How do you choose a hotel when you travel?
The first thing I do when choosing a hotel is narrow down the neighborhood we want our hotel to be in. If we are visiting a place where we will not have our car, it must be nearby a bus stop or metro station so we can use public transportation or at least be within walking distance of all the sites. Once we’ve figured that out, I read loads of blogger posts and guest reviews on websites like TripAdvisor and Oyster.
If you had to choose 3, which were the most special hotels you have ever stayed at?
So far we’ve only stayed in three boutique hotels, the King Charles Boutique Residence in Praha, Hotel Zero 1 in Montreal and the Hotel de L’Avre in Paris, but planning on staying at many more on our future trips because we’re hooked on them!
What made them so special?
All of these hotels had very cool art and décor displayed throughout the hotel. The food was amazing, the locations were perfect, friendly staff, free WiFi (very important) and breakfast was included! The rooms were comfortable and furnishing was very chic at both hotels. Believe it or not, for boutique hotels we didn’t have to pay a very high price per night. They were both in my opinion 5 star service and amenities but at an affordable price and that is what we look for in hotels now. So to those who are hesitant about booking at a boutique hotel, there truly are some out there that are very inexpensive!
If you had your own boutique hotel, what 3 things would you make sure existed?
Definitely free WiFi, a restaurant and complimentary transportation to and from the airport.
Name 3 things you loved in hotels you stayed in before…
- I loved the helpful staff, especially when we need help mapping out what sites we want to see that day. They are locals so they have the inside scoop on where to eat and what to see outside of tourist attractions.
- Breakfast included at the hotel restaurant (really helped us get out the door quick to go sightseeing and it’s a money saver).
- Free WiFi to keep in touch with friends and family while we are away (we love our WiFi in case you couldn’t tell).
Name 3 things you wouldn’t want to experience in a hotel ever again.
We’ve had good luck so far and haven’t encountered any issues. The only thing I can think of is false advertising. We stayed in a hotel once in Florida where the photos looked a whole lot better than how it looked in person. That’s why guest reviewer photos are a necessity!
How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?
I think it’s a very creative idea and I cannot wait to see where it will be located and what it will look like once it’s built!
Where are you off to next?
We don’t have anything set in stone at the moment. Just working and enjoying home life until our next adventure comes along.
A working mom, wife, travel, style and culture enthusiast; JaMeka Ramnath loves to explore and learn about different cultures and places around the globe.
You can also read about her experiences on her blog Got The Travel Bug Too and connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.