Finding the right hotel can be a tricky business. What seems great for one person/couple may be completely unsuitable for someone else. In general terms hotels can be separated into purpose built American style hotels and renovated older buildings like those often found in Europe. American style hotels usually have much larger lobbies, rooms and other amenities while Europeans are more comfortable with much smaller rooms, beds and actually spend much of their time in the more intimate lobbies. I have come to prefer European style boutique hotels, the smaller rooms don’t affect us since we really just sleep there (although we do appreciate a good bathroom), the more intimate lobbies usually have other guests giving us a chance to socialize, the staff is usually more friendly and surprisingly internet and computer use are almost allways free. My other personal needs are a restaurant preferably with room service, a bar and we both prefer a hotel in a quiet location near but not directly in an area with popular bars/restaurants and attractions. The 1888 Hotel was a referral from a friend and met every requirement and more, we loved this little “home away from home” and we loved the affordability even more.