Welcome to round two of Hotel Q&A with… and this week it’s with Angie Silver, a London-based luxury lifestyle, food and travel blogger over at SilverSpoon London. Whether it’s here in London or on the other side of the world, this lady knows style and luxury and combines them, along with a glass of Champagne, effortlessly on her travels.
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What’s your must have hotel amenity?
WiFi (preferably free) and complimentary water is always good. I also really like having a full-length mirror in the room, and a soft comfortable bed.
What’s the most creative or quirky hotel amenity you’ve come across? And did you like it?
The Four Seasons Hotel in Bora Bora had a ‘Romance Menu’ from which you could choose some fabulous amenities to complement your honeymoon such a cocktails at sunset, a floating love seat and private dinners. I’ve also seen bespoke pillow menus, unlimited mini bars, homemade cookies and chocolates everyday, in-room barbecues… it’s just incredible what some luxury hotels offer.
What hotel could you happily return to again and again?
For me, the hotel that ticks all the boxes is The Beverley Hills Hotel. The Pink Palace is literally my ideal hotel… beautiful rooms, incredible service and fantastic food. The pool area is also gorgeous and with a salon and gym, it has everything that you need.
For you, what makes a great hotel?
To be really great it has to have something totally unique about it, that way I can create some fantastic and lasting memories there. For example, Wolgan Valley in the Blue Mountains, the room was out of this world but the most amazing thing was to see wallabies and wombats roaming the grounds. I don’t think I’ll ever have that experience again.
Great service and attention to detail is a given for any luxury hotel. I also absolutely love personal touches and bespoke amenities, especially when it’s a special occasion.
What is your welcome amenity of choice?
It’s fabulous arriving at a hotel to a bottle of Champagne on ice! I also loved that when we arrived at Il Salviatino in Florence, we were handed a glass of Prosecco and given a tour of the beautiful grounds.
Do you interact with hotels on social media before arrival?
Sometimes but not always.
In your opinion which hotel is continuously great at social media?
The Doyle Collection has great social media with strong interaction and support for bloggers. I also had good interaction with the Gansevoort when I stayed there, it’s great way of staying in touch with guests and making them feel welcome.
What are your basic expectations for every hotel?
Polite and courteous staff, clean rooms and an excellent level of hygiene.
Which hotel has the wow factor for you?
I’ve stayed in a couple of hotels with real wow factor, the one that really stands out is the Four Seasons in the Golden Triangle. It’s a luxury tented camp that houses four elephants which you can interact with and ride through the jungle.
Hotel WiFi – do you ever pay for it?
I would, I don’t have any strong principles against paying for WiFi.
What is your hotel pet peeve?
When there’s no socket near a mirror for a hair dryer, and poor lighting to do your make up!
Is there a maximum you’ll spend per night on a hotel?
No, good value for money is more important to me than actual cost.
What’s an absolute hotel no no?
Poor standard of cleanliness, bugs and rodents. Though I’ve never seen anything like that.
Do you use hotel minibars or avoid them like the plague?
They are overpriced so I generally avoid them especially the spirits, but I’ve certainly taken the odd bottle of water or KitKat!
Luxury to one person may not be luxury to another. How do you define it in relation to hotels?
I like hotels that are beautifully decorated, either in a cool modern way or a classic style, for example Coworth Park in Ascot. I recently stayed in a five star hotel where the décor was just not to my taste so it didn’t feel luxurious. Once again personal touches really make a hotel luxurious, and service that offers great attention to detail.
Do you generally stay in budget, design, standard or luxury hotels?
Luxury or boutique hotels.
Do you prefer boutique or chain properties?
I like both. I don’t like hotels that are too generic, I just like individuality. A chain hotel, such as the Four Seasons can actually be really individual and different, and have the benefit of the level of service expected from such a prestigious chain. Boutique hotels can be fabulously quirky and interesting with a really high level of service too.
If/when something goes wrong during your stay, do you complain or grin and bear it?
I would complain, but try and be diplomatic and not get irate.
Which hotel is on your wish list?
At the top of my wish list is Jade Mountain, an incredibly designed hotel in St Lucia. The hotel is built high on a hill and every room has a panoramic view of the Pitons, incredibly the view is completely unobstructed as the suites have no fourth wall.