The Wind has Shifted… The Search is on.

We’re back to flying into Amsterdam and then driving to Germany. I think watching Rick Steeves Benelux/Germany DVD cemented it. Trent was taken with a museum in Belgium, and I want to see the Van Gogh museum. Currently the plan is at 25 days and up to potentially 8 countries (Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy & possibly the Czech Republic) with 9 actual hotels to book. If we slipped into France & Switzerland it would 10 countries. If it’s Tuesday it must be Belgium…

Hotel searching is tough for us. We like luxury, but like to not pay exorbitant amounts/night – and we try to avoid big chain hotels. We also prefer country to town/city properties. We need WiFi, a comfortable bed, decent food near by (that means something *we* would eat) and I look for something special about the property – a castle, on a park, a great restaurant, near something we need to go see, etc.

If you think that’s an easy task – you are mistaken!

Here are the sites I’m currently using:
Relais & Chateaux
Trip Advisor (taken with some large grains of salt)
Small Luxury Hotels
Leading Hotels of the World
Historic Hotels of Europe
Historic Hotels of the Benelux
Great Small Hotels
Five Star Alliance
Castle Hotels (Mainly Austria)
Karen Brown (taken with an even larger grain of salt & cross checked extensively – not trusted)
Kiwi Collection
Mr & Mrs. Smith
Epoque Hotels
Rocco Forte Collection
Romantik Hotels
Historic Hotels of Europe
Luxique
Starwood Luxury Collection
Johansen’s
Authentic Hotels

Chic Retreats

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