Staycation Secrets: How to Make Your Apartment Smell Like a Fancy Hotel

Hack the lavish life.

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There's a certain heavenly aroma when you walk into a hotel so fancy you can hardly afford a cocktail at the bar, let alone a room for the night. But thanks to a slew of custom candles and room sprays from those very establishments, you can give your apartment the same scent treatment. Here, find the best bottled and hand-poured bouquets from hotels like the Chateau Marmont and the W offer—consider them the ultimate staycation hack...

1. Westin Room Spray

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The signature scent of Westin Hotels is a *fancy* blend of white tea with wood cedar and vanilla. (Their Rome property's Villa La Cupola Suite is billed at $30,000 a night and is number 8 on the list of the World's 15 most expensive hotel suites (opens in new tab), so fancy is the word.)

Westin Room Spray, $65; westinstore.com (opens in new tab).

2. The Dorchester Fig & Cassis Scented Candle

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Created by Amor et Psyché (opens in new tab), which means its ingredients were derived from a discreet part of the word and hand-poured in England, it marries fig (a scent beloved by Plato for its mental-stirring qualities (opens in new tab)) with woody cassis.

The Dorchester Fig & Cassis Scented Candle, $65; shop.dorchestercollection.com (opens in new tab).

3. Eau d'Italie Eau de Toilette Spray

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The award-winning signature fragrance of Positano's Hotel Le combines a hint of musk with a touch of incense, bergamot, and blackcurrant buds. It's equal parts salt of the earth and elegant.

Eau d'Italie Eau de Toilette Spray, $95; beautyhabit.com (opens in new tab).

4. W Room Scent

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W Hotels are notorious for their beauty offerings and their signature fragrance sparkles with lemon and lime blossom notes. A fresh option for summer, it draws you in without being overbearing.

W Room Scent, $31.50; whotelsthestore.com (opens in new tab).

5. Renaissance R Diffuser

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Transform your space into a Renaissance spa with this blend of shish tea leaf and citrus—dispersed by this sculptural diffuser. Designed in NYC by Joya (that's Spanish for jewel), it's a work of art in and of itself.

Renaissance R Diffuser, $48; collectrenaissance.com (opens in new tab).

6. Costes Home Fragrance

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Hôtel Costes is a famous feast for the senses and its hallmark "white" scent is clean and pure with hints of lily, ginger, and white cedar. In other words, it's a minimalist's dream.

Costes Home Fragrance, $44; shop.hotelcostes.com (opens in new tab).

7. Chateau Marmont Signature Candle

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The famous Hollywood institution's Alessandra fragrance is a blend of florals and spices, like gardenia and vanilla, in a honey-hued soy wax. It will instantly turn your bedroom into a boudoir.

Chateau Marmont Signature Candle, $50; http://standardhotels.myshopify.com (opens in new tab).

8. Ritz Carlton Archipelago White Jasmine Candle

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Designed to transport you to the beaches of Hawaii (and it does, it really, really does), this slow burner is an understated floral bouquet housed in an apothecary-like jar.

Ritz Carlton Archipelago White Jasmine Candle, $39; ritzcarltonshops.com (opens in new tab).

Lauren Valenti
Beauty Editor

Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.