My longtime friend from Semester at Sea days and ultimate travel guru Lindsay (who is soon to be launching a travel site–stay tuned!) recently introduced me to Tablet Hotels. All I can say is THANK YOU GOD. It can get truly exhausting for Lord’s sake, not to mention confusing, searching Expedia and Travelocity for decent hotels. They quite simply offer too many choices and not enough filters. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have 5 hours of leisure time, nor would I want it, to look up every single hotel that exists in every single city in every single country on this globe. I’ll be getting a manicure, thanks. Many of Expedia and Travelocity’s “star” ratings are all done by customers, which creates a huge discrepancy at the end of the day because there is no STANDARD for review– what I might give 4 stars someone else may give 3. Some put more emphasis on decor, while others care only about service or the firmness of the mattress (really??) .
Lonely Planet offers an underwhelming number of hotel choices, but quite frankly, I don’t necessarily want to stay in any of them– I don’t think they are well researched options, and from what I hear, they are not always up to date. As in, they sometimes don’t even exist. As in you take a ferry to get to an island and there’s not a hotel on it like they said there was and it’s too late to get the ferry back to civilization. #ithappened
And Airbnb is just such a crap shoot these days. My last rental was completely exorbitant in price and absolutely filthy. Wall paper was coming off the walls, hair was hanging off the stairs of the carpet and on the dish sponge, yes, I DID throw up, and I don’t want to know WHAT was splattered all over the wall in my room. And now of course they’re selling the London airbnb in which I’m staying now, and they would like to do viewings once a week, please and thank you, with no discount, no free cleaning, and no safety deposit box to protect my most prized possessions. Ok so probably no on wants my giant African headdress that I bought in Paris not Africa but WHAT. IF. THEY. DO. Again with Airbnb, there’s really not much to go on– no accountability– save customer reviews, which may or may not ever get written. Not to mention, in my experience, even though airbnb is a new website, I swear some of those photos were taken before the internet came out.
At the end of the day, I just want a quick selection of the 5-10 best places to stay in any one region with varying price points, and Tablet Hotels provides the answer. I want someplace nice, and I want some place clean, and if I don’t have a zillion dollars, I still want that. Tablet will provide you with a range from exclusive luxury hotels for those times when you are making it rain, to beautiful, more affordable boutique hotels. With Tablet I know that I WILL BE staying at one of the nicest hotels in town, regardless of where I am, and regardless of how much I can afford to spend. I DON’T want to have to do a ton of research and I DO just want someone to tell me what to do (as long as it’s fabulous). It’s quick, it’s easy, and if you’re blonde like me, you’ll appreciate not having to think.
Pics from Tablet from my most recent trip with favorite said travel companion Lindsay to Porto, Portugal this past weekend. Of the many amazing options from which Tablet offered to choose, we ended up going with the palace, because, well, it’s a palace: PESTANA PALÁCIO DO FREIXO – POUSADA & NATIONAL MONUMENT
Other fabulous options in Porto via Tablet Hotels: