#BoHoLover: Meet Caroline & Rushan of @PureHouseIbiza

We have asked Caroline & Rushan, the owners of Pure House Ibiza to share their thoughts with us about their love for travel and hotels, and Amberlair, of course. And before you ask, a #BohoLover is a Boutique Hotel lover …  just like us!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - #BoHoLover: Meet Caroline & Rushan of Pure House Ibiza @PureHouseIbiza

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

Our main criteria are aesthetics, location and exclusivity. Having explored travel blogs and searched for specific hashtags on Instagram we check social media channels and the website of hotels to get a feeling of the place. A quick confirmation on TripAdvisor rounds up our search. As owners of a boutique hotel, we are lucky to share a lot of good addresses and experiences of our like-minded clients from all over the world. Word of mouth is always the best way!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - #BoHoLover: Meet Caroline & Rushan of Pure House Ibiza @PureHouseIbiza

Pure House Ibiza by Caroline & Rushan

 

 

If you had to choose 3, which were the most special (boutique) hotels you have ever stayed at and what made them so special?

  • Paradise road in Sri Lanka – Villa Bentota, nestled in a coconut grove on the seaside, Paradise road is a discreet boutique hotel designed with taste. Attractive contemporary artwork of Sri Lanka’s most famous artists is featured throughout the walls of the hotel. The Villa is magically romantic; the boutique is just irresistible.
  • Casa Malca has the feeling of an intimate beach house perched above the sand of Caribbean Sea and surrounded by a lush jungle. Here, all is about art, the owner exhibits his amazing contemporary art collection. The perfect mix of unmatched luxury and ultimate privacy in Tulum’s white sandy beach and the laid-back atmosphere.
  • Desa Seni Village resort in Bali. A few Java’s pavilions set amid a lush tropical garden, rooms offer views to the swimming pool or to the vegetable garden supplying the organic restaurant. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. The yoga classes and spa with holistic treatment are spectacular.

More than hotels, they are houses personalized with a creative design and we love it!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - #BoHoLover: Meet Caroline & Rushan of Pure House Ibiza @PureHouseIbiza

Pure House Ibiza by Caroline & Rushan

 

 

If you had your own boutique hotel, what 3 things would you make sure existed?

Ahaha! We are running a Boutique hotel so it’s an interesting question, 3 things are not enough!

  • A friendly and welcoming staff with and helpful concierge service
  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms and all over the hotel is a given!
  • Very comfortable beds for a good night’s sleep to rest your body and mind

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - #BoHoLover: Meet Caroline & Rushan of Pure House Ibiza @PureHouseIbiza

 

 

Name 3 things you loved in hotels you stayed in before…

  1. Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok for the exceptional and personalized service of the staff and for the stunning view on the river from the bed.
  2. Inle Princess Resort in lake Inle (Myanmar) for the arrival to this haven by a small boat where the captain paddles with one foot. A timeless peaceful and intimate hotel. I have loved the spa treatments.
  3. Desa Seni Village resort in Canggu (Bali) for the feeling of living in a world apart. The best yoga class in Paradise.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - #BoHoLover: Meet Caroline & Rushan of Pure House Ibiza @PureHouseIbiza

 

 

Name 3 things you wouldn’t want to experience in a hotel ever again.

  1. Dirty and noisy rooms
  2. Impersonal welcoming
  3. Disappointing breakfast

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

Never heard of such an innovative concept before! It’s an amazingly inspired, creative, original and ambitious way to launch a Boutique hotel. We are looking forward to be one of your first guests.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - #BoHoLover: Meet Caroline & Rushan of Pure House Ibiza @PureHouseIbiza

Pure House Ibiza by Caroline & Rushan

 

 

Where are you off to next?

Casa las Tortugas in Holbox island is located at the tip of the Yucatán peninsula or Desa Seni, which is a healthy yoga retreat that gives you the feeling of being in a world apart. We have to make a choice between those two well-hidden paradises.

 

We both travelled far and extensively before finding the peace, the lifestyle and the incredible mix of people here in Ibiza.

Rushan is originally from Albania, he worked in one of the best hotels in Mykonos. In 2003, he came to Ibiza and ran a renovation company. Rushan is an artist creating furnitures and sculptures like our beautiful pieces of art, tables, lamps, …  

Caroline is from Lyon where she worked as a photographer in a big studio, primarily shooting furniture and decoration developing her sense of style and decoration. In 2010, she decided to change her life and Ibiza was calling her.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - #BoHoLover: Meet Caroline & Rushan of Pure House Ibiza @PureHouseIbiza

Pure House Ibiza by Caroline & Rushan

 

By chance we met here in Ibiza in 2010 and started the Pure House Ibiza project together: an Agroturismo, with a boutique hotel feeling, filled with art and handmade craft pieces that are also for sale. Our lives bloom here together, as the hotel fuses our main shared passions: decoration, travel and interacting with other cultures, via contact with our cherished guests and our annual travels in the off-season.

Connect with Caroline & Rushan on  Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

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#BoHoLover: Meet Andrew of The Luxury Editor @andrewaforbes

We have asked Andrew Forbes, editor of The Luxury Editor to share his thoughts with us about his love for travel and hotels, and Amberlair, of course. And before you ask, a #BohoLover is a Boutique Hotel lover… just like us!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Andrew Forbes Blue Train #BoHoLover: Meet Andrew of The Luxury Editor @andrewaforbes

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

I value the recommendations of my friends, but increasingly I look at comments on social media. And I must admit to being influenced by fabulous pictures on Instagram! It’s great to discover new hotels; and now we have the #BoHoLover hashtag it is getting even easier to be inspired by like-minded travellers!
I look for unique hotels, that reflect their locations; places that feel magical…

 

 

If you had to choose 3, which were the most special (boutique) hotels you have ever stayed at and what made them so special?

