May 5, 2010

Guest Post: Lynne of Tea for Joy

We can learn so much about a person by the way they travel and the places they choose to stay. Today Lynne of Tea for Joy lets us in on what makes her truly happy while traveling. I love her appreciation for details and attraction to unusual locations. I think Lynne and I would definitely make good travel buddies!
I'm not that adventurous when it comes to holidays, and don't need to stay anywhere glamorous. My favourite place to stay ever is the Seafarer's hostel in New York - very basic, inexpensive for Manhattan, but clean, always the right temperature, and in a brilliant location. However, I have been lucky enough to stay in some amazing hotels, and these are the things which impress me.
1. Simple, but effective, touches. This hotel, Casa Camper in Barcelona, has simple rooms, with minimal fittings but bold red walls which make the rooms look expensive and warm.
2. Attention to small details. I've always wanted to stay at the Zetter Hotel in London, and now I've found out that their rooms have matching hot water bottles (perfect for a perennially cold Irish person), I'm even more convinced. Last year Young House Love posted this cute video on using small details they’ve seen in hotels in our homes.

3. An unusual location. I've always loved lighthouses, such as this one near Belfast Lough in Northern Ireland, which I think is associated with 'Maskew's Match' in my favourite childhood book, Moonfleet. (If anyone knows what that means, we should be friends!) Quirky locations make me happy, such as the Cley Windmill in Norfolk, or these vintage Airstream trailers on the Isle of Wight. I'm such a fan of unusual spaces in any form (I'm still unbelievably excited about this sewing shed), but I don't think a converted chapel, school or railway station will ever be in my budget!

Thanks, Crystal, for letting me guest blog while you are on your travels. I hope you are having an amazing trip!


The Iconic said...

Wonderful post. NYC is always my top choice as well.x

ephemerette said...
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ephemerette said...

Love the idea of staying in a vintage airstream trailer - might have to plan a trip to the Isle of Wight! I've stayed at the Zetter in London - it's very cute, lovely atmosphere and staff.

Kickcan & Conkers said...

Lovely post Lynne, I love unusual places too. I love the sound of the vintage airstream trailer. I know I've written about it before on my blog, because I'm so in love, but we've stayed three times in this tiny "cabanon" in France - I haven't travelled the world but this for me is heaven:

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

Lovely post, Lynne has a great eye to detail and fab taste, you are right Crystal!!

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