#BoHoLover: Meet Carolina Ramirez @LaCarolinda

We have asked Carolina Ramirez, founder of CRH collective , 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 Carolina Ramirez @LaCarolinda

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

I live for word of mouth, no matter how many times you google or tripadvisor a city, I always lean towards recommendations from friends of friends. Additionally, I’m a huge fan of AHotelLife.com and usually turn to them for reviews/inspiration as well.

 

 

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

La Mammounia in Marrakech

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Carolina Ramirez @LaCarolinda

La Mammounia in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Carolina Ramirez @LaCarolinda

La Mammounia in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

 

Papaya Playa Project in Tulum

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Carolina Ramirez @LaCarolinda

Papaya Playa Project in Tulum. Photo by hotel.

 

Miss Clara in Stockholm

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Carolina Ramirez @LaCarolinda

Miss Klara in Stockholm. Photo by hotel.

 

While each VERY different, they all go that extra mile in making you not only feel welcome but like a local, the anti-toursit. La Mammounia makes you feel like royalty the second you step in, Papaya Playa Project’s huts on the beach make it possible to live that gypset lifestyle if only for a weekend and Miss Clara is located in the center of Stockholm with unbeatable Scandinavian design.

 

 

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

  • Signature scent, it’s one of those things that has the ability to transport you to an exact memory
  • Regular sized toiletries, there is never enough conditioner for this latin mane
  • Cultured in-destination programming – nobody wants to be a tourist anymore, any hotel that invites locals in is doing it right

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Carolina Ramirez @LaCarolinda

 

 

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

  1. Signature scent – The Peninsula in Paris and the 1 Hotel Miami have both nailed it in my book
  2. Soho House programming
  3. The Edition Miami Le Labo toiletries took them ALL home!

 

 

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

  1. Sounds petty but paying for wifi? Its 2016..
  2. Bad room service, no one should ever be forced to have an overpriced club sandwich again
  3. Overpriced mini bar- who needs such tiny bottles of booze anyways?!

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

Sounds amazing and can’t wait to see the end result, as hospitality is always changing I think this is definitely a concept that’s going to shake things up !

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Carolina Ramirez @LaCarolinda

 

 

Where are you off to next?

Holbox, MX for whale shark diving, bucket list trips are always exciting.

 

Like a double shot of espresso – or cortadito – Carolina’s energy is unmistakeable. Never one to turn down the opportunity to hop on a plane, attend a last-minute black tie gala or whip up a dinner party for 20; this global nomad has mastered the art of collecting memories not things. With a passion for travel, design, food and all things jet-set, Carolina loves sharing all of her fab-finds: think spicy cocktails, late-night dining, secret gems, and so much more.

You can find Carolina Ramirez on Twitter and Instagram.

#BoHoLover: Meet Polina Steier of Caviar Affair @CaviarAffairmag

We have asked Polina Steier of Caviar Affair 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 Polina Steier of Caviar Affair @CaviarAffairmag

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

Our bespoke luxury traveler readers rely on my colleagues and myself to inspire them with exceptional and extraordinary properties around the world, exceptional experiences and itineraries. I seek out hotels that our readers would love to stay in and return to. The hotels I seek  must have a personal approach to excellent, not stuffy, and discreet service. They must have a strong sense of place with strong ( non-cookie cutter)  design that evokes a sense of place. Fast, free WiFi is always a plus. Free, well curated minibar items. Must have a boutique intimate feel, even if it’s a large grand property. Must have insiders VIP access to hard-to-get into places and connection to bespoke local experiences. The bedding absolutely must be high quality with fine hand feel sheeting and duvets (mattresses could be luxury and locally crafted – like a great horsehair mattress). Towels as well – Oversized thirsty plush towels. I like a “modern cocooning” type of hotel that offers the highest levels of creature comforts after a day of adventurous “roughing it” exploration. I love to swim, so a pool or nearby access to a pool is always a plus.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Polina Steier of Caviar Affair @CaviarAffairmag

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

I can’t choose  just three —

Royal Mansour in  Marrakech – The King of Morocco treats his guests  lavishly at his townhouse-suites.
I love the intricate local artwork throughout the villas and the amazing food at the restaurants. Your personal butler also offesr a delicious  tea  that you can enjoy from your rooftop sunken Jacuzzi overlooking the Marakkech skyline while the haunting call to prayer is heard throughout the city. Lavish breakfast is served in your private  courtyard fountained garden.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Polina Steier of Caviar Affair @CaviarAffairmag

Royal Mansour in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Polina Steier of Caviar Affair @CaviarAffairmag

Royal Mansour in Marrakech. Photo by hotel.

Townhouse Galleria in Milano for their outstanding high level of service and their embrace of modern design without touching the centuries old façade and special interiors.

Laucala in Fiji for the warm full staff musical singing welcome when your private plane touches down, and for their marvelous attention to service such as squeezing freshly picked mangoes and papaya  for your morning  juice and fishing at your whim  for your fresh sashimi. The lavish delicious breakfasts under a thatch roof on your private villas beach is dreamy. I love the electric jeep they give you to tool around the private island.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Polina Steier of Caviar Affair @CaviarAffairmag

Laucala on Fiji islands. Photo by hotel.

Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Los Cabos – For their freshly garden foraged salads, just-caught seafood, and freshly squeezed margaritas. The villas are incredible and the “director of romance” helped me plan a surprise for my husband with a wonderful special “only at Paraiso” experience. I love how this resort lights up with flickering candles at night.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Polina Steier of Caviar Affair @CaviarAffairmag

Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Los Cabos. Photo by hotel.

Minaret Station in New Zealand – For their elegant romantic tented suites in the New Zealand alps –  and helicopter only access.

The Efendi in Akko, Israel – for the gorgeous design and incredible rooftop views of the sea, souks and mosques.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about one other all time favorite hotel –

The Singita Grumeti in the Serengeti.  For it’s cocooning luxury tents and cabins  and a birds eye view of the great migration from your back porch. Imagine thousands of wildebeest passing right by your tent in the morning  as you sip warm tea, mesmerized.  The cashmere clad hot water bottles they provide in your bed after dinner is also a wonderful touch.

Each perfectly evokes what I seek in a hotel.  The common golden thread in all the hotels chosen above is their unique  experiences available only at or through the properties, their exceptional intuitive attention to details and your needs/desires and their outstanding sense of place.  And, of course, great food!

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

  • Welcoming, warm, unobtrusive service with a fine eye towards detail and the needs of guests
  • Exceptional in suite amenities  such as free, fast wifi, locally sourced bath products, sumptuous sheets, duvets and pillows and terrific curated (free) minibar items
  • Offering unique bespoke one-of-a kind culinary/spa/area exploration experiences found only through or at the hotel

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Polina Steier of Caviar Affair @CaviarAffairmag

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

  1. At Laucala in Fiji  – I loved my birthday  private champagne filled yacht ride around the gorgeous island of Laucala followed by a private fireside chefs sumptuous  bbq  (complete with amazing personal cake) and  local musicians  To cap of the evening – a petal strewn bath awaited in my villas hand carved Indonesian wood tub.
  2. At Townhouse Galleria  in Milano, I loved my personal butler’s attention to detail from what I wanted in the types of bed sheeting, to the exact temperature of the drawn bath, to the personal chef prepared midnight snacks (caviar topped roasted potatoes, of course!) . I also loved my butler -led private insiders tour of La Scala.
  3. At the Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, I loved waking up in the early morning to two long purple tongued giraffes poking into  our second story  window,  and feeding them from a treat filled bucket in the suite.
  4. At the Peninsula Hong Kong, I loved seeing the mesmerizing junks float by below  our suite  and swimming in their gorgeous pool. Their high tea is amazing, too.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Polina Steier of Caviar Affair @CaviarAffairmag

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

Unclean.  Flimsy threadbare sheeting. Minibar charges.

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

This is a novel concept that will be warmly embraced. To create boutique hotels and exceptional experiences stemming from the feedback, advice and input of like-minded ultra-luxury travelers would be outstanding. I am looking forward to seeing (and experiencing)  Amberlair’s debut.

Where are you off to next?

Finland to enjoy the Northern Lights from incredible  ice igloos,  and Tatarstan to stay at my uncles dacha with family.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Polina Steier of Caviar Affair @CaviarAffairmag

Polina Steier founded Caviar Affair magazine as its Editor in Chief in 2005 to inspire a like minded community of  voyagers  seeking unique luxury,  bespoke,  highly personalized travel and culinary  experiences and extraordinary hotels  worldwide.  She oversees the award-winning editorial and design staff and freelance journalists  of the magazine’s  print and digital editions.
Caviar Affair  magazine inspires its readers to create their own memorable journeys and discover and rediscover the world through food, wine and wonderful hotels with a sense of place.

Polina lives with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.

#BoHoLover: Meet Chin We of Abstract Friday @chinw_e

We have asked Chin We of Uwanga 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 Chin We of Abstract Friday @abstractfriday

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

First of all, I do a Google search of the property, check TripAdvisor, do a Twitter search and read reviews of the hotel on travel blogs. I have certain travel bloggers and writers whose opinions I trust.  I look for great food, luxury and great service. Also location is a major factor in my decision making process, I try to find somewhere conveniently located to driving or transport links.

 

 

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 most special hotels I have stayed at are The Four Seasons hotel Florence, The Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin and The Crowne Plaza The City London.

They are really nice hotels, the locations were perfect,  the deco and rooms was lovely and elegant. Staff were friendly, and the warmth they conveyed as if you are part of the family.  The concierge at these hotels were very informative. Not forgetting, breakfast was a grand affair in these hotels, so many options to choose from.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Chin We of Abstract Friday @abstractfriday

 

My number 1 hotel has to be The Four Seasons Hotel, Italy. I had a pleasant stay at Four Seasons Hotel in Florence. What a wonderful hotel! A perfect and exquisite hotel. Top class services, excellent food and beautiful rooms.The building is beautiful and truly reflects the Renaissance feel of the city. The Hotel captures the culture, the atmosphere, the people and food of the city of Florence. Very elegant, historical and luxury environment and I do recommend this hotel to lovers of art and interior design and to anyone looking for luxury. Everything was perfect. Will definitely go back again!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Chin We of Abstract Friday @abstractfriday

 

 

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

I would make sure the location of the hotel is great either located to historical attractions or accessible to public transport i.e close to train station ( one of each).  Also the deco of the hotel must be stylish and elegant. Lastly, great customer service by my staff.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Chin We of Abstract Friday @abstractfriday

 

 

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

  1. It has to be the location of the hotels. Location, location matters!
  2. The ambience, deco and the food was very good.
  3. The friendly staff and exceptional customer service was great too. Not forgetting, the hotels were perfect for families with young children.