It’s hard to choose just three, but my criteria are hotels that are unique, have a keen sense of provenance, and where I had a great night’s sleep!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Andrew Forbes of The Luxury Editor @andrewaforbes

 

Babylonstoren Farm Hotel
For me, this South African historic Cape Dutch wine farm estate has it all. It really captures the quintessential Western Cape winelands experience, with its stunning old-world architecture; an extraordinary market garden serving its farm-to-fork ‘Babel’ restaurant; a boutique spa; and super-stylish hotel accommodation in private cottages that combine rustic charm with the very latest in creature comforts. Attention to detail and style are everywhere.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Babylonstoren #BoHoLover: Meet Andrew of The Luxury Editor @andrewaforbes

Babylonstoren in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Babylonstoren #BoHoLover: Meet Andrew of The Luxury Editor @andrewaforbes

Babylonstoren in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Photo by hotel.

 

Hotel Sant Francesc
This 42-room city boutique hotel in Palma de Mallorca’s old town is a favourite. A 19th century mansion has been converted into a contemporary hotel for the style-conscious. Its avoided the mistakes of some ‘design’ hotels, and has instead created a place of timeless elegance, with sophisticated guest rooms and a wonderful restaurant.

 

Finca Cortesin
This is one of my favourite hotels in Spain. It may seem more of a resort, with its world-class golf course, and expansive, manicured gardens. Yet the 67-room hotel, built in a traditional Spanish Hacienda, Andalusian cortijo style has a genuine boutique style. The guest suites are exquisite, and the service is flawless. They really understand how to delivery great hospitality with a personal flair.

 

 

If you had your own boutique hotel, what 3 things would you make sure existed?

  • Genuine, warm welcome
    I recall once hearing the phrase ‘it’s hospitality, not hostility!’ It made me laugh so much; and I think sometimes hotels need to be reminded of this. The initial welcome at reception can set the tone of the whole stay – it should always be warm and friendly
  • Make check-in an experience, not a chore
    Some boutique hotels really stand out for the way they offer a personalised check-in. I’m not one to stand waiting at front desk. I like it when the reception staff welcomes you, offers you a drink and check in can be completed in the room or in a lounge. For example, La Sultana Marrakech offered me delicious mint tea, and Moroccan cakes in the drawing room, whilst my cases were taken to the room, and my passport was copied the paperwork done – that’s how to do it!
  • Make me feel I’m immersed in the destination
    It’s good to see hotels capture the essence of their location. The advantage of a boutique property over an international resort is that they can be quirky, individual and non-conformist, and reflect the personality of their local community.

 

 

Name 3 things you loved in hotels you stayed in before…

  1. Privacy is the ultimate luxury
    I love the feeling of having the welcoming atmosphere of a boutique hotel, but also the chance to hideaway, and disconnect. For example, at Hacienda San Rafael, near Seville, they offer private villas, each with a secluded terrace and cabana where the team would serve breakfast and other meals upon request. You’d wake up and stroll out into the sunshine in your robe, and there waiting for you was coffee and pastries, even before you had to think about looking at the breakfast menu!
  2. Personalised, intuitive service
    In a smaller property, it’s important that a hotel can remember guests, and fine-tune their experience appropriately. As a first-time guest it’s great when a hotel reaches out to me before arrival by email to help personalise my stay. I’m also really impressed when hotels make thoughtful gestures. For example, at Hotel Sant Francesc in Palma de Mallorca, they discovered it was my birthday and prepared an amazing lunch with a personalised birthday cake!
  3. Stylish bathroom amenities & imaginative turndown gifts
    I’m easily seduced by these small gestures! I love it when hotels offer creative welcome and turndown gifts that reflect the local community or location of the hotel. For example, at La Residencia in Deiá, they celebrate local art, culture and gastronomy – with gifts of Mallorca gourmet sea salt, olive oil, a handmade star fish from a local ceramicist, and the book ‘Bread & Oil’ by local resident Tomas Graves (the son of the late English poet and novelist Robert Graves who lived in Mallorca).

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Andrew Forbes of The Luxury Editor @andrewaforbes

 

 

Name 3 things you wouldn’t want to experience in a hotel ever again.

  1. Over attentive waiting staff
    It’s great to be made to feel special, but sometimes hotels can get the balance wrong and overdo it. I’ve eaten in some hotel restaurants where it’s almost hard to finish a sentence with my fellow companion before a waiter has approached the table to top up a glass, ask about the food or take away a dish. It’s uncomfortable when service oversteps and ruins the experience.
  2. Mean amenities and towels
    When I go away I want to feel it was worth leaving home for; I want to be pampered. I’m not a fan at all of the ‘one bath towel, one hand towel per person’ rule. I don’t have that at home, so why should towels be rationed in a luxe hotel? I love properties that leave extra towels and plenty of amenities in the bathroom. Even without using them it just makes you feel special, a sense of abundant luxury.
  3. Charging for extras – as the Americans say, to ‘nickel-and-dime’ the client
    As a guest, I want to have all the amenities included. There is nothing more off-putting than a mean-spirited host. Seeing a bottle of mineral water for sale in a room drives me crazy! Bottles of water should be provided as a courtesy – filtered water is fine. I also think charging for internet is a no-no. In the developed world it’s a basic utility these days, like electricity. It should always be included.
    I also think that providing a mini bar full of chargeable extras is a mistake. I think it is better to offer a more limited in-room bar and include the items in the room rate. A great idea is when hotels invite you before your stay to choose what you want in the mini bar, personalising it.

