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My hOtel – an insight into luxury hotel rooms

What makes a hotel fab? Why would you want to go back? Would you recommend it to your best friend?
The more hotels I stay at, the pickier I get, so I decided to start a new series called “My hOtel”, where I actually show you what it is really like to stay in each property. Details matter, and often – especially when we are talking about luxury hotels, which is the focus of this blog – it is the small things that make you want to go back for more.
I have done some research before writing this first “My hOtel”




– Was there any pre-arrival communication by the hotel with myself via email or social media?– Did I try to engage the hotel via Twitter? Did the hotel interact with me and made me feel welcome/special?– Has the hotel tried to gather any personal information (e.g. preferences) prior to my stay?



– The wow factor – sometimes these words come out of my mouth when I enter a hotel! What was the hotel décor style?– How quick and efficient was the hotel check-in?– Was I addressed by name once reservation has been located? (it is all about the small details, some others are outstanding with this, and I love it, like I do when I board an airplane)– Did I get an upgrade from my confirmed pre-booked room type?– Did I feel genuinely welcomed by the hotel staff?– Luggage – how many people did I have to tip before the luggage made it safely to my room? This is cultural, I know J– Wifi – was I told anything about it? Was there a charge?


Room Experience

– First impressions – décor, size and wow factor– Welcome amenity– The bed – this is very important. There have been hotels whose beds I never wanted to leave. Bed linen – did I want some of it at home?– Closet/Wardrobe – proper hangers or those annoying ones where you need a PhD to get them out one by one? This is a personal pet peeve of mine. I can’t stand them.– Iphone Charger/Dock – seen more and more often and absolutely necessary– Bathrobes and slippers – something I rarely use, but most of you really value it, so I shall take a closer look– Coffee and Tea – which I never use, but shall see if a Nespresso moment can be had.. and what alternatives for tea lovers– Free bottled water– Magazine selection – had some nice surprises and doesn’t happen often enough!– Power sockets in useful places – we have more and more devices and we know where we want them! By the bed, by the working area.



– First impressions – décor, size and wow factor– Bath, shower and taps – I am looking for Duravits and Hansgrohes (or other fab brands) around the world. How fab was the shower? And a little pet peeve.. was I able to operate the shower without asking Mr. O for help?– Towels – yes, please! How many and how soft and lovely?– Toiletries – own brand, super brand, baby ones or proper ones? I shall find out!– Amenity kit – I don’t want more sewing kits thank you very much, but I will need a shower cap.– Hairdryer – is it a human one, or just something stuck to a wall that only makes noise?



– Décor of breakfast room – there are some beauties out there– The spread (inc yumminess)– Cost (I have seen a hotel charging €75 for breakfast – a tad much, maybe?)



– The wow factor – obviously!– Service– Cocktail yumminess


Beach and non-city properties

– Sun loungers – the good, the bad and the ugly. And the not included in the price of the room ones (excluding Cabanas, obviously)– Towels – I am “slightly” obsessed with towel quality and they deserve their own bullet point– Food and drink selection– Child-free or quiet pool/beach areas – have seen this more and more and think it is a really good idea. We are all there for different reasons – I like to sleep and read, not to hear about other people’s life stories or screaming children. (Once I have children, I shall move to the other side!)

– How good and reliable was the wifi?– Did the hotel interact with me via Twitter during my stay?– Location– Cost – rooms starting from…– Would I recommend it to my best friend?– Would I stay again?And last but not the least… my 3 favourite things about the hotel!So there you are, with each hotel I visit, coupled with great photos, you will know what to expect if you decide to book a stay there. As always, I will always disclose if I am being a guest of the hotel or not – it shall not cloud my judgement in any way.And incredible hotels will get something special.. the Mrs. O seal of approval. Oh and a Triptease review!My question to you: what have I missed? Do let me know by commenting below, and I shall add them to the list!XoMrs. O