How To Make Your House Smell Like a Fabulous Luxury Hotel

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Luxury hotels like the Ritz Carlton and The W Hotel have a certain divine aroma that captivates you the moment your walk through the door.

Ever wonder why fancy hotels always smell so good? Want to know how to make your house smell like a hotel?


The sorcery that hotels use to captivate our senses is called scent branding (yea it’s a thing). According to Mandarin Oriental’s branding specialists, hotel guests remember what they smell two times longer and more vividly than what they see or hear. 

“A good scent enhances the wood that you’re standing on, the stone on the wall. It’s almost as if the environment is breathing with you,” said Caroline Fabrigas, chief executive officer of a Scent Marketing. “It becomes intrinsic to the space.”

How To Choose A Hotel Scent for Your Home

Luxury hotels all have their different signature scents. So how do you choose the perfect scent to make your house smell like a hotel?

When choosing a smell for your home, think about what mood you’d like for the space. Would you prefer your home to evoke a calming, relaxing, invigorating, nostalgic or energized feel?

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A hotel that smells of Vanilla increases your libido and make you feel comforted. A hotel that smells of citrus makes you feel energized and uplifted. Sweet orange, for example, is a great calming scent — lavender is relaxing and cinnamon is perfect to wake up and get energized.

Check out the scent decoder below to choose the perfect scent to make your house smell like a hotel.

make your house smell like a hotel

To make your house smell like a hotel, you’ll also want to consider your scent delivery.

While scents in hotels are pumped through air conditioning systems, stand-alone diffusers like candles, scented sticks, and room sprays work better for homes.

Hotel Scents For Your Home

W Hotels Room Spray

Transform your home into your daily relaxation oasis with our exclusive W Hotels Fragrance Collection. A home fragrance spray that instantly elevates every room in your home. Just spray and indulge in the mood-enhancing sensory experience.

Smells like: Citrus-kissed lemon blossoms blend with green tea and laurel leaf for a fresh, uplifting fragrance that instantly transforms your home.

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W Hotels Signature Fig, Jasmine, and Sandalwood Candle

This candle by W Hotels features a stunning mirrored-glass vessel with the iconic “W Hotels Worldwide” logo to add a touch of chic style to any space in your house you want to make smell like a hotel.

Smells like: Notes of peach nectar, sun-ripened figs, and lavender mix with sandalwood, jasmine, and musk to create a complex, invigorating scent that enchants the senses.

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Westin White Tea Reed Diffuser

The signature Westin White Tea scent is exclusively featured in Westin Hotels & Resorts worldwide. Now, with our Westin White Tea Collection, you can bring the signature scent home. You can also get the Westin candle with the same signature scent.

Smells like: Soothing white tea is infused with notes of woodsy cedar, vanilla, and freesia for a well-balanced, invigorating scent that elevates the senses.

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Eau d’Italie Bois D’Ombrie Eau de Toilette Spray

The award-winning signature fragrance of Positano’s Hotel Le is sure to make your home smell like a hotel.

Smells like: A hint of musk with a touch of incense, bergamot, and blackcurrant buds. It’s equal parts salt of the earth and elegant.

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The Ritz-Carlton (Asia) Black Orchid Candle

Get lost in the luxurious aroma of the Black Orchid Candle. Found exclusively at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tianjin hotels. You can also find scents from different Ritz Carlton locations like Ocean Aria from The Ritz Miami or Cedarwood & Rose from The Ritz Dallas.

Smells like: Fresh floral notes and warm benzoin with the spicy infusion of Baltic amber and patchouli.

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Renaissance Hotels Shiso Tea Reed Diffuser 

Indulge in the Renaissance Hotels experience at home with the exclusive fragrance products in the Renaissance Scent Collection.

Smells like: A blend of shiso leaf tea and citrus with notes of white mint, tuberose, gardenia, and lily creates a perfectly-balanced scent that relaxes and invigorates the senses.

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The Hotel Aroma Oil by Aroma Tech

Reminiscent of the scent at the Delano hotel in Las Vegas.

Smells like: 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.

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Antica Farmacista Room Spray

Antica Farmacista creates refined, exotic fragrance experiences for world-renowned, 5-star luxury hotels and spas. Now you can evoke the same aromas and pampering at home with our diffusers, candles, room sprays, and more.

Smells like: Fresh ozonic saltwater notes blend with soft jasmine and lavender while crisp bergamot adds effervescence. Soft notes of white musk and lush oakmoss complete this scent.

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Antica Farmacista Room Spray

Imagine the aroma of freshly laundered linens billowing in a summer breeze against a backdrop of delicate blooms. The NEST Fragrances Linen Classic Candle combines color, texture and fragrance to enhance the everyday living and entertaining experience.

Smells like: Notes of apple blossom and white orchid enhance the fragrance with a hint of floralcy.

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Bonus: How To Make Your House (Or Bathroom) Smell Like a Hotel Spa

make your house smell like a hotel spa

Now that you’ve got your whole house smelling like some of the swankiest hotels in the world, how about your bathroom? Complete the home aroma experience by making your bathroom smell like a hotel spa.

Certainly amongst the most commonly used scents in hotel spas and luxury spas are lavender and eucalyptus, for good reason. The leaves from this fast-growing evergreen Australian tree is said to increase blood flow to the brain, making the mind sharper and more efficient. 

Some more lovely scents to make your house smell like a spa include the following.

  • Blue Cedar, Lavender
  • Lemongrass, Basil
  • White Bamboo, Lotus Flower
  • Vetiver, Lavender, Ylang Ylang
  • Eucalyptus, Rosemary
  • Green Tea, Lemon Flower and Jasmine
  • Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lavender
  • Thyme, Basil, Mimosa
  • Grapefruit, Mandarin, Mint  

Now how do you actually make your house smell like a spa? Here are some of my favorite ways.

Essentials oils

Essential oils are a great way to make your house smell like a spa.

The Water Journey at Costa Rica Marriott San Jose’s Kuo Spa treats guests with a natural Spirulina body wrap and then their body is immersed in a stimulating Seaweed Bath with eucalyptus bath oil.

Leave a few drops of pure Eucalyptus essential oil and perhaps a couple of drops of Rosemary into an aromatherapy essential oil diffuser like this one to make your home and/or bathroom smell like a hotel spa.

Reed diffusers

Unlike candles or electric diffusers, reed diffusers don’t require any flames, plugs, or batteries. Instead, they use wooden sticks (or reeds) to pull the fragrance oils from the bottom of the bottle to the top of the reed, where the scent then evaporates into the air.

Lovespa makes some aromatic reed diffusers with many different scents to make your house smell like a spa — including lemon mint leaf and lavender eucalyptus.

Spa candles

Candles are an easy go-to way to make your bathroom smell like a spa or make your entire house smell like a spa.

Sweet Water Decor makes a lovely lavender sage candle with notes of French Lavender, Lime, Sage, Fern Leaves. This calming and refreshing spa candle is perfect to burn while in a candlelit bath.

Spa products

If you want to make your house smell like a spa using luxurious spa products, you don’t have to look any further than the hotel website shop or even Amazon.

In fact, you able to purchase the full suite of Westin Hotels bathroom/spa amenities including their Tea Aloe Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, and Soap Set here on Amazon.

I’ve also raved before about my love affair with Bliss spa products that you find at the W Hotels. Their Lemon & Sage Sudsy Body Wash is seriously luxurious — and will make your entire bathroom smell like a spa.

We hope you found this guide on how to make your house smell like a hotel and how to make your house smell like a spa helpful. Feeling inspired? Don’t forget to pin this to your “Home Ideas” board on Pinterest.