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Old Jul 28th 2005, 4:59 am
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I have stayed in some amazing hotels around the world; some of those worthy of mention being in New York and Mauritius.

Found some of the accommodation here in WA a bit average so I was wondering how you define 'fabulous'? Is it cleanliness? Fluffy towels? Bathrobes? Staff? Welcome? You get the gist...........

Would be interested to find out which worldwide hotels/accommodation you rate and why? Plus, in self-catering accommodation what would make you say 'wow'.

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Default Re: What makes good accommodation fabulous??

Originally Posted by The Jones Family
I have stayed in some amazing hotels around the world; some of those worthy of mention being in New York and Mauritius.

Found some of the accommodation here in WA a bit average so I was wondering how you define 'fabulous'? Is it cleanliness? Fluffy towels? Bathrobes? Staff? Welcome? You get the gist...........

Would be interested to find out which worldwide hotels/accommodation you rate and why? Plus, in self-catering accommodation what would make you say 'wow'.

Cheers all

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I agree some of the accomodation is a bit poor over here, just becasue somethings 4 or 5 star over hear doesnt mean it will compare to the same rated hotels in other parts of the world, most hotels in WA are probably between the 3 & 4 star mark by US/European standards.
I think its allround quality in all aspects of the acommodation experience.
My faves around the world would be the Bellagio in Las Vegas, The Hilton Waikikki in Hawaii. The Hyatt at La Manga Resort in Spain.

You've got me thinking about holidays now
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Default Re: What makes good accommodation fabulous??

Originally Posted by The Jones Family
I have stayed in some amazing hotels around the world; some of those worthy of mention being in New York and Mauritius.

Found some of the accommodation here in WA a bit average so I was wondering how you define 'fabulous'? Is it cleanliness? Fluffy towels? Bathrobes? Staff? Welcome? You get the gist...........

Would be interested to find out which worldwide hotels/accommodation you rate and why? Plus, in self-catering accommodation what would make you say 'wow'.

Cheers all

Mrs J

PS Trying to start a less contentious thread. I mean well
Godiva dark chocolate squares and champagne on arrival, rose petals on bed, and, let's see, 1000+ thread count bedsheets... Just kidding.

Cleanliness is top of the list for me as far as accomodation goes. I also like bright rooms, lots of natural light. As for services, I don't like those in-your-face kind of fake smiles but always appreciate services which are provided promptly when needed.

My best experience so far is the Raffles in Singapore. Every staff member (I really mean every single one of them) we came to contact with was friendly and very professional. The most amazing thing I found was that they were all genuinely proud of their job, whatever the position, and always carried a warm smile. My in-laws were travelling with us at the time. When the concierge notice my FIL's bad leg, he discreetly swapped our room assignment so that the in-laws were staying in a room closer to the elevator while hubby and I stayed in their original room.

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Default Re: What makes good accommodation fabulous??

Originally Posted by JackTheLad
Godiva dark chocolate squares and champagne on arrival, rose petals on bed, and, let's see, 1000+ thread count bedsheets... Just kidding.

Cleanliness is top of the list for me as far as accomodation goes. I also like bright rooms, lots of natural light. As for services, I don't like those in-your-face kind of fake smiles but always appreciate services which are provided promptly when needed.

My best experience so far is the Raffles in Singapore. Every staff member (I really mean every single one of them) we came to contact with was friendly and very professional. The most amazing thing I found was that they were all genuinely proud of their job, whatever the position, and always carried a warm smile. My in-laws were travelling with us at the time. When the concierge notice my FIL's bad leg, he discreetly swapped our room assignment so that the in-laws were staying in a room closer to the elevator while hubby and I stayed in their original room.

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Just like that in Mauritius, the people really take a pride in doing a good job. Not like some hotels where the smiles are a little false to say the least
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Originally Posted by JackTheLad
Godiva dark chocolate squares and champagne on arrival, rose petals on bed, and, let's see, 1000+ thread count bedsheets... Just kidding.

Cleanliness is top of the list for me as far as accomodation goes. I also like bright rooms, lots of natural light. As for services, I don't like those in-your-face kind of fake smiles but always appreciate services which are provided promptly when needed.

My best experience so far is the Raffles in Singapore. Every staff member (I really mean every single one of them) we came to contact with was friendly and very professional. The most amazing thing I found was that they were all genuinely proud of their job, whatever the position, and always carried a warm smile. My in-laws were travelling with us at the time. When the concierge notice my FIL's bad leg, he discreetly swapped our room assignment so that the in-laws were staying in a room closer to the elevator while hubby and I stayed in their original room.

Mrs JTL

Bloody Raffles they wouldn't let us in to the Grill with Henry, the maitre'd came past had a sneaky look and then the guy said no, we had to slum it in the courtyard
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Bloody Raffles they wouldn't let us in to the Grill with Henry, the maitre'd came past had a sneaky look and then the guy said no, we had to slum it in the courtyard
Seriously
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Originally Posted by Anne4Terry
Seriously
We asked for a table it was empty, I had a jacket and shirt and they said earlier they'd lend me a tie, so the waiter says wait there. Then we see the guy come up and shuffle some silverware while having a not too crafty look which was followed by his nose travelling north, then the waiter came back and said it's not possible but he'll take us to the courtyard restaurant and get us looked after.

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... having sea views from your patio and bath....!
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Default Re: What makes good accommodation fabulous??

Any 'accomodation' from *star to *****star should be:

Clean, clean, clean!!!!

Then theres all the other 'little' touch's - attention to detail - i.e working out what your clientele like / need and providing it for them, whatever that may be - internet / fax / phone / early a.m call / privacy / discretion / specialist menus / AND YES!! Those freebie shower / bath samples!!! etc etc

Have to say that some of the best places we've stayed have been the cheapest in terms of $$$ but the greatest in terms of standards and service. generally the staff make the experience easier and happier. You can stop in a *****star hotel and get the shi**iest staff, bad smell under their noses and all that.

Little things, that's what counts.
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Default Re: What makes good accommodation fabulous??

Having spent many, many nights in hotels around the world on business and pleasure I think the following are key:

1. Clean and modern (absolute priority).
2. White fluffy linen (quilt only NOT covers).
3. Powerful shower (and preferably not one where you have have to stand in the bath).
4. Gym.

Generally I stay in Hilton hotels and think they are pretty good (the Hilton in Perth is not bad at all) although on my travels I would say that the Nordic Light in Stockholm, the Mandarin Oriental in Munich, the Vier Jahreszeiten in Berlin and the Marriott County Hall in London are some of my favorites.
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Originally Posted by fraser
We asked for a table it was empty, I had a jacket and shirt and they said earlier they'd lend me a tie, so the waiter says wait there. Then we see the guy come up and shuffle some silverware while having a not too crafty look which was followed by his nose travelling north, then the waiter came back and said it's not possible but he'll take us to the courtyard restaurant and get us looked after.

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Something to do with the face tattoo maybe??

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Pole dancers and a free bar always make a bland hotel room seem a bit better...
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I have simple taste.........4 walls, a packet of biscuits and a woman.
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I have simple taste.........4 walls, a packet of biscuits and a woman.

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