Love Chic Hotels? Then Style Up Your Stay!

*Disclaimer: I was a paying guest that booked through StyleHotels.com. I was not compensated for this review. I am not affiliated with Sunset Magazine, Hotel Avante, Joie de Vivre, or Style Hotels; All opinions are my own.*

As the month of May came to a close, I packed my bags and headed out to Sunset Magazine's headquarters on a work excursion for their annual Sunset Magazine Celebration. I spent two nights in Mountain View at Hotel Avante, a Joie de Vivre hotel. I honestly found them by chance and as luck would have it, I booked them through StyleHotels.com and ended up with a phone appointment with Mr. Brian Dass, CEO of Style Hotels, upon my return home.

You might be wondering, "What is Style Hotels.com?"
Okay, so let's backtrack just a bit.

StyleHotels.com is a unique travel booking engine that finds you the best chic, luxury, and boutique hotels at great prices. On top of that, it's a great experience overall. The bonus?? If you're like me, aesthetics and guest experience are important. Many times I bypass a website if I don't like how it looks. There are a few times when I can stay on a website that lacks good visuals, if the interface is extremely user-friendly. However, those can be few and far between. 

Personally, I love chic, boutique & luxury hotels. I like clean, simple, chic, stylish, and affordable. I love finding new places, hip places that other people have yet to try. I want to explore and share those places with my friends.

When my boss asked me to book the hotel rooms for the weekend, I naturally did what I normally do... Google, Priceline, Hotels.com... see where I'm going with this? But everywhere I searched, gave me THE SAME RESULTS. And it took forever to find the type of hotels I was looking for. I needed a budget priced hotel, but I wanted a place that was going to be cute, chic, and felt like a getaway, even though I was working.

StyleHotels' welcome page © Style Hotels

StyleHotels' welcome page © Style Hotels

Here's a look at StyleHotels.com front page. The imagery is clean & hip, much like the hotels that they represent. It has a very user friendly interface and also links up to social media! It is similar to other booking engines in the way that you pay upfront, but you do get special perks and offers that outweigh its competitors. A StyleHotel look and feel is "luxury, urban-chic, lifestyle and boutique."  It's about personality and character. 

Check out Hotel Avante if you're in the Bay Area! (rates are subject to availability and may change) image © Style Hotels//Hotel Avante

Check out Hotel Avante if you're in the Bay Area! (rates are subject to availability and may change) image © Style Hotels//Hotel Avante

The booking process was simple, quick and painless. Once I got to the site, it took just a few minutes to finalize my rooms and breath a sigh of relief. As mentioned before, we stayed at the Hotel Avante, Mountain View for 2 nights. It was a great little "getaway!"


Brian Dass, CEO, StyleHotels & Appnostic, Inc.

Brian Dass, CEO, StyleHotels & Appnostic, Inc.

When I got home, I had a great opportunity to chat with the CEO, Mr. Brian Dass. I must say that I was pretty excited, and a tiny bit nervous. You have to remember, I was simply a guest at that point. I was just responding to an email that told me I was going to have a complimentary bottle of wine in my room. Little things make me extra happy, so I just replied with an exuberant "thank you" and shared my experience on the site, letting them know I'd be happy to do a review in the future. It was that simple gesture that I showed which opened the door. I wasn't expecting a reply necessarily, just decide to share my thoughts and tell them "good job!" Well, next thing you know, I'm emailing back and forth with Lucy and Dahcia, who are both absolutely amazing, and I ended up with a phone appointment with Brian. That's probably one of my favorite things about being a blogger, I get to connect with people that I normally would not have. Or I just like to know everything. ;) But what's the fun of knowing things and never sharing? The blogosphere is a great forum to express yourself but also enlighten others. I'm blessed!

I must say that it was quite refreshing to conversation with Mr. Dass, he is a wealth of information, especially when it came to breaking down just how the hotel booking engine works. He gave a lot of insight into the back story of StyleHotels.com, his history in the hotel industry; he even shared some tips on being an entrepreneur, coupled with thinking outside of the box in the workplace. Our conversation spanned from the inspiration of StyleHotels to what Brian sees for the future of this unique company. I think what is most admirable from this conversation, is Brian's humbleness and desire to just grow over time. I'm excited to say that I was the first guest to use StyleHotels to book rooms at Hotel Avante. I had a wonderful experience and I look forward to utilizing this great tool more when I travel. 

