A short break is the perfect excuse to push the boat out and spend a little more on a luxury hotel with all its additional benefits. A weekend away is ideal for indulging in the very best and enjoying every precious moment, surrounded by attentive service. Generally it is those little extras which turn a good hotel into a great one.
Whether you are looking for a city break or a romantic stay in the countryside, location is the single most important factor, so do your homework carefully. If you want to explore a European city using your luxury hotel as a base, you need to be right in the heart of the city, such as the Ritz in the heart of Mayfair, London. The extra you spend per night on the room will be more than saved by not having to spend time and money on taxis.
Generally it is the little things which make a great luxury hotel stand out from the rest. Although you have to travel to Raffles in Siem Reap, Cambodia to experience the “World’s Best Service” according to Travel and Leisure Traveler, you should be able to find others closer to home!
Fresh flowers around the hotel and in your room are a good sign. Hotel staff that appear unbidden to carry your suitcase, call the elevator and show you where the breakfast room is located, all make great first impressions. Complimentary coffee in the foyer or hors d’oeuvres on the bar all make you feel comfortably at home. Consider choosing a boutique hotel, where personal service should be paramount.
Choosing a hotel with its own style or theme is important. While some luxury hotels are all about marble flooring and chandeliers, more contemporary hotels showcase great modern artworks. A great luxury hotel should be somewhere you remember fondly years after, so it needs to be uniquely individual and special. Smaller boutique hotels are often the best choice, such as the Hotel Art in Rome.
A great luxury hotel should provide a memorable breakfast to start the day perfectly. If gourmet cuisine is an important part of your vacation, choose a hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant, such as Le Meurice in Paris. Hotel guests generally get priority reservations and you can enjoy wine with your meal and an after-dinner port or brandy in comfort without having to arrange a taxi back to your luxury hotel afterward.
5. No Annoying Add-Ons
A truly great luxury hotel is one that does not have annoyed added charges for valet parking, breakfast, newspapers etc. It should all be part of the top-notch service you are paying for.
Alex Brey co-founded Luxique, and has had a passion for travel for more than 20 years. So much so, he convinced others to join him in his pursuit to create a travel documentary highlighting some of the globe’s finest destinations. During an almost three year process, he got to stay in some outstanding luxury hotels, soak up some vibrant cultures and enjoy some of the world’s finest cuisines. He realized that the decision-making process for planning the perfect trip – from choosing the destination to getting the right hotel room – was something that could be improved. And so came the birth of Luxique, the website that caters for the discerning traveler.