I am so not a backpacking kinda girl. Did that (for a few nights with my daughter in Riga) and
I don't know why, but for me to feel good, my surroundings have to be attractive to me. Not necessarily luxurious, but well put together.
Ok, I do have champagne tastes and sort of a beer budget but if I'm going away I do dig into the bank account to make sure I can indulge my desire for delicious surroundings. My idea of 'delicious', though, leans more towards something that is unique and quirky, rather than your standard contemporary or classic glam.
I've stayed in lots of hotels, most have been really nice, but I've been lucky enough to stay in two that fall into the 'my absolute favourites' category (so far).
The location is iconic - the corner of 'Hollywood and Vine'. Sadly that's all I can say a out the location. It's not a particularly nice part of LA, very tired and run down with a really ugly empty lot on the actual corner (used for car parking). But as depressing as the surrounds were, the hotel was divine.
You only have to look at the fabulous entry to know that inside isn't going to
All the rooms are different and, even as a writer, I struggle to describe their fabulousness. Nothing particularly ornate, but eclectic mixes of furniture and decor (like old-school record players in many of the bedrooms.). Maybe not everyone's idea of fabulous and gorgeous, but it ticks all my boxes for somewhere super special to stay.
My second stunning hotel stay was in Sydney at the spectacular QT.
Again, just so much going on here that words aren't nearly enough. Visual overload. Definitely not everyone's 'cup of tea' - definitely not if you don't like a detached hand on the wall that holds your room number. I thought that touch was awesome, but not everyone has my bizarre tastes!
Then the slightly spooky hands on the walls outside the rooms, holding your room number. So cool !
And definitely at the fur throw that waited for me on my bed.
Again, it was a matter of everywhere you looked, there was something fantastical to see and it would take many visits to take it all in.
A highlight is the lounge/sitting area with a wall of old suitcases. I have a penchant for old suitcases, so this room was just bliss. These are obviously 'my people'. The random mannequins dotted around were also bizarrely beautiful.
Again, I struggle to explain it all. If you're on a visit to Sydney and feel like spoiling yourself, have a visit or a stay. It won't be like anything else you've ever experienced.
Sighhhhh. I love revisiting these amazing hotels and it's made me want to find another weird and wonderful place to stay. Better get back to writing and maybe sell some books to fund my dream!
When Andra isn't daydreaming about sexy, romantic places to stay she writes steamy romance. Find out more about her writing life at www.andraashe.com