We've all been down that road: asking hotel staff for directions to a restaurant or attraction and taking a few exasperating wrong turns on the way.

Now, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is helping guests stay on course by offering use of handheld GPS navigators free at select properties. Starting this month, The Carlyle in Manhattan and The Mansion on Turtle Creek and Hotel Crescent Court, both in Dallas, will be stocked with state-of-the-art Garmin iQue M3 GPS Navigators.

A concierge can plug in the desired location, then "you hit 'go,' and it will literally talk you through the drive or walk there," says Bob Boulogne, Rosewood vice president of sales and marketing. If you're out jogging or sightseeing and lose your way, "you hit 'home' and it takes you back to the hotel from anywhere."

The program, which Boulogne says is a first for hotels, could expand to other Rosewood properties.