Hotel Domestique: Homespun Hospitality for Active Travelers

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For some vacations, R&R is the name of the game and physical pursuits are not on the agenda.  Maybe shopping is your sport of choice? Notably, Hotel Domestique is just a short scenic drive away from neighboring Asheville and Greenville. Both cities offer award-winning cultural pursuits and cuisines, as well as sight-seeing and shopping.

Restaurant17 outdoor Courtesy of Hotel Domestique

Speaking of cuisines, after a full day of “vacationing” guests often opt to stay put and enjoy the culinary delicacies the hotel has become known for. Its Restaurant 17 provides an amazing gastronomic experience coupled with genuine hospitality, and Executive Chef Greg McPhee utilizes seasonal ingredients intended to excite and incite the palate. Chef McPhee notoriously puts an emphasis on “real food,” using only the freshest provisions that are procured directly from local farmers every day. Because ingredients fluctuate with the day’s bounty, a new and creative menu is developed daily—the produce received is never exactly the same and, thus, neither are the meals prepared. The locavore-minded menu is highly influenced by, and based on, European styles, again as personally experienced abroad by Hincapie. This is readily evident in the delectable, complimentary European-style three course continental breakfast extended to guests daily.

HD 9 Courtesy of Hotel Domestique

Regardless of your choice of activities, your entire stay at Hotel Domestique will harken you back to a time when warm, respectful and highly personalized service was the standard. The philosophy of the hotel is also decidedly European, where guests are treated like family and “proper” hospitality is practiced like it was “in the good old days.” The small size and intimacy of this hotel lends itself easily to creating a very homey, welcoming environment–setting itself vastly apart from the other chain properties. The extensive planning and relationship building undertaken by the hotel is intended to ensure that each visit is unique, just like its guests, and that they can enjoy the most tailored and pleasurable experience possible.

“Above all else, it’s the personal touch and the people that set our hotel apart–both the staff and guests,” said a spokesperson for the hotel.  “Wonderful conversations are had and genuine friendships blossom in the authentic and affable atmosphere cultivated by every employee, and welcomed by the guests. Because those staying with us feel so comfortable and at home, it’s easy for them to engage with other guests as well as the genial and helpful staff. The result is a convivial dynamic that’s a lot of fun. Indeed, we encourage our highly trained staff to be themselves…we just don’t believe in scripted lines and service that actually take away from the personalized experience. You won’t find the same experience anywhere in the state. There’s nothing like us.”

So if you have a relaxing getaway in your sights, definitely consider Hotel Domestique where you can surround yourself with outstanding scenery and niceties both indoors and out, stellar foodstuffs and customer service that’s second to none.

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Merilee Kern

Merilee Kern, Executive Editor of “The Luxe List” International News Syndicate, is a lifestyle, leisure and consumer goods expert who reports on exemplary travel experiences, extraordinary events and noteworthy products and services at all price points – from the highly affordable to the luxury extreme. She keeps her finger on the pulse of what’s trending across all leisure and lifestyle-related product, service and travel categories to inform, enlighten and entertain. Also owner of a thriving communications agency, Merilee is the very definition of a renaissance woman: a savvy entrepreneur, media personality, radio talk show host, author, journalist, publicist, health advocate and proud mother of two. She may be reached online at www.TheLuxeList.com.

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