Introducing the Meraki Travel Hotels
What makes a Meraki Hotel?
1 June 2019 by Matt Hodgson
We are very selective, some might even say picky. This means we don’t offer a huge range of hotels in every destination. Being picky is good for us and its good for you – here’s why:
We know our hotels inside and out
We only work with hotels that we know will add something special to your holiday. As a minimum requirement Meraki Travel hotels are well located (close to attractions, local life and restaurants) and have good on-site amenities (pool, restaurants, spa etc). But we look for a lot more than that.
Where possible we go local and independent. We have used the expertise of our well-travelled staff and of course our in country specialists to choose hotels that have features to make your stay special – think roof top restaurants, spacious gardens, a choice of pools.
Hand picked and highly rated
What that means is you can be confident that any hotel booked through Meraki Travel will come up to standard and because we know you will check out reviews on Tripadvisor – we already have - and all our hotels rank highly.
We also believe in being really honest about our choices. Price is always a factor. We categorise our hotels at 4 different levels across our destinations – here is an explanation of what they mean:
Standard is out lead in category and is included in all itineraries as a starting point - but there is nothing standard about our Standard. They are all well located and give excellent service at a reasonable price. If you want a good hotel in a good location but don’t need to be pampered then Standard is the choice for you.
Example: The Lakesong Hotel located among the scenic backwaters of Kumarakom, India. The traditional cottages offer home-from-home comforts with luxurious touches and views of the lush surroundings. When you’re not admiring the scenery, you can unwind with a rejuvenating treatment at the spa, work out at the gym or make use of the indoor sports courts. If it’s outdoor activities you’re after, swim a few laps in the pool, enjoy leisurely boat cruises or explore the local villages and plantations. The hotel’s restaurants cater to every taste, serving both local and international dishes:
These hotels tend to be a little smaller and have less rooms. They may not have all the facilities of an “international” hotel but they will have lots of charm or quirky originality. This is the choice if you like your hotels to be independent or want a more intimate hotel experience.
Example: The Ocean's Eleven Luxury Guest House is a great example of our Boutique category. Located in Hermanus Ocean's Eleven has just 11 rooms (hence the name). Overlooking the sea on Hermanus’ famous cliff path, with views of Walker Bay and a chance of spotting whales without leaving your hotel. This hotel is all about intimacy and personal service rather than 24/7 facilities and amenities, although it does offer a small pool and terrace with superb views of the bay.
If you want to treat yourself and know what you are getting then Premium is the way to go. Premium hotels tend to be some of the best in town and you know you are getting all the service and quality you would expect at that level. This is the category where you will find the familiar names in hotel quality (think Hyatt and Shangri-La for example).
Example: Located in Tsim Sha Tsui the Langham Hong Kong oozes luxury and elegance. After a busy day exploring the city, go for a swim in the heated swimming pool, restore mind and body at the exquisite wellness sanctuary or listen to live music at the Palm Court. Dining at the hotel is a unique experience - savour authentic Cantonese cuisine in the three Michelin-starred T’ang Court, try a mouth-watering fusion of Asian and western food at the Food Gallery or taste succulent seafood dishes at Bostonian Seafood & Grill. Rooms are bright and airy with large windows and marble bathrooms with spacious tubs.
Many of the hotels in this category are a destination in themselves. Some famous names amongst them, our Luxury hotels are often “the” place to stay in any given destination. Everything has been though of and nothing is too much trouble - so good you might not want to leave
Example: The Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. perched on Chattar Hill, is an architectural wonder with panoramic views of the iconic Blue City. The palace is an exquisite relic of Rajasthan’s heritage and is constructed from the same palm court marble as the Taj Mahal. The theme of luxury extends to the ‘Palace’ rooms, each of which is elegantly-appointed and equipped with modern amenities to ensure you enjoy a comfortable and convenient stay. Feel every bit the royal guest as you sip champagne at breakfast, unwind at the Jiva Spa, and drink in the breathtaking scenery.
No more trawling hotel booking sites, we have selected the best hotels so you don't have to spend your precious time sifting through 100's of choices. Meraki Travel hotels will not disappoint - whatever the level.
Use the Itinerary Builder “Accommodations Level” button to read about the different hotels and make you choices.