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Tablet Hotels

August 25, 2009
TabletHotels

TabletHotels

Traveling to me is like a research project; an opportunity to explore all of the possible options a new place has to offer. One of my favorite parts of planning a trip is selecting the hotel. I always prefer to stay in a unique place that has something special to share; whether it be location, history, design or exceptional hospitality. Outside of quaint and charming bed and breakfasts that can be found using various websites like bedandbreakfast.com and word-of-mouth, my go-to resource for finding exceptional and unusual accomodations is Tablet Hotels.

Tablet Hotels -Hotels for Global Nomads, provides a list of luxury and boutique hotels around the globe that meet their standards of special personality and attention to detail. The selection process includes an anonymous visitor from someone in their network of experienced travelers and their final report is reviewed personally by the CEO of the company, Laurent Vernhes, and a committee of travelers who have experience in architecture, design or the travel industry and aspire to discover exciting and new locations. There is no fee for a hotel to become part of the Tablet list and customers have the opportunity to nominate hotels to become part of the network. Through the website you can search by destination, environment or specifically by hotel name and reservations can be made directly from the site, which claims to have the best rates available.

Each hotel’s page has an extensive description, user ratings and reviews, average price and great photographs to really get insight into the space. I just learned that the highest rate a hotel can be awarded by the users of the site is a 20. If any hotel based on customer ratings falls beneath a 15 score, it is automatically eliminated. So the traveler community is playing a large role in the maintanence of the list, which as a regular visitor to the site, makes me feel like the hotels are constantly being evaluated.

Most recently, I used Tablet for the selection of our honeymoon hotels. Although I enjoy racking up Marriott points for business travel, I prefer to stay in non-chain hotels when I travel for pleasure and want the best and most authentic experience that I can find…and afford! Even though I have yet to stay in a Tablet Hotel, I trust their honest hotel summaries and always cross-check the reviews on TripAdvisor to see if the customer reviews there are just as positive, which they usually are! Although the hotels are typically described as luxury, there are a good amount of hotels that won’t break the bank but meet the standards they set. We chose our 2 Tuscany villas based on the extensive list of accomodations in the Tuscany and Umbria area and cannot wait to see them in person, the pictures looks amazing!

Villa Sassolini

Villa Sassolini

The hotel offers other services as well that help you can stay connected by signing up for their newsletters. There are regular travel trip sweepstakes with partners like Tumi, J.Crew and Virgin Airlines, Last Minute deals, hotel picks from notable travelers like  fashion designer Derek Lam and chef Jean-Georges, Tablet Guides and even denotations for hotels that are appropriate for children. I enter the sweepstakes every time and will be so excited if I receive a phone call that I won a 5-day trip for 2 to the Sofitel in Buenos Aires plus $1,200 in luxury luggage from Tumi (that is the current sweeps, sign up now!!).

If you find you book hotels from this site often enough, I’d encourage you to become a Tablet Plus member. For an annual fee of $125, you are entitled to priveleges like free upgrades upon check-in, plus 3 additional amenities during your stay. There is a list of possible amenities that each individual hotel has the option to choose from such as complimentary breakfast for 2, $50 spa voucher, free airport transfer, or guaranteed 4pm check-out. See the full list of amenities here. Tablet Plus member also receive a 20% discount at Flight 001 for all your travel needs!

So if you qualify yourself as an experiential traveler who hates boring hotels and wants the opportunity to enhance your stay in every possible aspect, then I suggest you utilize TabletHotels as your starting place for planning your next trip. Sign up for the newsletter or Twitter feed and be notified when new hotels are added to the list – which is definitelty on a weekly basis.

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  1. August 25, 2009 6:16 pm

    Nice writing style. I look forward to reading more in the future.

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