If you’re tired of the same old cookie cutter hotels when you travel maybe it’s time you spiced up your stays with some unique hotel ideas that will make your trip more memorable.
Make note of any interesting hotels you come across while surfing the Web or watching TV. When traveling pick up any brochures of unique accommodations you find. Many times a hotel lobby will be filled with these little brochures all arranged in a nice little display rack.
Consider staying at a Bed and Breakfast. B & Bs are becoming increasingly popular as each one provides a unique experience over any standard hotel chain. From quiet often charming rooms to great homemade food these are many times cheaper than regular hotels and motels.
Inns.com and BedandBreakfast.com are two great Web sites that can help you find the perfect Bed and Breakfast in your destination city.
If you are traveling abroad and seek a special kind of quiet try a convent or monastery for a truly unique experience. In many countries you can stay for far less than what a hotel would cost with some places only asking for a token offering. Just be prepared to give up some of the more traditional hotel amenities like TV for the peace and quiet.
If you don’t mind spending about what you would for a decent hotel check out the offerings at TabletHotels.com where you will find a unique selection of inns and hotels that have been personally rated by guests from all over the world.
If plan on traveling to one of the great parks in the United States check into staying at a nearby lodge or cabin. Many parks have on-site accommodations and of course you could always pitch a tent if you really wanted to rough it and save money.
When a friend of mine goes on vacations he looks for condos or homes for rent. This can be a great idea if you are traveling with your family as you get all the comforts of home and can save money buy cooking your own meals.
Many people will do a house swap with you as well but if you happen to live in a spot that might not be very popular with travelers it could be hard finding someone to swap with you.
Going to Europe and into backpacking? You might consider staying at a youth hostel during your continental travels. Many have a dormitory arrangement with shared baths and kitchens but they can be quite inexpensive and you get a great opportunity to meet some interesting people. Just be sure to use a little common sense if you plan on staying in a group environment.
These are just a few of the many options available to the traveler looking for a little more adventure. Keep your eyes and your mind open to new possibilities and you will be rewarded with rich memories for years to come.
When you book a room or villa in a luxury resort, you expect to have the most wonderful holiday experience of your life. Everything you get in your villa and outside the villa should simply be luxurious. The resort choice you make determines the features you will have at your disposal, but in essence, there are basic things that every luxury holiday resort should offer you.
A micro spa – Relaxing baths are a must whether you choose an adventurous type of holiday or a relaxed one where you just want to unwind. A good resort villa should at least have Jacuzzi tubs complete with exfoliating and soaking salts as well as other spa basics at your disposal. There is nothing better than taking a relaxing bath after a day full of activities.
A stocked mini bar – Yes, refreshments should be handy when you need them and a mini bar that is well-stocked is therefore an important element. Some of the better resorts will make the minibar available at no extra charge, but you might need to pay in some resorts to get the bar stocked with your favorite drinks but it should at least have water at no charge.
Power outlets near your bed – If you live in the modern world, then you definitely will want to have your smartphone with you even when you are relaxing in bed. A power outlet near the bed offer great convenience; you do not need to charge the phone from the bathroom or start moving furniture and unplugging other items just to you can avail an outlet.
Lots of towels and robes – Enough towels should be provided for in your luxury resort villa or room so you do not end up having to use a wet towel that didn’t dry by the next use. A robe or two is also very helpful and it should at least be plush and comfortable to keep you warm after your bath. Resorts that offer enough towels and robes are definitely worthwhile.
Room service – A good luxury resort that cares about its customers should make room service available round the clock so you can enjoy your meals at whatever time without having to go down to the dining area or make trips to the restaurant. You are the king of the holiday and as so you should be treated with exceptional reliable room service.
Storage – Your room should have enough space to accommodate cumbersome bags you might have brought for your stay. You should actually be able to remove your clothes and items from your bags and hang them or put them in their proper places for convenience and to have a more organized looking room. You villa should at least have a sizable closet complete with hangers, shelves and drawers.
Safety deposit box – It is one item that will give you peace of mind, even when you are in a hotel that has staff with good reputation. You will feel more at ease when your valuables such as travel documents, cash and jewelry are in a safe rather than just in a drawer next to your bed.