Finding the Right Hotel For Your Needs

My wife and I still talk about the Hotel we stayed in on a recent trip to italy when we reached the end of the trip and stayed in a five star hotel in rome the day before we flew back to canada at the end of our holidays a few years ago. The hotel itself was extremely comfortable and clean, but what we talk about frequently to friends and family was the breakfast buffet the hotel provided for guests daily. The buffet was unbelievable as everything was fresh and gourmet, from the fresh roasted coffee to the all you can drink fresh squeezed orange juice. The buffet had fresh cheeses, fresh cut fruit, sausages, bacon, ham, pancakes, and fresh baked breads for toast and jam which made it an unforgettable experience to top off an adventure filled holiday.

It just shows that it is not the room, but the other things that can make a trip more fun and comfortable for you. After we had experienced some luxury on our trip to italy my wife now really looks for better quality hotels with good food, clean spacious rooms, and many other amenities before we will book a room somewhere. She can spend an exhausting amount of time before booking a room which is fine for me since she does all the work and then shows me the options. On our summer holiday this year we stayed at a hotel which was only a year old, had an unbelievable modern lobby with cool Flat Panel TVs, a coffee shop in the lobby and a restaurant that my daughter kept wanting to go into the bathroom over and over again because it was so modern and upscale. There was a modern restaurant at the hotel as well with a really nice bar and the food was excellent. The hotel offered rates well below other hotels in the area because the hotel was new and had not established a reputation yet. Other hotels were as much as two hundred dollars a night more for the same thing.

Here are some quick tips to finding a great hotel room:

Check reviews on sites like TripAdvisor

Call and ask if there are rooms that have been recently renovated

Bring your own sheets and pillow cases

Run hot water through the drinking glasses for at least two minutes before drinking out of them

Is there a restaurant at the hotel or does the hotel provide a continental breakfast

Rooms with balconies have the illusion of more space and can be more comfortable

Look at photos of the rooms and carpeting online or on the hotel web site

Wear sandals or slippers on carpeted floors

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Hotel Accommodations

Are you ready for your annual vacation? Whats it gonna be this time, The Hilton or The Comfort Inn, or possibly a splash on The Ramada? All great at doing they’re thing. But there is something else. A boutique hotel.

Whats a boutique hotel? Think about the relaxed atmosphere at home, combined with artistically themed furnishings and decor. Mix that in with customer service to die for. Truck loads of must have conveniences; satellite tv, internet access and luxurious spa treatments, make for an appetizing retreat.

The building that houses the boutique may be styled on a particular era, like the 1920s or 40s. The building itself might even date back to the 20s or before it. Don’t forget though that all the latest in technology will be at your aid as well.

Some boutiques only have between 20 and 80 rooms. Booking early on the internet or via phone is recommended. You will be able to find some larger boutiques that have over 100 rooms. In these boutique hotels you will find swimming pools, restaurants and bars on site. Some provide free access to roof top terraces.

So, doesn’t sound much different than a chain hotel i hear you say. Well for a start your hotel will incorporate a period of history or its local surroundings and ingest them into the theme of the hotel. Local arts, crafts and furniture, will be cultivated from the local area into the hotel. The Anasazi Hotel in Santa Fe for example, displays local southwest region culture to decorate its home.

New Orleans boutiques, have designed their hotels around the 19th century era. This is fitting as most of them are housed in historic buildings. A hotel called The Hotel Union Square, located in San Francisco, bases its decor theme on the prohibition era.

That isn’t to say all boutiques base their theme on the local area. The Inn of Five Graces in Santa Fe bases its theme on the soutwest culture and mixes it with Asian culture. There are plenty of boutiues outside of the US, in cities as far away as Moscow and Singapore.

Some of the boutiques in beautiful places like Cannes and Istanbul, are in high demand. Make sure to plan ahead and check out availability well in advance if planning a trip abroad. Bear in mind you may not get your first choice booking, but some of the smaller boutiques also have a lot to offer.

So while the regular hotels offer a high standard of facilities and suites, boutique hotels are renowned for their high levels of hospitality. Couple this with some splendid design touches and amazing amenities, a boutique hotel will offer you a rich rewarding vacation experience.

All in all a stay at a boutique hotel if definitely worth paying the increased premium for. With top notch service, no end of luxuries, and even a bit of culture, who says a vacation has to be a blase experience.

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