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

It’s truly fascinating, and of course original. I guess it’s a natural extension of the notion of the social economy to have a crowd-sourced boutique hotel; but I imagine the challenges must be significant. You are brave to pursue this dream! Having many stakeholders and contributors is wonderful on one hand, to help fine-tune the hotel and make it truly special. Yet of course I imagine it is quite a juggling act on the other, as at some point you must make concrete decisions about overall look & feel, the exact location, architecture, interior design, rooms, food and beverage etc. and some BoHoLovers will be over the moon, but other ambassadors may be disappointed – so just remember, you can’t please all the people all the time! I wish you all the very best of luck. I look forward to booking my stay!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Andrew Forbes of The Luxury Editor @andrewaforbes

 

 

Where are you off to next?

I’m heading to the States. It’s one of my favourite destinations. I have relatives and so many friends there and I find it a very easy travel destination where I feel at home. I will be checking out some interesting properties in California…

 

I’m Andrew Forbes, a marketing communications consultant specialising in the luxury and travel sectors. I also write frequently on travel as a freelancer, as well as for my regular monthly newspaper feature in Spain, where I have been living for more than a decade. I am one of the editors of  the online luxury travel magazine The Luxury Editor.

Connect with Andrew of The Luxury Editor on  Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

#BoHoLover: Meet Gabriella Mandrik of Goose Lifestyle

We have asked Gabriella Mandrik of Goose Lifestyleto share her thoughts with us about her love for hotels, and Amberlair, of course. And before you ask, a #BohoLover is a Boutique Hotel lover… just like us!

 

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

For me the main viewpoints for choosing a hotel are location, price, rating and the pictures I can find. I usually check the hotel’s website and TripAdvisor for ratings and pictures. Regarding the location, the hotel doesn’t have to be necessarily in the center, however it has to be easily accessible by public transport. The travel time should not exceed 20-30 minutes to the center or the main attractions. Being a student, I’m very price sensitive, however recently the design of the hotels became more and more important for me. Additional services such as breakfast or spa are only secondary preferences for me. I usually travel for the location and I prefer to discover the local facilities.

 

 

If you had to choose 3, which were the most special (boutique) hotels you have ever stayed at and what made them so special?

The first boutique hotel on my wish list is the Aria Hotel Budapest. I heard and read a lot of nice things about it and I like the design of the hotel very much. I also love the location of the hotel, the rooftop bar and the building itself, the old tenement houses in Budapest have a very special atmosphere.

La Sultana Marrakech: I love the oriental style of the hotel, the beautiful rooftop, the view and the patio  with swimming pool.

Cap Rocat, Mallorca: The hotel itself is an attraction, the fact that it was a military fortress. Now it is a beautifully designed luxury shelter makes it very attractive. I also love the pool and the private beach.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Gabriella of Gooose Co.

Cap Rocat, Mallorca. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Gabriella of Gooose Co.

Cap Rocat, Mallorca. Photo by hotel.

 

 

If you had your own boutique hotel, what 3 things would you make sure existed?

  • A beautiful garden or if it’s not possible, a lot of plants. They are so inviting and make the interior more comfortable. When I was in Milan for example, my favorite thing about the city were the balconies, full of plants and flowers, it gave the city a different atmosphere.
  • I would definitely use environmental friendly solutions because the travelers become more and more conscious. The waste in the tourism industry always bothered me.
  • A proper wifi system, because I think that in 2017 it shouldn’t be complimentary. In many places, even if you buy the wifi access, it doesn’t work properly.

 

 

Name 3 things you loved in hotels you stayed in before…

  1. When I asked a question and the employees not just simply answered me, but offered extra help (printing out documents, help to book a ticket etc.) It’s just a little courtesy, but makes the difference.
  2. I also like when employees recognize me, remember my name and ask about my day and start a small conversation. I also like when they are friendly and make jokes.
  3. When I went to a Mediterranean destination, I often experienced that cats lived in the hotel lobby or in the garden. I know that there are lots of stray animals in that region and people got used to them. But I think it is still nice, that the hotel management didn’t throw out these animals, instead of letting  them live there.

 

 

 

Name 3 things you wouldn’t want to experience in a hotel ever again.

  1. At many hotels I stayed, I didn’t feel so welcome. Sometimes I had a question or problem, I felt that the employees weren’t helpful and didn’t really pay much attention. The lack of smile from the employees is also an issue at many places. This is just a small thing, but can change a lot, and really doesn’t cost anything. Now at many places the employees never smile and it is not so welcoming either.
  2. The wifi system, there are still many hotels which simply don’t get the concept of the wifi and don’t provide proper access, even when you pay for it.
  3. A lot of hotels I simply put two single beds together, making a double one. That could work, but the beds often had wheels that made them slide.  I continuously ended up in the hole in the middle during the night, which was very annoying and uncomfortable.

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

I think today it is very important to know the preferences of the guests. If people can contribute their ideas, that can definitely increase the loyalty and engagement of the guests. I also think that those who travel constantly know their preferences. And creating  a hotel with their help is better than paying a lot of money for alleged experts who just repeat the same formulas over and over again. They use the same solutions everywhere, but doesn’t really contribute to something outstanding. The knowledge and the ideas of the community can be more useful than the opinion of a few people. To create a hotel is not anymore a privilege for those who have the money.

 

 

 

Where are you off to next?

