This post is sponsored by IHG Business Advantage.
I have stayed in hundreds of hotels throughout my life. Traveling since I was a kid has taught me a thing or two about them and now as an adult traveler I know without a shadow of a doubt what makes a hotel unforgettable. I am not talking about nice or great — I am talking about extraordinary. I have never been a person that says: “you barely spend any time in your hotel, so just pick the cheapest or most convenient option.” I love to spend time in my hotels when traveling! I tend to chose boutique hotels, as they most often offer a unique experience. Thus, since hotels are often a huge part of the trip for me, the following points are what makes a hotel unforgettable:
Inviting and Welcoming Staff
Of course, it is impossible to know for certain if the hotel you will be staying at has an inviting and welcoming staff, but that is why it is so important to do your research beforehand. Find as many reviews of the hotel you are considering as possible. The free IHG Business Advantage app is a great place to start, as it includes information about thousands of hotels that any savvy traveler would want to stay at.
Interesting Aesthetic and Design
As a photographer by trade, I live for a well-designed hotel. I want the feeling that I need to take a thousand photos or that there is a photo opportunity no matter which way I look. I am drawn towards more modern designs with an interesting feel, so photos of the hotel are essential when I am booking. I pass over many hotels purely based on their photos online. Give me some gorgeous hotel grounds and rooms please!
Luxurious Bed and Pillows
A top-of-the-line luxurious bed and pillows are probably the most important thing to me. After a long day of flying and/or exploring, the last thing I want is an uncomfortable bed. Sleep is key for me if I want to have an amazing trip.
Memorable Turn Down Service
When I come back to my room after a day out and about, I want to be surprised by something special left by the hotel cleaning staff. Whether it is chocolate, a glass of sherry, or a weather report for the following day — a small, but memorable turn down service goes a long way.
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