Dispatch, ILTM: How much ice do you need?


_Danny dispatch

 Luxury hoteliers and travel agents from around the world are convening this week at the annual International Luxury Travel Market in Cannes, France, which runs through Dec. 6. Travel Weekly hotels editor Danny King reports.
This week’s International Luxury Travel Market may celebrate all that is highbrow, but Nicholas Coleridge went resolutely down home when explaining his personal pet peeves at luxury hotels.

The Condé Nast International president, who spoke Monday night to about 2,600 ILTM attendees, listed plastic room keys, confusing room-lighting setups and questionnaires among his least-desired services at luxury hotels.

Welcome-note form letters from the manager, a multitude of overstuffed cushions on the bed and a strategically placed bottle of wine that’s not complimentary also made Coleridge’s personal Hall of Shame when it comes to unnecessary amenities, as did the personal butler.

“How many buckets of fresh ice does one really need,” asked Coleridge. “That don’t impress me much, as Shania Twain put it.”

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