London and Berlin

 

My name is Gabriella, I am 25 years old and originally from Budapest. At the moment I live in Copenhagen. I’m interested in films, books and in travel from a very young age. I inherited this passion from my grandmother, who never really had the opportunity to travel abroad. Unfortunately  she spent most of her life in a communist country. She always encouraged me to have an education and to travel as much as I can. I remember how fascinated I was by her colorful travel books about different countries. She had plenty of them, and I decided that I’ll visit all of them someday. For a long time I wanted to be a writer or a journalist. But when I was 18, I felt drawn to tourism, because I like to socialize and meet new people. From that time on I always worked in the hospitality business.


I’m a Tourism master student at the Aalborg University Copenhagen, and Amberlair was my topic for my Semester Project in 2016. Recently I launched a small travel startup Goose Lifestyle that aims to create quality content about our own trips. I am happy to connect with you on Facebook or Instagram.

#BoHoLover: Meet Melvin of Travel Dudes @TravelDudes

We have asked Melvin Böcher, the founder of TravelDudes.org to share his thoughts with us about his love for travel and hotels, and Amberlair, of course. And before you ask, a #BohoLover is a Boutique Hotel lover… just like us!

 

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

Usually I do my research online. Then I see if there are any recommendations, which could be on blogs, review sites and booking platforms. Depending on the trip and destination, I look for different criterias. If it’s a city trip, I try to stay central or in a cool district with a good connection to public transport. I usually don’t read the reviews, but see that there are enough and the rating is in general OK. Then I’ll check the images and also check the location on the map. That way I get a good overall impression.

 

 

If you had to choose 3, which were the most special (boutique) hotels you have ever stayed at and what made them so special?

Oh… that is a very tough question. I have stayed in quite a few very nice hotels already. Two which stood out were both on Mauritius, the Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel and the 20 Degrees Sud. The third one was the Tintswalo Atlantic in Hout Bay, Cape Town.

 

Paradise Cove, Mauritius. Photo by hotel.

 

Mauritius itself is an amazing destination. The color of the water is stunning and the green mountains gives it that very special extra touch. 20 Degrees Sud was relatively small and had a very homely and cozy touch. You see that the owner put a lot of love into this place. Paradise Cove had a perfect location, with its own little bay and a wonderful infinity pool.

 

Paradise Cove, Mauritius. Photo by hotel.

 

The Tintswalo Atlantic Hotel is a cozy and small boutique hotel and hundreds of tourists pass it every day, though without noticing it. And the good thing is, you as a hotel guest won’t notice the tourists either.
The hotel lies directly at the Chapmans Peak Drive in Cape Town, but at the bottom at the sea and not next to the road itself. There are only 11 rooms and you have to park your car at the top. A transfer then takes you down.

The rooms face all towards the Hout Bay, perfect sunset spot, and the place is very hard to spot, even if you know where it is, as it fits nicely into the countryside. The place is a dream. The rooms a luxurious and provide a warm and cozy atmosphere and each one is different designed. The food is really good and you can get here for sure one of the best meals in Cape Town. The staff is also top and are always around, ready to help, but without being really present.

The Tintswalo Atlantic is place is where I want to stay again, no matter if it’s on a city trip to Cape Town or at the end of a Garden Route road trip.

 

 

If you had your own boutique hotel, what 3 things would you make sure existed?

  • First of all free and super fast WiFi. hahaha I’m really surprised in a negative way that there are still accommodations who don’t provide that. It’s like hot water nowadays and simply a must, unless you run a www detox hotel, which can also be nice.
  • Then it’s important that guests feel really comfortable and homely. The design and decoration plays an important role here, but especially the staff. I like to have staff which is not just there to serve, but also to have discussions with and that they are natural and themselves, so that it does not feel like a hotel – guest relationship and more of host – guest.
  • Then my rooms would have a good stereo device, which works with all different devices. I hate if you see a good looking stereo and you try to connect it with your phone, but it’s the wrong plugs. That’s a no-go and I wonder how hotels can do that part so wrong. And then my guests would always have a free bottle of water on the room. It’s really not that costly to provide that and can easily be included in the room rate.

 

 

 

Name 3 things you loved in hotels you stayed in before…

  1. If a hotel provides you with a tablet or PC and good internet connection in the room, that’s already special.
  2. Big showers with some good water pressure is nice to have.
  3. But what really rocks is, if you find out that the hotel really cares about the environment and have its own solar panels, recycles, supports the local community, has its own organic garden etc. That’s when a hotel really wins me.

 

 

Name 3 things you wouldn’t want to experience in a hotel ever again.

To arrive and realize that it’s simply a terrible and dirty place with unfriendly staff and nowhere else to go that night. Luckily that didn’t happen often.

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

It’s ambitious, special and really cool! Absolutely love it, as it’s not the usual hotel business. The spot and property seems to be well chosen and the plans look very exciting and the way to achieve those are unique. It will be very interesting to see them develop and especially to see the final result.

 

 

 

Where are you off to next?

I’m heading to South Africa. It’s a destination I’ve been to now a couple of times and I simply can’t get enough of. The people I’ve met were so nice and the landscapes are stunning. So this time we’ll rent a car in Joburg, head to the Drakensberg, drive to the Indian Ocean and from there all the way to the Atlantic (Cape Town). Along we’ll have several stops to enjoy nature, explore the region and meet the locals.

 

Melvin Böcher is the founder and CEO of TravelDudes.org, the first Social Travel platform. He loves to travel, to discover the world, to travel free & untroubled & still be informed like an insider! In addition he is also the founder of onlineROIcalculator, the COO of iambassador and the creater of an award winning marketing campaign Blog Ville.

