Hotels, airlines and travel companies are constantly looking for the best way to offer guests unique and memorable experiences. One of the latest ways hotels have expanded guests’ cultural exposure is through specialty concierges, or on-hand experts who can arrange bespoke travel experiences for individuals or groups.
Rather than just booking tables at restaurants or organizing a taxi for the airport, these concierges go above and beyond to offer guests the chance to deeply explore a destination. One example is at Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris where Julie Eugène flexes her artistic knowledge as the city’s only Art Concierge. Eugène can organize private art excursions or viewings; secure tickets to exclusive art events; and host tours of the hotel’s private art collections.
Tech enthusiasts who stay at Hotel Nia in Menlo Park, California, can take part in new gadget tutorials with a Silicon Valley expert, followed by the chance to test out the technology on their own and purchase them to take home.
In Burlington, Vermont, guests at Hotel Vermont can enjoy a sit-down session with Matt Canning, the world’s first “Beer Concierge.” Canning organizes beer tours and visits to local breweries, and the hotel has plans to create a summer beer exploration package to give guests a more in-depth look into the beer production process.
With seemingly every other person claiming Irish ancestry somewhere along the family line, fly to Ireland where genealogy expert Helen Kelly can help you trace your roots at The Shelbourne hotel.
Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., with some of the most beautiful views of the nation’s capital, Alexandria, Virginia, is one of the most endearing small cities in America. From the historic charm of Old Town to the artistic development of the waterfront and the bohemian flair of Del Ray, Alexandria has something for everyone. With increased attention comes an ever-exploding culinary scene and, despite its size, Alexandria already overflows with excellent options. These five will give you the best representation of the city’s diverse scene.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.
Picking a destination is perhaps the most important part of planning a trip with your family. If your group includes small children, there are some destinations better suited to your needs than others. Consider these spots for your next trip with the little ones.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Start your day with breakfast at a colorful eatery: Good Morning Mama’s Cafe. Breakfast is served all day and includes tantalizing options like Italian fried biscuits rolled in sugar and cinnamon, and So-Bro chicken, which includes country-fried chicken, home fries, sausage gravy, eggs and a biscuit. You’ll spend less than $15 for most breakfast items.