 

 

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

  1. No free bottled water in the room. I think this should be standard in all hotels.
  2. Secondly, paying for WiFi !!! and
  3. Lastly not so great choice of food at breakfast.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Chin We of Abstract Friday @abstractfriday

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

Love Love the concept. Oh wow! Interesting . .
I love the idea that Amberlair are engaging with so many people to create this product. This will be a huge success. I can’t wait!

 

 

Where are you off to next?

I am off to Milan, Italy and I can’t wait. The last time I was in Milan was 2 years ago.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Chin We of Abstract Friday @abstractfriday

 

 

My name is Chin We, a lifestyle and travel blogger at Uwanga  and an Inspired Interior Stylist.

Abstract Friday is a blog with a slice of pop culture in the form of Art. Fashion. Food. Culture. Travel. Luxury. Lifestyle and everything in between. This is where I share all things I love. Chinwé Living  is a Fashion, Interior & Lifestyle brand featuring African contemporary and tribal combinations, bold colours and graphic fabrics. All my products are made in Britain.

Me in a nutshell? A Taurean, Love Lights, Music and Jollof Rice. I love travel.

You can find Chin We on Twitter and on Instagram.

#BoHoLover: Meet Fernanda of Try The Sky @TryTheSky

We have asked Fernanda of Try The Sky 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 Fernanda of Try The Sky @TryTheSky

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

Travel Guides, friend recommendations, blogs and social media are my go-to’s when looking for a place to stay. I look for a convenient location like a cool neighborhood if going on city-break or an unique place if going to the countryside/isolated area.

I really look into amenities, pictures and comments and compare price tags before. I am not into 5$ rooms and will not pay 500$ either, so I try to find unique places with cool vibes.

Recently, I’ve found myself looking for accommodation on Instagram, from bloggers I love and on Airbnb. I reach to Instagram because of the visual side: I want to sleep in a nice place ! I will refer to bloggers I can relate to, so I’m sure it’s on my same taste-level. I’ve seen that more and more cool small (boutique) hotels are on Airbnb offering lovely places you wouldn’t find otherwise !

 

 

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

I will always keep an amazed luxurious-oriental-exotic souvenir of the Palais Jamaï in Fez, Morocco where I got to spend a family vacation a few years ago.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Fernanda of Try The Sky @TryTheSky

Palais Jamaï in Fez, Morocco. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Fernanda of Try The Sky @TryTheSky

Palais Jamaï in Fez, Morocco. Photo by hotel.

 

More recently, I loved Be Playa boutique hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, a sophisticated yet cool and relaxed, boho-chic hotel in the beautiful Riviera Maya.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Fernanda of Try The Sky @TryTheSky

Be Playa in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Fernanda of Try The Sky @TryTheSky

Be Playa in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photo by hotel.

 

Last but not least, the boutique hotel Casa Cordoba in Cartagena, Colombia, where honey-mooned with 40 friends. The main house, Casa Estrella, is a stunning colonial mansion in Cartagena where we were treated like royalty. They also have a beautiful private island on the Rosario archipel not far from Cartagena : Casa Baru has a natural pool, private chef and caribbean coziness, all you need to be happy.

 

 

They all made me hope to stay longer or wish to go back and they all gave me the sense of living an unique experience.

All of them are rare or unique properties like a luxurious Palace in the Fez medina, jacuzzi in-room at Be Playa or a 300years-old mansion in Cartagena, they all made me feel I was sleeping in unique places. They also had unique decors and designs with local touches that made them feel authentic: baroque furniture and fresh flowers in Cartagena or boho textiles in Playa del Carmen are details giving that extra thing that makes you smile. We had no problem with service or reservations whatsoever and the staff was super friendly. In Cartagena, the hotel manager kindly booked all the activities we asked her and got us a brand new BBQ the night we wanted to cook ourselves. Service is key to a great hotel experience !

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Fernanda of Try The Sky @TryTheSky

 

 

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

  • A great shower in a beautiful tiled bathroom. To me, bathrooms are the most important part of my hotel room. A great shower can make or break my day and being in a neat and beautiful bathroom is essential. Why are there beautiful hotels with old and bad showers?!
  • Healthy and lean breakfast with natural and local products. I will also make sure to have a short (but good) tea list on the menu for non-coffee drinkers like myself. I still have to struggle with mediocre tea in most hotels and would not let that happen anymore!
  • A great bar or hang-out spot. If possible, a rooftop bar or an open-air space like a terrace or balcony where guests could hang out and have a drink or a cup of coffee tea… and why not meet new people, a place I would actually enjoy being at and not being forced to lock myself in my room.