Connect with Melvn of Travel Dudes on  Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

#BoHoLover: Meet Christina of My View from the @MiddleSeatView

We have asked Christina Saull of My View from the Middle Seatto share her thoughts with us about her love for hotels, and Amberlair, of course. And before you ask, a #BohoLover is a Boutique Hotel lover… just like us!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Christina of My View from the @MiddleSeatView

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

Usually on location – I figure out where I want to be and then start researching boutique hotels in the neighborhood. Less often, I’ll hear about a great hotel and choose the hotel first, then figure out how the location fits into my trip.

 

 

If you had to choose 3, which were the most special (boutique) hotels you have ever stayed at and what made them so special?

It’s so hard just to pick 3 because I am a true hotel nerd! If I must:

Inn at the Market in Seattle, Washington
My husband and I visited for our anniversary a few years ago and everything was perfection. The service was outstanding, the room comfortable and stylish and the views from their rooftop deck are stunning. Couple all this with their location which is literally in Pike Place Market, and you have a very special property.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Christina of My View from the @MiddleSeatView

Inn at the market in Seattle. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Christina of My View from the @MiddleSeatView

Inn at the market in Seattle. Photo by hotel.

 

Library Hotel in New York City
I am a sucker for books and amenities and this hotel does both extremely well. Rooms are categorized by the Dewey decimal system and while they’re on the smaller size, they’re well appointed. The second floor reading room (with 24/7 complimentary snacks, books, breakfast and a wine happy hour) and rooftop bar make this my favorite hotel in Manhattan. If I’m in town and not staying there, sometimes I’ll just stop in to have a drink

 

Adare Manor in Adare, Ireland
This manor house turned boutique hotel is a very special property. You just feel like royalty staying there! The staff was great and the dining room is superb. An added bonus is their location just outside of town – close enough to walk, but far enough to feel secluded. They’re undergoing a major renovation currently, but will reopen in 2017 and I can’t wait to visit again.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Christina of My View from the @MiddleSeatView

Adare Manor in Ireland.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Christina of My View from the @MiddleSeatView

Adare Manor in Ireland. Photo by hotel.

 

 

If you had your own boutique hotel, what 3 things would you make sure existed?

  • Gourmet in-room coffee: I hate having to put on clothes to go downstairs for coffee or (even worse) have to leave the hotel for a decent cup.
  • A lending library: I love picking up (and leaving behind) random books when I travel.
  • A great concierge: some of my best recommendations have come from great concierge around the world – a hidden jazz club, an impossible restaurant reservation, an awesome food truck.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Christina of My View from the @MiddleSeatView

 

 

Name 3 things you loved in hotels you stayed in before…

  1. Complimentary wifi. This should be a no-brainer this day in age.
  2. Complimentary bottled water. Or even better: do what Kimpton does and let me raid the mini bar! That way I can get bottle water (sensible) and Pringles (indulgent) at 4am.
  3. Top notch customer service. No request is too crazy and guests are addressed by name. I feel so special when this happens.

 

 

Name 3 things you wouldn’t want to experience in a hotel ever again.

  1. Why can’t hotels make their doors close quietly? Quit slamming doors, people!
  2. No in-room coffee. As I mentioned above, this is a real drag, especially when in traveling solo.
  3. Surprise fees at check-out. $25 resort fee? Parking is $40? Just be upfront about it.

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

I love it! All the good things about a hotel and none of the bad.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Christina of My View from the @MiddleSeatView

 

 

Where are you off to next?

2016 was an amazing year of travel: a relaxing Caribbean cruise (we’ve knocked off almost all the islands!), a bucket list trip to Iceland (yes, it’s as wonderful as everyone says) and ending the year with a Viking River Cruise to visit Europe’s Christmas Markets. In 2017, my husband and I celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary, so we’re trying to decide what big trip to go on – maybe Hawaii? Maybe Italy? Maybe a safari? Jury is still out on that one. In the meantime, I’ll be spending my birthday in March plane spotting in Sint Maarten.

 

Christina Saull is a Washington, DC-based PR professional by day, award winning travel blogger by night. She knows the limitations that a job and mortgage put on wanderlust because she and her husband work 50+ hours a week in traditional careers & own a 75 year old house that needs constant love.

Christina’s goal on My View from the Middle Seat is to help others in the same boat to use their two or three weeks vacation – & a few well planned long weekends – to see the world. You can find her across social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

#BoHoLover: Meet Daniela of Genuss Touren @GenussTouren

We have asked Daniela Köster, the founder of Genuss Tourento share her thoughts with us about her love for hotels, and Amberlair, of course. And before you ask, a #BohoLover is a Boutique Hotel lover… just like us!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Daniela of Genuss Touren @GenussTouren

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

Word of mouth – recommendations from friends, family and from my partners in the tourism industry.

 

 

If you had to choose 3, which were the most special (boutique) hotels you have ever stayed at and what made them so special?

Settler’s Drift in South Africa. Strictly speaking not a boutique hotel but a boutique tented camp. It is like the “best of” various luxury camps I have stayed in before. Perfect location with unbeatable views over a valley. Huge suites with the most beautiful bathroom ever and various decks and lounges, where you can sit and soak up the scenery. The Rushmere family with their long standing experience in the industry have listened to the needs of their guests – this has paid off so well.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Daniela of Genuss Touren @GenussTouren

Settlers Drift. Photo by Daniela of Genuss Touren.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Daniela of Genuss Touren @GenussTouren

Settlers Drift. Photo by Daniela of Genuss Touren.

 

Riva – das Hotel am Bodensee, Lake Constance/ Germany. An art nouveau villa transformed into a designer boutique hotels. From the spectacular architecture to the arrangements of flowers, you feel the owners’ meticulous attention to detail.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Daniela of Genuss Touren @GenussTouren

Riva Hotel at Bodensee in Germany. Photo by hotel.

