so I'm big traveler and one of my favorite things about traveling is all the preparation for the trip. I usually (with the exception of an unfortunately-canceled-thank-God-for-trip-insurance-trip to South Africa) plan and book the entire trip myself - from airline tickets to hotels to car rentals to excursions. Its one of the things about travel I love most! When I get a trip in my head, I can literally spend hours searching web page after web page, reading review after review... all in the name of planning the best trip I can possibly plan. I fret over and over about whether or not the hotel is the right choice... did I get the best deal I could get... I literally dream about my trip when I am in trip-planning mode. I love it. Its part of the fun of travel.
When I travel, while where I stay is not necessarily the most important thing... (I travel to SEE... to understand... to experience! and you do all that outside of the hotel) ... but, I do have a certain type of criteria I use in choosing an accommodation, and I tend to be drawn to small, non-chain, unique hotels. Somewhat recently this class of hotel has emerged and has become known as boutique hotels. Boutique hotels are usually privately run, small hotels that are stylishly, luxuriously, or uniquely decorated. No boutique hotel is the same! and that is part of the fun. I'm also a sucker for aesthetically pleasing accommodations, so boutique hotels are right up my alley. Additionally, I have found that the service at boutique hotels is one of a kind - its personalized, you feel special... catered to.
Originally our friends in China had us booked at the Hilton for our first week in Beijing, but, me being me, I had to be different and hunt down the most modern, hip, unique hotel that I could find in China's capital city. And I found a hotel that seems to more than fit my requirements!
So, for the same nightly rate as we would pay at the Hilton, for our first week in Beijing we will be staying at one of Beijing's newest boutique hotels, Hotel G.
Why would I want to stay at a Hilton, when I can stay at a small boutique hotel that can't be found in any other city except Beijing?!
Hotel G is also rated #1 out of 3000+ hotels on Tripadvisor Beijing!
During our travels in China, we definitely won't be staying in places as nice as this everywhere we go. My husband has some pretty rugged things planned for me, trust me! It should be an adventure.... but, for my first week in the city, I'm entitled to some pampering, if I do say so myself. :)
When you guys travel, what sort of hotels do you like to stay in?
To me, the hotel isn't always so important because I'd rather spend my money on seeing the sights, but sometimes, I like to splurge on my accommodations as well. For Europe, we love small bed and breakfasts.