 

 

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

  1. Quality Bathroom products. Those automatic soap-dispensers need to go to cheap shampoo hell. In Germany I was greeted with Bulgari beauty products: I was one happy guest.
  2. Included amenities and activities like bikes, canoes… I hate being asked extra pennies to get a bottle of water by my bed. In Roatan island, we got a complimentary cell-phone during our stay, in Colombia’s coffee valley we got a bird-watching guide to go on our own : no extra fees!
  3. Restaurant flexibility. There is nothing as frustrating as being hungry and facing a “Closed Kitchen” sign. In Antigua Guatemala they arranged for us a “meal-box” with sandwiches, water and fruit for our 3 A.M wake up call for example.

 

 

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

  1. Artificial orange juice. Seriously?!
  2. Over-packaging, plastic diner-ware, plastic useless bags… I hated my hotel in Costa Rica just because everything was plastic. Please, stop this.
  3. Buffets need to go to hotel nightmares hell along with old and dusty bread for breakfast. Change that buffet for a daily 2 options menu :)

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Fernanda of Try The Sky @TryTheSky

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

It’s so exciting! It looks like a fun concept with a lot of hard-work behind it. I believe every traveler has at some point said “I’d like to have my own hotel” so the Amberlair initiative sounds like a step closer to living that dream. Can’t wait to see this great story unfold !

 

 

Where are you off to next?

Soon to explore Mayan ruins in Belize and Tikal (Guatemala) for an exotic jungle-forest and caribbean beach kind of journey. Then I’ll be off to San Francisco for the first time to explore Death Valley and Sequoia and Yellowstone National Parks on a 15-day road-trip to Las Vegas… before going back home to Paris and Berlin to head for another European summer trip.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Fernanda of Try The Sky @TryTheSky

 

Fernanda of Try The Sky is a travel lover who writes about hotels, restaurants, shopping and unique travel experiences around the globe. Born in Guatemala and raised in a Colombian family, she grew up in Spain before living in Bolivia and Egypt.

She is now living between Paris and Central America as a full-time International Consultant in non-profit, human rights and gender issues… and as a half time traveler around the globe! Fernanda created Try The Sky to connect with other travelers looking for authentic experiences, beyond hostels and upper-luxury, in charming and unique corners of the world.
When Fernanda is not tweeting, she’s sharing travel adventures on Instagram and Facebook in Spanish, French and English.

#BoHoLover: Meet Charlie Osmond of Triptease @triptease

We have asked Charlie Osmond of Triptease, to share his thoughts with us about his love for boutique 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 Charlie Osmond of Triptease @triptease

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

I’m bi-modal. On business I keep it simple. I go for price and proximity with a minimum quality standard (e.g. over 8.7 review score on a closed-loop rating system like booking.com). I tend to favour new hotels as their wifi is often better and even budget hotels can be great when they are new.

When it comes to family travel the process is far more arduous. Often we’ll start with an approximate destination and then I’ll spend hours reading CN Traveller, Afar, travel blogs and T&L Magazine. In the past I used to seek extensive hotel input from the family. I’ve found that this risks adding a week or two to the planning, so I now just pick one and then attempt to explain why (and cross my fingers that a divorce papers don’t get issued).

Swimming is really important to me on holiday. It’s a real treat to have a great lap pool. So I never book a family vacation without first checking the pool in detail. Receptionists rarely know the length of a pool so I usually measure it from the satellite photos on Google Maps.

 

 

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

Villa D’Este on the bank of Lake Como in Italy. You can cycle into the mountains, swim in the lake (so long as nobody notices you jump in) and enjoy an exquisite view of the sun setting over the lake as you sip a pre-dinner prosecco.

The Chedi in Muskat,Oman. Three fabulous swimming pools. One of them is 105m long. What more can I say!

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Charlie Osmond of Triptease @triptease

The Chedi in Muskat, Oman. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Charlie Osmond of Triptease @triptease

The Chedi in Muskat, Oman. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Charlie Osmond of Triptease @triptease

The Chedi in Muskat, Oman. Photo by hotel.

 

Four Seasons in Orlando, USA. A fabulous new hotel in the Disney Parks area. This is definitely top of my children’s list for a repeat visit. The service and food are great and it also boasts a private mini-waterpark.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Charlie Osmond of Triptease @triptease

 

 

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

  • Free drinks – wine before dinner, water in the minibar and nespresso all day
  • Golf carts for each villa. With the speed limiters taken off
  • A room for painting. Blank canvas’, lots of paints, other guests’ work on the walls and a glorious view

 

 

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

  1. The restaurant/bar in Hotel Costes, Paris – it’s more of a catwalk than a restaurant. The models yell at each other with no regard for the guests. Fabulous fun
  2. The shower in my room at The Surrey in New York – I have always regarded showers as a functional experience. The strength of this one was insane. I stood there forever enjoying it.
  3. The charm of La Bandita Townhouse. I can’t even put my finger on it. Such personal care put into the development and management of that special boutique hotel.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Charlie Osmond of Triptease @triptease

 

 

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

  1. I like to put things in my mini-bar. I saw a sign recently that threatened a $25 fee for adding my own kitkat.
  2. In Vegas they closed the pool because of a little rain. madness.
  3. Incorrect overcharges at checkout

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

I am a big fan of crowdsourcing, so I love the premise. I do think it is hard to create great ‘art’ via committee as consensus can drive middling outcomes. But I think the opportunity to pre-build community is fascinating and can far outweigh any design (in its broadest sense) compromises. After all, people make the place.

 

 

Where are you off to next?

Madrid today. Barcelona tomorrow.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Charlie Osmond of Triptease @triptease

 

 

Charlie Osmond, Chief Tease at Triptease. Hotels prefer guests who book direct. Charlie launched Triptease to help hotels improve their websites and increase direct bookings. Before Triptease, Charlie launched two other successful companies. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Esquire Magazine and recently moved from London to New York because “it’s a f*cking sexy city. I love it”

Keep up with Charlie Osmond on Twitter and Facebook.

#BoHoLover: Meet luxury hotel PR Neha Wasnik @Iamnehawasnik

We have asked Neha Wasnik, Public Relations and digital marketing strategist for luxury hotels, to share her thoughts with us about her love for boutique 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 luxury hotel strategist Neha Wasnik @nehaw24

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

Before planning a trip I comb the hotels on Google Maps, Expedia and take suggestions from a community of travellers on Gogobot.com, Expedia Local Expert etc. After I have whetted the hotels I check their social media sites and websites to get a feel of their operations and prompt responses to guests. As a hotelier I know that hotels love it when prospective guests write to them directly and shop for rooms and facilities. The response from the hotel (time and content) will give you a good insight on how happy their staff are to welcome and accommodate your needs.

 

 

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

Baglioni in London
Nira Caledonia in Edinburgh
Francis Hotel in Bath

They were quite intimate and had a familiar home like atmosphere. The staff was exceptionally caring and wasn’t over doing their bit.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet luxury hotel strategist Neha Wasnik @nehaw24

Nira Caledonia in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet luxury hotel strategist Neha Wasnik @nehaw24

Francis Hotel in Bath, England. Photo by hotel.

 

 

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

The interior would be quite like staying at a home for the holiday or business, The rooms would have a bedroom like feel and not hotel room feel for e.g our closets at hoe aren’t next to the door when we enter nor is the TV on the writing desk or the power stations not sparsely available at odd locations in the room. A space for just tea or coffee in room which is like a small pantry. Hotel team to be assisting as members of the home and not staff. A cosy library and drawing room in the hotel.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet luxury hotel strategist Neha Wasnik @nehaw24

 

 

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

The interior of rooms were cosy, the public areas in the hotel were more like rooms in a manor home, the people made all the difference and were really caring.

 

 

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

Over bearing staff, cookie cutter concept of the hotel chains, scanty amenities in room.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet luxury hotel strategist Neha Wasnik @nehaw24

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

As a hotelier I haven’t experienced anything like it. It is a disruptive concept to shake the inertia of the hotel industry into the same old speedy cookie cutter phenomenon from the 2000s. Bringing travellers and hoteliers much closer and empowering the guests to choose their hotel based on personal experience is a great idea. Travellers know about the hotels much more than hoteliers themselves since they are too close to the nerve centre.

 

 

Where are you off to next?

Rajasthan, India – the land of dunes and colours and magical fables and folk music not to mention a large platter of delicious food.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet luxury hotel strategist Neha Wasnik @nehaw24

 

 

Neha Wasnik is a Public Relations and Digital Marketing strategist for luxury hotels who believes her love for travel and narrating a good story have led her into the beautiful world of hospitality.

After leading the department of PR and Digital Marketing for leading hotel brands the recent one being Director PR for Four Seasons in Mumbai, she is currently enjoying her new found passion for revenue management. Loyal to her first love of writing and travel she has been working with Gogobot – travel app where a passionate bunch exchange their experiences in travel as well as book hotels directly from the app. She is also a contributor for The Lux Insider – a luxury travel and lifestyle blog from the perspective of luxury professionals. 

Keep up with Neha on Twitter and Instagram.

 

#BoHoLover: Meet Damon Banks of Luxe Getaways @DamonMBanks

We have asked Damon Banks, media consultant, freelance writer and editor of the Luxe Gateways Magazine, to share his thoughts with us about his 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 Damon Banks of Luxe Getaways @DamonMBanks

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

I’m a big fan of personal recommendations from industry friends. A big factor for me is the level of personal service received, and I never plan to visit a resort, hotel or inn that has a reputation of treating guests as numbers. With today’s competitive market, this is important for a lot of guests; and whether it be a large resort, or boutique hotel, it’s not that difficult to provide guests with a personalized and professional travel experience.

 

 

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

Wow, this is a difficult question to answer. I can fortunately say that of my many stays with boutique hotels, I’ve had many more amazing stays than I have unfavorable experiences. That being said, three of my many favorites would include (in no particular order):

The Kimberly in New York City

The Dylan Hotel in Dublin, Ireland

The Sonnenalp in Vail, Colorado

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Sonnenalp in Vail #BoHoLover: Meet Damon Banks of Luxe Getaways @DamonMBanks

Sonnenalp in Vail. Photo by hotel.