 

Hotel Louis C. Jacob in Hamburg, Germany. The people. Genuinely friendly, authentic and service orientated staff. The sense of place and history. Sitting on the same terrace that Max Liebermann painted more than 100 years ago. And not to mention the delicious Michelin star awarded cuisine.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Daniela of Genuss Touren @GenussTouren

Louis C. Jacob Hotel in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by hotel.

 

If you had your own boutique hotel, what 3 things would you make sure existed?

  • Personalized welcome notes with some delicacies from the bakery like at Schloss Elmau
  • Members of staff that sense whether their guests want to be pampered – or just want to be left alone
  • Uniqueness

 

 

Name 3 things you loved in hotels you stayed in before…

  1. Elegant, chic and comfortable lobbies or lounges that invite you to linger. Loved the one at Fürstenhof in Celle, Germany.
  2. Roof top bars like the Blue Spa Bar, Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany. Especially during full moon nights a magical place.
  3. Baths with a view. I was stunned by the one at Grootbos in South Africa.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Daniela of Genuss Touren @GenussTouren

 

 

Name 3 things you wouldn’t want to experience in a hotel ever again.

  1. Unfriendly stuff. You might ignore some minor faults, if the people working there are charming
  2. Lack of a decent amount of vegetarian options on the menu
  3. Overpriced services (transfers, minibar)

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

I just love the idea – the concept of involving guests right from the start. Hotels should be all about the wishes and needs of their customers.

 

 

Where are you off to next?

To Kenya – attending the Magical Kenya Travel Expo and checking out some new properties.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Daniela of Genuss Touren @GenussTouren

 

Daniela Köster founded the tour operator Genuss Touren in 2014 after various jobs in the tourism sector, flight attendant, product manager and CEO of a tour operator.

Her company is specialized in tailor made journeys to Africa, the Indian Ocean and hand picked countries in Europe and won the award “Best Concept”.

You can also follow her travels on her blog, Facebook and on Twitter.

#BoHoLover: Meet Susan of Best Bits Worldwide @BestBitsWorld

We have asked Susan Schwartz of Best Bits Worldwideto share her thoughts with us about her love for hotels, and Amberlair, of course. And before you ask, a #BohoLover is a Boutique Hotel lover… just like us!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Susan of Best Bits Worldwide @BestBitsWorld

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

As a luxury travel journalist & blogger, I am usually the guest of some pretty gorgeous luxury properties, so the work is done for me.

Still, I love being surprised by the ones I discover myself. When I am planning my own holidays, I do a lot of research, both online and off.

I check Tripadvisor, but only the terrible reviews. If the clients complain about booking issues, I disregard them as that could happen anywhere; if they complain about dirt and bedbugs, then I know to avoid!

Most importantly in my decision making is getting opinions from those I respect. I turn to social media and ask my followers and other bloggers, I speak to friends who are magazines editors and in public relations. I think the best suggestions are from those I know and who know me!

 

 

If you had to choose 3, which were the most special (boutique) hotels you have ever stayed at and what made them so special?

So hard to pin it down to just three, so I put my top four, in no particular order as they are all divine!

True Blue Bay, Grenada
Mala Mala in South Africa
Villa Des Orangers in Marrakech, Morocco
Inle Princess – Inle Lake in Myanmar / Burma

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Susan of Best Bits Worldwide @BestBitsWorld

Mala Mala Game reserve in South Africa. Photo by hotel.

 

Although each of my choices is in a different part of the world, they are all perfect examples of their specific destination. What I mean by that is, they all perfectly reflect their own city or country – the design & style, the food, everything.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Susan of Best Bits Worldwide @BestBitsWorld

Villa des Oranges in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

 

In my opinion, the definition of luxury is experiencing something somewhere that you can only truly experience in the place you are visiting. This is true of all of the four. It goes without saying that the only thing similar to all is their first-class service.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Susan of Best Bits Worldwide @BestBitsWorld

Inle Princess Lake Resort in Myanmar / Burma. Cottage with chimney.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Susan of Best Bits Worldwide @BestBitsWorld

Inle Princess Lake Resort in Myanmar / Burma. Photo by hotel.

 

 

If you had your own boutique hotel, what 3 things would you make sure existed?

  • In the room: down pillows, extra-large towels, strong hairdryers
  • Free and strong WIFI
  • A gorgeous breakfast – very few hotels do it right, here are some that do: La Bouitte, France; Capri Palace Hotel, Italy; Il Pellicano, Italy

 

 

Name 3 things you loved in hotels you stayed in before…

  1. The best ever! Soho House New York – in-room cocktail making service while you getting ready to go out for the evening.
  2. Palazzo Margherita, Bernalda – pasta making class included & full size Santa Maria Novella products for us to take home.
  3. The spa at the Hotel Klösterbräu, Seefeld – never been anywhere like it, about 10 choices of saunas alone!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Susan of Best Bits Worldwide @BestBitsWorld

 

 

Name 3 things you wouldn’t want to experience in a hotel ever again.

  1. Paying for WIFI
  2. No one at reception to answer my call – there should be someone there at all time
  3. A hair dryer attached to a wall in a five star Stockholm hotel! Some of us have long hair that needs to be dried and it’s cold out there!

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

I love the ambition and drive to get it right from the beginning. By asking guests what they want first, you are already guaranteeing success. Every success is founded on great relationships and that’s what you’re focusing in from the beginning, it makes fantastic business sense. I cannot wait to be a guest in your first venture in Italy.

 

 

Where are you off to next?

