A STAY WITH A DIF­FER­ENCE

Business Traveler (USA) - - SPECIAL REPORT -

Ho­tels are get­ting in­creas­ingly cre­ative in their ap­proach to the guest ex­pe­ri­ence. We asked some very well-trav­eled peo­ple for some of the things they have re­cently ex­pe­ri­enced and liked.

“The busi­ness trav­eler,” says Jody Merl, “wants to be inspired York there is an artist-in res­i­dence who will help you be a col­lec­tor for a day.”

Mary Gostelow, who trav­els over 300 days a year (www. girla­head.com) re­cently stayed at the Lux* Belle Mar in Mau­ri­tius and found good­ies like a new bike with her ini­tials on the front espresso ma­chine; and four printed full-size English news­pa­pers thanks to satel­lite.

Doug Gol­lan, founder and for­mer editor of Elite Trav­eler, says the Lun­garno Group of ho­tels in Florence run by the Fer­rag­amo fam­ily of shoe and fash­ion fame, are unique and worth­while. One, the Con­ti­nen­tale, “has a mod­ern min­i­mal­ist in­te­rior and a lovely deck for views of the city. The ser­vice is per­sonal, but very dolce vita.”

Bob Von Ness of Pre­ferred Ho­tels, says the brand new ART Ho­tel in Den­ver, with two art gal­leries, is a “con­tem­po­rary ho­tel rooted over­look­ing the Rocky Moun­tains and Den­ver skyline.

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