 

 

What made them so special?

In all of these cases, it’s service. Beyond just being there when a problem arises, each of these go above and beyond to provide a level of service from beginning to end, which is often rare in the hospitality world today. Even with these three examples being a larger-sized boutique hotel, regardless of you checking-out, dropping in for breakfast, or in the elevator, they acknowledge you (usually by name), ask what they can do to enhance your stay, and in general, take the time to check-in on your during the stay to offer their services, make suggestions, etc. Note, they do this without being annoying, but just enough to make you aware of their presence should you need anything at all during the stay.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Dylan in Dublin #BoHoLover: Meet Damon Banks of Luxe Getaways @DamonMBanks

Dylan Hotel Bar in Dublin. Photo by hotel.

 

 

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

This list is long, but outside of amazingly talented and trained staff at every position, the list is still difficult to narrow down to three:

  1. A true Concierge to work closely with guests before and during their stay to create priceless travel memories
  2. Don’t cut corners with linens and beds – having guests who choose to stay with you deserve to have these items being the highest quality available to make their stay special
  3. Quality television setup — while I agree that watching television is not a priority when traveling, when guest do want to watch television, it’s important to have an easy setup that is similar to a home setup with all the channel options, international options and an easy to navigate guide

 

 

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

It always seems to revert back to the theme of “service” for me. I would be lying if I did not admit that having welcome amenities is very much appreciated, and tends to “set the tone” of the stay in many instances. In my case, my social profile is fairly public when it comes to my travel habits via social media, and I’ve had a few hotels over the years who took notice of my likes/dislikes before tailoring a welcome amenity that was customized for me — little things like fresh fruit, cheese, red wine (not white) and items associated with some of my favorite things (golf, theater, spa, etc.) were included with a personalized note.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Damon Banks of Luxe Getaways @DamonMBanks

 

Overall, Club Levels are always a nice added benefit, when they are done correctly. Of course, I’ve experience Club Levels in some of the “best” hotels in the world that were a huge disappointment, but in most cases, it’s just nice to have a place to enjoy breakfast, stop in for a snack throughout the day, or escape for some computer or quality book time in a quiet place.

Otherwise, little things that are common at many hotels today make for an extra special overall experience — such as shoe cleaning service overnight, turn-down service and available workout clothing and shoes when you happen to forget to pack everything.

 

 

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

The short answer to this would be: bad service; overpriced food in the associated restaurants that was mediocre, at best; and finally, dirty room/bathroom.

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

Within an industry that is constantly changing as fast, and as often, as the hospitality industry, it’s refreshing to see a unique and forward-thinking concept such as Amberlair. I look forward to being a part of this endeavor, and supporting the team who thought “outside-of-the-box” to develop this travel alternative.

 

 

Where are you off to next?

My immediate plans have me grounded for a few more weeks while my team and I focus on getting LuxeGetaways’ new website and the spring issue of the magazine finalized and out to the public. However, the spring and summer will surely include some quality time in the Caribbean and Europe.

 

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With a dynamic fifteen-year history of working alongside a diverse collection of magazine and media clients, Damon has provided his media consulting and freelance writing services (copywriter & editorial contributor/editor) to clients around the world. With travel being at the core of much of this work, his other passions of hotels, golf, theater, wellness, spas, fashion and more often become incorporated into these international assignments and personal travel adventures.

As an award-winning and highly published editorial contributor, his work has been seen in a number of global travel and lifestyle print publications, as well as many in-room hotel magazines, in-flight magazines, digital publications and news outlets (Signature Travel, BESPOKE for St. Regis, SkyLife, LOEWS, Upscale Living, MONTAGE, World Spa & Travel, Sea Island Life, etc.). His collaborations with a variety of publications and ongoing international writing assignments has afforded Damon the opportunity to work with a very diverse and amazing collection of clients.

Today, Damon is primarily focused on the launch of Luxe Getaways Magazine, while working with a dynamic team of award-winning writers, editors, designers and publishers. As editor, Damon is thrilled to bring LuxeGetaways to the industry, which highlights the “high-low” approach to travel, by featuring luxury and value-driven travel options so readers can plan their travels with a combination of splurges and value to not only travel well, but travel smart.

You can connect with Damon on Twitter, FacebookGoogle+ and Instagram as well.

 

Meet #ItalyBoholover Nadine Jolie Courtney @nadinecourtney

In this series, we wanted to do something different: we wanted to find out what drove global citizens to move to Italy or what keeps them always going back. (we shall call them #Italyboholover)
The third up is beauty and travel blogger Nadine Jolie Courtney!

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Meet #ItalyBoholover Nadine Jolie Courtney @nadinecourtney

Nadine at lake Como

Do you regularly visit Italy? What makes it so special?

I visit Italy every few years, and each trip is more memorable than the last. I know my reasons for loving Italy are basically the same as everybody else’s but it’s hard NOT to fall in love with Italy: the scenery is so stunning, the food ingredients are so fresh, the wine is oh-so mouthwatering.

Do you have a favourite region in Italy? What do you love about it?

I have a special place in my heart for Rome. Not only do I love the food (fried or stuffed artichokes, yum!) but there’s just something magical about the energy there. It’s the messiest, most vibrant, most passionate big city I’ve ever visited that still manages to retain its sense of elegance and occasion. And as a fan of Roman history, it’s very humbling to walk in the shadows of all those ghosts.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Meet #ItalyBoholover Nadine Jolie Courtney @nadinecourtney

Nadine at lake Como

Where in Italy do you think the first Amberlair hotel should be located? Why?

I’d love to see something in Rome or on Lake Como—just for purely selfish reasons, since I love to visit those areas!

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Meet #ItalyBoholover Nadine Jolie Courtney @nadinecourtney

Castle Sant Angelo in Rome

In terms of special features, what would be the one thing you would ‘demand’ on the first Amberlair hotel?

Standard 1 pm check-out. I don’t want to have to wake up early after a night of drinking delicious wine! And if you’re a night person, yes, an 11 am—or even noon—check-out is early!

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Meet #ItalyBoholover Nadine Jolie Courtney @nadinecourtney

Nadine with her husband Erik at lake Como

Nadine Jolie Courtney is a freelance beauty and travel writer. A former magazine editor for Lucky, Ladies’ Home Journal, FHM, and Jane, Nadine currently freelances for Robb Report, Town & Country, Yahoo, Fox News, The Hollywood Reporter, Angeleno, and GQ, and she specializes in international SPAs, luxury hotels, high-tech skincare trends, and city guides.

Nadine and her husband Erik starred on season 2 of Bravo’s hit show Newlyweds: The First YearThe New York Post dubbed her “the poster child for the blogger generation” for her blog, Nadine Jolie Courtney, widely considered to be the first beauty blog, and she regularly posts photos of her chubby baby Aurelia on Instagram.

You’ll also find her on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest.

#BoHoLover: Meet Diana Isac of Winerist @thewinerist

We have asked Diana Isac, CEO and Co-Founder of Winerist, 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 Diana Isac of Winerist @thewinerist

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

To me it is always about the authenticity of the place, its location, attention to detail and of course the people who stand behind the brand. I do not remember when was the last time I stayed at a hotel that had more than 30 rooms because I am so used to book spots which are places that are truly special.

If I book for work, it is mostly about visiting our beautiful locations in wine destinations. My time spent there is so limited, I want to ensure that my stay gives me the opportunity to discover what’s so special about the history and heritage of the area, the food and the wine and of course I try to meet the people. It can be the coffee shop owner or a local manufacturer.

When I go on holidays I tend to stay in places where I can feel a little bit as if I am at home away from home. I look for places that have beautiful interiors, comfortable bedrooms, great views, a swimming pool and good breakfast on site. I find that with smaller hotels, you get more character, a more personalised service and better memories.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Diana Isac of Winerist @thewinerist

 

 

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

There are so many beautiful places out there. I will focus on memorable stays on my most recent trips:

Relais Borgo Santo Pietro in Tuscany is one of the most spectacular properties which has a lot of history, mesmerising grounds and some of the most beautiful bedrooms I have ever seen. The suite with terrace in the main building is particularly special as are the suites scattered around the garden. The food on location is superb, made with locally sourced ingredients and every evening hosts a special themed dinner. You can also enjoy a wine tasting in the beautifully designed cellar and wine tasting courses, cooking classes and pairings are all available on location. There are some superb wineries and stunning Tuscan villages in the region so I highly suggest you go out and explore!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Borgo Santo Pietro #BoHoLover: Meet Diana Isac of Winerist @thewinerist

Borgo Santo Pietro in Tuscany. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Borgo Santo Pietro #BoHoLover: Meet Diana Isac of Winerist @thewinerist

Borgo Santo Pietro in Tuscany. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Borgo Santo Pietro #BoHoLover: Meet Diana Isac of Winerist @thewinerist

Borgo Santo Pietro in Tuscany. Photo by hotel.

 

La Moresca in Sicily has a special place in my heart for many reasons. The main one however is Carlomaria Grassi, the owner who beyond being an exceptional host knows the history, food and wine of the region like the back of his hand. My favourite thing about La Moresca is that it feels like a home. The high ceilings, the beautiful terraces where you can enjoy an aperitif before dinner, the comfortable, large beds. In addition, the beach is a 2 minute walk away as is the promenade where you can find a multitude of local restaurants which serve the catch of the day, paired with a refreshing wine of Grillo. From here you can explore the sites of Noto, Siracusa and Ragusa Ibla – which is one of the most beautiful cities in Sicily with its baroque architecture and 2 Michelin star restaurants, it’s a must for your next trip!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel La Moresca #BoHoLover: Meet Diana Isac of Winerist @thewinerist

La Moresca in Sicily. Photo by hotel.

