When I began researching our very first trip abroad, many years ago, I decided that I really wanted our accommodations to reflect the personality, character, and style of the region we were visiting. Now sometimes you can find that with large chain hotels but more often than not they all basically look alike.
I discovered the concept of Boutique Hotels which typically strive to be culturally authentic and provide a more unique personalized experience and I have never looked back! When I’m staying in Italy, for instance, I want my accommodations to look & feel distinctly Italian. I don’t want to feel like I’m in a hotel that I could find in Boston.