The rest of the summer in one of my fav places in the world: Bucks County, PA, USA; then off to Middle East for the first time Doha, Qatar; the Verdi Festival in Parma; and Paphos, Cyprus for a wedding celebration. A busy Autumn!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Susan of Best Bits Worldwide @BestBitsWorld

 

An American living in London, Susan L. Schwartz writes the award-winning luxury travel blog, Best Bits Worldwide, her luxury travel blog for those who savor the authentic but love the luxurious.  

Her work has been seen in the Mail on Sunday, Condé Nast Traveler, Grazia, Vanity Fair Italia and other publications online and off, as well as being a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers.

When she saw Venice for the first time, she knew right then that her stay-at-home days were over. With a well-worn copy of Freya Stark’s autobiography in her back pocket, she has set out to explore the world around her one luxurious bit at a time

This year, she launched the podcast, Best Sips Worldwide, interviewing those working in the spirits industry – bartenders, distillers, brand ambassadors and anyone who makes anything you put in a drinking glass.

You can also follow her travels on her blog, FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

#BoHoLover: Meet Mitzi of Jaunt @Mitzi_Reaugh

We have asked Mitzi, the CEO and President of Jaunt to share her thoughts with us about her love for hotels, and Amberlair, of course. And before you ask, a #BohoLover is a Boutique Hotel lover… just like us!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Mitzi of GoodLooks @Mitzi_Reaugh

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

My first goal is to think what I want out of the vacation… reading by the beach? Enjoying the city?  Hiking / adventure? Then I focus on the right location. Once I’ve narrowed down the location, I focus on the trip advisor reviews and specifically on the traveler photos. I think you get such a better sense of the hotel and quality by the traveler photos.

 

 

If you had to choose 3, which were the most special (boutique) hotels you have ever stayed at and what made them so special?

Four Seasons Hualalai – Remote, beautiful beaches. Lots of opportunity to connect with nature, take on an adventure or just relax. Stunningly beautiful!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Mitzi of GoodLooks @Mitzi_Reaugh

Four Seasons Hualalai in Hawai. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Mitzi of GoodLooks @Mitzi_Reaugh

Four Seasons Hualalai in Hawai. Photo by hotel.

 

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong – Situated on prime waterfront.  Great food. Wonderful pool. Walkable to any of the cities locations.  A great city hotel

A remote island hotel in Thailand – I don’t remember the name but it was a beach bungalow hotel.  The only place to stay on the island. No electricity after 8pm and only one phone on the island.  Remote and peaceful.

 

 

If you had your own boutique hotel, what 3 things would you make sure existed?

  • Continental breakfast – a great way to start the day
  • A comfortable lobby – to read, grab a drink, or just relax and meet others
  • I would love a concierge that can give advice on the ‘local’ places to eat and shop. I always like to get to know where I’m visiting

 

 

Name 3 things you loved in hotels you stayed in before…

  1. Staff that anticipates your needs and helps make it an easy / comfortable stay
  2. Great food – especially appetizers around 4 in the afternoon. You come back from a day out and need to relax / eat something before prepping for dinner

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Mitzi of GoodLooks @Mitzi_Reaugh

 

 

Name 3 things you wouldn’t want to experience in a hotel ever again.

  1. Rude staff!
  2. Dirty sheets – eek!
  3. Thin walls

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

It’s a cool idea. I’m not clear however what the crowdsourcing will do for the hotel? Input on design? Services? Etc?

 

 

Where are you off to next?

Spain – I’ve never been there before so I’m currently in the exploration stage!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Mitzi of GoodLooks @Mitzi_Reaugh

 

Mitzi Reaugh is the CEO and President of Jaunt, the leading XR solutions provider.

Prior to Jaunt, Mitzi was Founder and CEO of GoodLooks, an online marketplace of lifestyle experts.

Mitzi has spent her career working with leading digital media brands, such as NBC Universal, Hulu, Miramax and The Chernin Group. She enjoys travelling the world and is trying to be more adventurous in her eating!

You can follow Mitzi on Twitter or Instagram.

#BoHoLover: Meet Alessandra of We are local Nomads @WeRLocalNomads

We have asked Alessandra Speri of We are local Nomads to share her thoughts with us about her love for hotels, and Amberlair, of course. And before you ask, a #BohoLover is a Boutique Hotel lover… just like us!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Alessandra of Like a Local 101 @mi_likealocal

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

When I travel I am very price sensitive, but I would never ever renounce to treat myself at least once when it comes to hotels. What is essential to me, especially in western countries is that the accommodation must be located in lively area where you can hang out with locals at night. I make some research online, browsing blogs. Then check out booking.com in every corner to find out the most intriguing hotel or hostel that I can afford. Just then, I finally book.

 

 

If you had to choose 3, which were the most special (boutique) hotels you have ever stayed at and what made them so special?

Piece Hostel in Japan is not literally a hotel but it represents perfectly the price/quality ratio and personality level that I would love to find in every single place I book a room when I am on holiday. Minimal but cutting edge, clean but lively and rich of services that are very useful for any traveler.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Alessandra of Like a Local 101 @mi_likealocal

Piece Hostel in japan. Photo by hotel.

 

In Japan I had the occasion to sleep in a Temple near Nara and ate kaiseki kitchen cooked by the monks, that was amazing. In Iran I had the opportunity to sleep in Zein-o-Din caravanserai in the middle of the desert, that was a very charming experience!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Alessandra of Like a Local 101 @mi_likealocal

Zein-O-Din in Iran. Photo by Geo Reisecommunity.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Alessandra of Like a Local 101 @mi_likealocal

Zein-O-Din in Iran. Photo by Geo Reisecommunity.

