So, you're booked in a classy hotel suite and the mood is just right for a toast for two. But you didn't bring the essential bubbly to add a sparkle to that first night of your cherished getaway.
If you're too shy to call room service and are lounging in the Lennox Miami Beach hotel on 1900 Collins Avenue, take a gander at its vending machine full of French champagne in the courtyard.
Yep, you read that right. A dispenser loaded with that classy concoction for which the rich and famous are notorious for imbibing. And it's all French, with Imperial selections that include Brut, Nectar, and Rose.
There's also no way you would be unable to distinguish this automated distributor from the ones that spit snacks and soda. Nope, this one has a nice golden trim to it, a sign that it only carries the best.
Bottle worth $30
A 200-milliliter bottle, roughly half a pint, of the exquisite stuff will set you back about $30. But you'll need to pay that much at the desk for a token enabling the vending machine to grant your request. And to keep things classy, no swigging from the bottle, as the staff will obligingly give you a couple of champagne flutes to help down the chosen beverage.
According to learned travel experts, this is the first vending machine of its kind in Miami, but it's not the only one outside the city's borders. The Lexington Hotel in New York recently installed one stocked with Moët & Chandon, the same brand stored in a similar dispenser at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples.
Do you want live crab with that?
In the big picture, champagne's not particularly unusual when it comes to what's available in vending machines these days. China recently launched one line stocking live crab, while Japan's had a few dispensing pizzas for at least a year. But credit Singapore for making a basic staple available in these dispensers, that is, if you have a hankering for mashed potatoes.
Even with online ordering being all the rage, vending machines have an advantage in providing requested consumables almost instantaneously. And if the only complaints are from the live crabs trapped in these booth-like contraptions, so much the better.