Wanna go to Paris, France? Check out StyleHotels.com - image © Style Hotels

Wanna go to Paris, France? Check out StyleHotels.com - image © Style Hotels

For starters, let's talk about the advantages that he shared with booking through StyleHotels.com, as opposed to other familiar booking sites. In reference to using other sites Brian stated, "Over time, we  (the consumers) have come to trust and accept [after searching through other known booking sites] that you can't get better than that." Why is that? Well, in my opinion, basically we have become so used to seeing the same thing over and over. It took me a few tries to even find StyleHotels. And when I asked Brian if he was at all concerned that there are not mass bookings just quite yet, he calmly chuckled, "No, we are getting bookings here and there. And that's just fine." 

With over 20 years of specialized experience in global hospitality, Brian and his team continue to perfect the way that people not only book their travel, but experience and engage with others during the process. I think that's the most important thing for the consumer to understand. StyleHotels.com is not trying to be a huge takeover hotel booking engine. While one of their goals is becoming the "go-to" site for those who seek to stay in a hotel that aligns with their overall lifestyle of urban, chic, hip and luxurious living, Brian is perfectly content with growing organically, authentically and to have a lasting legacy.

Destinations page at StyleHotels.com © Style Hotels

Destinations page at StyleHotels.com © Style Hotels

StyleHotels.com compiles over 6,300 likeminded global hotels on one website. Normally, one would find these types of hotels being placed on the third page within other travel booking engines. 

StyleHotels.com was founded in 2012, so it is still in the baby stages of business. However, there is something about the power of words and experience. Why? Because as people in an increasingly socially driven society, we can help make or break something or someone pretty easily. Okay, so why is that important? I don't think we realize just how influential we can be, especially if we are sharing our opinions with the world.

Brian shared that one of the challenges with StyleHotels is that they are growing organically. Initially, I didn't see that as a challenge, but in all reality, when something is genuine and authentic, going against the grain... sometimes it is the hardest to produce.  There is so much noise on the internet, everyone has an app or business for everything. There are always "experts" and businesses that claim to be the "final authority" on specifically travel or food or life. I didn't find that attitude with StyleHotels. What I found was a company that's willing to not just share with its guests, but learn from them. Many times after sifting through all of the fluff, we can find something great. By great, I mean something that has simplicity, but is beautiful all at the same time. I think I found that in StyleHotels. And you know what the greatest bonus was? The people. Brian and his team are wonderful people and I'm fortunate enough to have had great conversations with them.

When asked where he saw the company in the next five years, Brian spoke of developing a mobile app, which I think would be amazing. He also shared that there is a future for social authentication, which he holds a patent to. He wants to bring the personalization about each guest into the planning process of booking their travel. He believes the process should be interactive, we spend so much time on the web and using social media. While the travel industry overall can be slow to adapt, he seeks to create legacy systems that are cutting edge. He believes in building progressive applications; StyleHotels is just that. 

I sought to share this content because I had an exceptional experience. I think it's just right and fair to share more when people and businesses are doing good. I can definitely say that I look forward to watching this company grow and and leave a lasting mark on the travel industry. To me, it's always been the little things and when I connect with the people behind a brand, it usually makes me either love it more or want to walk away. In this case, I can't tell you how happy I am to have come across this site!

If you're likeminded and love staying at hip, chic hotels, I highly recommend booking your travel through StyleHotels.com! They continue to add new destinations all over the world. I'm grateful for the opportunity to have learned more about this company and can't wait to see what's in store in the future!

What are you waiting for? Check it out and Style Up Your Stay! ;)

xo {Spread Magic}

*Disclaimer: I was a paying guest that booked through StyleHotels.com. I was not compensated for this review. I am not affiliated with Sunset Magazine, Hotel Avante, Joie de Vivre, or Style Hotels; All opinions are my own.*