 

 

If you had your own boutique hotel, what 3 things would you make sure existed?

  • A free, tasty and healthy breakfast
  • A properly working and safe WiFi service
  • Something surprising that no one would expect to find for free in a hotel (such as super-premium toiletries, a free bottle of local wine/treat in every room or simply an automatic room upgrade if a better room is available at the moment of arrival of the guest).

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Alessandra of Like a Local 101 @mi_likealocal

 

 

Name 3 things you loved in hotels you stayed in before…

  1. Premium toiletries at Hotel MyStays Kanazawa
  2. The royal breakfast I had in a hotel placed inside the detached barn area of a castle in Normandy. Breakfast is always a very important factor in the level of happiness I reach after a stay in a hotel.
  3. The amazing design kitchen of Piece Hostel in Kyoto, where you could cook or just relax on the design sofas overlooking the tiny japanese style garden.

In general, I am very happy when a hot tub/pool is provided!

 

 

Name 3 things you wouldn’t want to experience in a hotel ever again.

Dirty rooms or common areas are not acceptable in hostels, let along in boutique hotels. Sometimes luggage rooms are a service you have to pay: well, that’s a big issue for me, at least as big as employees that speaks a poor english or are not able to give interesting suggestions to guest when it comes to shopping and eating local.

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

I am in love with the project itself, and also the fact that the community chose Italy. This way it will be very easy to be your guest as soon as you open the boutique hotel. Keep us updated guys!

 

 

Where are you off to next?

My list is long, but I plan to visit St. Petersburg soon, Sicily, the Philippines, Bordeaux, India and the West Coast Parks in the USA.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Alessandra of Like a Local 101 @mi_likealocal

 

 

Hi, my name is Alessandra and I am from Italy. Above all, I love three things: reading books, constantly traveling (in Italy and abroad) and sharing!

Alessandra Speri works as digital media strategist and PR agent, she blogs on Wer are local Nomads about her travels and shares tips about Milano, the town where she is based.

Her big dream is to open a boutique hostel that combines all the things that she loves in one cosy and welcoming place for travelers and locals. Not just a place to sleep for tourists, but an actual hub where they can eat healthy and tasty local foods, organize their trip, work or meet locals attending cultural events organized also inside the boutique hostel. The ideal location for her hostel would be her fascinating hometown: Verona.

You can follow Alessandra on Twitter and Instagram.

#BoHoLover: Meet Kara Franker of Kara On The Coast @KaraFranker

We have asked Kara Franker, beach-obsessed blogger at Kara On The Coast and editor-in-chief of Modern Luxuryto share her thoughts with us about her love for hotels, and Amberlair, of course. And before you ask, a #BohoLover is a Boutique Hotel lover… just like us!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Kara Franker of Kara On The Coast @KaraFranker

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

Location and style. I want to be within walking distance to the best hotspots in the area and I want the property to exude a distinct sense of style that makes it stand out from the rest. That could be artsy, luxurious, beachy, chic or some combo!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Kara Franker of Kara On The Coast @KaraFranker

 

 

If you had to choose 3, which were the most special (boutique) hotels you have ever stayed at and what made them so special?

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is by far the most amazing property I’ve ever stayed at. It’s on a private island in the Florida Keys that’s only accessible by yacht or seaplane.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Kara Franker of Kara On The Coast @KaraFranker

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in Key West. Photo by hotel.

 

Convento do Espinheiro, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa in Evora Portugal blew me away because of the history, charm and architecture.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Kara Franker of Kara On The Coast @KaraFranker

Convento do Espinheiro in Portugal. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Kara Franker of Kara On The Coast @KaraFranker

Convento do Espinheiro in Portugal. Photo by hotel.

 

Eau in Palm Beach is an exceptional stunner because the spa is like a wonderland for the all senses.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Kara Franker of Kara On The Coast @KaraFranker

Eau in Palm Beach in Florida. Photo by hotel.

 

 

If you had your own boutique hotel, what 3 things would you make sure existed?

  • A welcome glass of Champagne for every guest.
  • Spectacular views from every room.
  • Club lounge style access with multiple food presentations.

 

 

Name 3 things you loved in hotels you stayed in before…

  1. I’m obsessed with club lounge food presentations at all The Ritz-Carlton properties (that’s worth mentioning again! Lol).
  2. At the Naples Bay Resort, they gave me access to my own boat for every night of my stay…amazing.
  3. The romantic details the at the Henderson Park Inn in Destin, Florida comes to mind. They bring you a bottle of wine upon arrival, fix the most amazing brunch spread each morning, there are no children on the property (perfect for couples) and the beach views are second to none.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Kara Franker of Kara On The Coast @KaraFranker

 

 

Name 3 things you wouldn’t want to experience in a hotel ever again.

  1. One time a window washer showed up unannounced on my balcony right after I stepped out of the shower. Not good.
  2. It baffles me when I show up to a luxury hotel and the service is sub par. It still happens though.
  3. I think it’s ridiculous when upscale hotels nickel and dime you for every little thing like beach chairs and umbrellas, bicycle rentals, etc.

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

I love it! I think it’s a brilliant idea.

 

 

Where are you off to next?

Four Seasons Resort Nevis for their 10th Annual Sea Turtle Weekend. I’m very excited!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Kara Franker of Kara On The Coast @KaraFranker

 

Kara Franker is a Miami-based, beach-obsessed blogger at Kara On The Coast, editor-in-chief of a bridal magazine and a recovering lawyer who ditched the courtroom to be a writer.

You can find Kara Franker tweeting and posting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.