 

Villa Mangiacane Winery in Tuscany breathes history. A 15th century home build by the Machiavelli family, today this place is transformed into a luxury Wine Estate with a spectacular hotel and spa as well as a well acclaimed winery. Enjoy one of the two swimming pools, the exquisite cuisine available on site and a glass of wine on the terrace of the top floor which gets a good view of the Tuscan hills and the glimpse of the Florence Duomo.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Villa Mangiacane Winery #BoHoLover: Meet Diana Isac of Winerist @thewinerist

Villa Mangiacane Winery in Tuscany. Photo by hotel.

 

 

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

High quality food available on site, an enviable concierge service so customers can book activities during their trip and comfortable rooms with spacious beds and beautiful views.

 

 

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

Spectacular views when you wake up in the morning, the eagerness to accommodate and provide a personalised service, activities on site, i.e. cooking classes or delicious, locally sourced breakfasts and dinners on location.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Diana Isac of Winerist @thewinerist

 

 

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

Obnoxious customer service, lack of attention to cleanliness, noisy rooms, terrible location and lack of direction prior to our trip.

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

A great concept based on customer demand and satisfaction. I am excited to see it grow and thrive.

 

 

Where are you off to next?

To Miami & the Florida Keys.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Diana Isac of Winerist @thewinerist

 

 

Diana is the CEO and Co-Founder of Winerist, the award winning website for wine and food lovers who like to travel. Born in Moldova, based in London, Diana often calls Italy her spiritual home where she spends every possible holiday.

In love with wine, food and everything that wine travel has to offer, Diana prefers off the beaten path holidays, stays in unique homes and boutique hotels and is often seen on Italy’s historic routes with her husband and close group of 6 friends who tend to join her on every wine, food and culture adventure.

You can follow Diana on TwitterFacebook, Instagram.

 

Meet #Italyboholover Elyse Pasquale of Foodie International @foodieintl

In this series, we wanted to do something different: we wanted to find out what drove global citizens to move to Italy or what keeps them always going back. (we shall call them #italyboholover.
The second up is Elyse Pasquale of Foodie International.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Meet #ItalyBoholover Elyse Pasquale of Foodie International @foodieintl

Where are you from and what made you fall in love with Italy?

I’ve been based in New York City for the past 20 years, but I’m originally from the Philadelphia area. My father’s side of the family has Italian heritage, so we began traveling to Italy when I was quite young, around 8 years old. Italy became our favorite family destination, and I spend many summers there as a child, but it wasn’t until my Junior Year Abroad with Sarah Lawrence College in Florence that Italy truly became part of my life.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Tuscany Farmland - Meet #ItalyBoholover Elyse Pasquale of Foodie International @foodieintl

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Meet #ItalyBoholover Elyse Pasquale of Foodie International @foodieintl

How much time do you spend in Italy each year? What keeps you going back?

I spend between three and four months each year in Italy. About 10 years ago, my father and I purchased and restored a farmhouse in rural southern Tuscany. We grow olives on the property, and harvest our own olive oil by hand each autumn. I spend summers based in Italy, where I write and eat my way around all the hill town festivals.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Meet #ItalyBoholover Elyse Pasquale of Foodie International @foodieintl

Would you share with us your 3 favourite places in Italy to visit?

I love where I live in southern Tuscany. First, I’d tell people to visit Pienza. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a Renaissance village, famous for its picturesque streets and pecorino (sheep’s milk) cheese. Another must-see is Castiglione della Pescaia, a sleepy Tuscan beach town located near Grosetto, in Maremma – check out the Italian cowboys, or butteri, on the drive to the coast. Lastly, I can’t help but love Rome, the Eternal City. There’s something incredible about the modern buildings juxtaposed with ancient architecture in this vibrant, buzzing cityscape. Rome is all about letting go and getting lost in cobblestoned back alleys and hidden piazzas. It’s all very romantic.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Spanish Steps in Rome - Meet #ItalyBoholover Elyse Pasquale of Foodie International @foodieintl

We are looking to develop the world’s first crowdsourced hotel in Italy – our community chose the country. Where do you think we should do it?

I would love to see an Amberlair hotel in Rome, perhaps in the city’s trendy Ostiense quarter. In Rome, there are so many resources to work with and an overall willingness to explore new ideas and concepts in travel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Meet #ItalyBoholover Elyse Pasquale of Foodie International @foodieintl

What do you think about the Amberlair concept?

I love the Amberlair concept. As a travel professional, I often wonder why it’s so difficult for hotels to get it right.

If you had your own hotel, what 3 things would you make sure it would have?

Cleanliness, comfort and top-notch service are qualities that keep me coming back to the same hotels over and over. My top three amenities are free wifi, free breakfast and wood floors in the rooms. Only three? I can keep going! For example: more outlets by the bed, soft bath towels, a pod espresso machine, a freshly cleaned duvet, and complimentary water bottles!

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Meet #ItalyBoholover Elyse Pasquale of Foodie International @foodieintl

Elyse Pasquale of Foodie International is the freelance food and travel journalist, web TV host, culinary adventurer. I’ve dedicated my life to exploring the world with my taste buds, connecting to people and cultures through the language of local food. I like to say “I speak food,” because it really is our universal connector, and the best tool for deeper, more meaningful travel.

Follow Elyse Pasquale on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.