2004 two scientists won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Those scientists, Dr. Linda Buck and Richard Axel, did so by studying how humans can tell the difference between thousands of smells. It’s estimated that our brains can differentiate between 10,000 different scents! Their studies show how there is a connection between scents and memories. Fascinatingly enough, the bundles of nerve cells in our noses detect the scent with the same sensory area in our brains that we use to store memories.

How Hotels Use Scent to Create an Atmosphere

Hotels use the power of smell to help tell a story. When a guest arrives at their building, it’s the business’s job to make their hotel more than just a building. Even if it’s just for a night, they want that building to make their guests feel happy and comfortable.S

Different hotels have different vibes they want to give their guests. Some want to come off as old, elegant buildings fit for the wealthy. They want their guests to feel pampered during their stay. Others, want to give off the feeling of homey comfort, they want you to feel like you’re arriving home, rather than out spending the night in a city you may have never stepped foot in before.

Hotels tell these stories in different ways. Part of the way they convey the feelings they want to impart is through decoration. An artfully placed display of fruit or the right bouquet of flowers goes a long way in communicating to guests. However, just as important as those visual touches, the hotel scent goes a long way in determining whether or not a hotel can portray the vibe they’re going for.

Hotels use specific scents to help create the atmosphere they’re seeking to convey. If, for example, they want you to feel at home in their hotel, they might use a soft mix of the scents of roses and tobacco. Whatever the scent is, it’s often used in candles or sprays to scent the air, as well as in soaps and lotions. Their goal isn’t to overpower you with the hotel scent, but to subtly use it to convey a message– a message you will hopefully remember and connect with next time you’re thinking about booking a hotel.

If you want the feelings those hotel scents convey without hefting the cost of a room for a night, you can turn your own home into a luxury staycation! You can purchase a hotel scent to spritz around your house, making it smell just like the fancy Weston Hotels or the luxuriously homey St. Regis.

11 Hotel Scents You Can Buy Now Without Paying for the Room

1. Signature Scent for The Mansion on Forsyth Park Savannah

2. Ritz Carlton Mango Pillar Candle

If a “clean” hotel scent doesn’t say vacation enough for you, consider this next one. It’s formulated to make you feel like you’ve been flown off to the tropics of South Florida. It’s a long-lasting pillar candle that gives off citrus along with notes of sweet mango. It adds to the effect by being filled with solid pieces of dark yellow wax that look just like pieces of mango! You can buy it on Amazon.com

3. Renaissance Shiso Tea Reed Diffuser

Try out a diffuser with the Shiso Tea Reed Diffuser. This option gives off delightful notes of white mint, tuberose, gardenia, lily, and of course, shiso tea. You can use it to turn your whole house into a spa. You can purchase this hotel scent on Amazon.com

4. W Room Spray

W Hotels’ signature room spray is a refreshing blend of lemon blossoms, green tea, and laurel leaves. You can try giving your home a citrus-kissed feeling by purchasing it on Amazon.com

5. Signature Hotel Bel-Air Candle

This candle blends orange blossom, lemon, cassie, and lily of the valley for an energizing fragrance. You can purchase this hotel scent here.


6. Westin Room Spray

This is a pleasing choice for those who enjoy the scent of vanilla. In this spray, it’s combined with woody cedar and invigorating white tea. You can buy this hotel scent on Amazon.com

7. Aromatherapy Diffuser: Westin White Tea Scent Machine with Free Cartridge

For a sultry, mysterious scent, you can purchase the Edition Hotel Hotel’s scent. This one is full of lemon, amber, musk, rose, and black fig. You can purchase it here.

8. Fairmont Desert Rose

A romantic mix, this spray was created with Fairmont Hotels in mind. It’s a unique combination of oud wood, cumin, sweet praline, frankincense, rose, and musk. Purchase this hotel scent here.


9. The Confidante Hotel, Miami Beach, Marquee Moon

If you’d like a scent with a hint of masculinity, look no further than Marquee Moon. This spray surrounds you with the smells of spicy leather, nutmeg, citrus, and floral notes along with a touch of amber musk. You can purchase this hotel scent here.

 10. Hotel Aroma Oil

The Hotel Aroma oil is a 100% Pure Diffuser Blend created with the highest quality of raw and natural ingredients.

Simply remove the diffuser oil bottle and add the Aroma Oil Blend. Screw the bottle back into the scent machine. Adjust the diffuser intensity to your desired level to create the perfect ambient scent. Mixing Aroma or Essential Oils with water or other carriers is NOT required.

WITH NOTES of red rose, geranium, and lovely lavender dancing on a bed of eucalyptus and fresh pine, The Hotel is a cheerful, yet sensual blend of lemon, orange and juicy peach.

You can buy it now on Amazon.com

11. Marriott Attune Scent Diffuser and Free Cartridge

Gently diffuse the Marriott signature Attune hotel scent into any room. The smell includes notes of apple and grapefruit mixed with jasmine, rose and cedar, this blend uplifts the senses and refreshes your space. Innovative dry air technology. Scent diffuser cartridge lasts approximately 400 hours and freshens up to 800 square feet. You can purchase it on Amazon.com

Your Home Will Develop Its Own Special Atmosphere

Whatever scent you choose, it’s sure to add a special touch of elegance and warmth to your home that you and your friends will love. As unobtrusive as smells are, they can make a world of difference in transforming a room.  Years from now, perhaps you’ll walk into a hotel that uses the fragrance you use regularly at home, and a flood of memories will fill your mind as the sweet notes of various hotel scents fill your nose.

Find more and buy your favorite hotel scents in the Storied Hotels Shop

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