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Interview with Adam Healey of VibeAgent

Adam Healey  is CEO at VibeAgent, a site which combines user reviews, meta-search, and social networking to help you find the perfect hotel at the best available rate.   He   co-founded VibeAgent with Charles Seilheimer in 2006 on the back of over ten years of international experience in entrepreneurship, software development, management consulting and finance.. What is it that  you do exactly?
We  help travelers figure out where to stay, and then where to book.   We’re focused exclusively on hotels, and today we compare rates and availability from over 30 leading travel web sites for over 120,000 hotels.   We also make hotel recommendations based on a wide variety of hotel and social content.   So our customers can be sure they are staying on the right place, for the best possible price.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
I enjoy helping to create the future.   We’re constantly interacting with our users and trying to improve their hotel booking experience. I enjoy traveling as well – that’s why I co-founded a travel business!   In the last two weeks I’ve been to Bogota, London, Philadelphia, Charlottesville, and New Orleans!   It helps me better understand what our customers want.
What would you say are the 3 best places you’ve ever stayed?
The Colonnade – London This hotel, from what I understand, used to be a hospital, back in the day, and it still has its original elevator, you know the one that you close shut yourself.   Each room is uniquely appointed with beautiful antique furniture and gorgeous linens, there are plush bathrobes, great bathrooms, a cozy interior staircase, this is just a comfy, charming place.   The hotel also has the best brunch I have ever had, anywhere! And that is saying something!   I mean, the eggs taste as if they just plopped out of the hen.   The cheeses, meats, the made to order food, everything is simply exquisite, and the sun-filled ground floor breakfast room is just such a wonderful place to start the day. The Boar’s Head Inn – Charlottesville, VA The hotel is beautifully landscaped, with gorgeous rolling hills and gardens and a lake, with the Blue Ridge mountains in the distance.   The rooms are wonderfully appointed, with lush bedspreads, large balconies, and antique furnishings.   The place has a real classic genteel character, it’s a very charming place. Hotel Marlowe – Cambridge, MA This is a plush, stylish boutique hotel in Cambridge.   Soft, colorful, stylish fabrics cover the hotel lobby, which is like walking into PM lounge in Manhattan.   Staff are very attentive and helpful.   Nice coffee in the morning.   Rooms stylishly appointed, very comforable.   Nice size. This is one hip hotel that’s great for business or pleasure.
What’s been your most memorable dining experience to date?
I enjoyed dining at the town hall in Stockholm for the Nobel Prize ceremonies in 1992.   It was a black tie event with 800 guests and 400 waiters!   Caribbean music in honor of Derek Walcott, Nobel Prize winner for Literature.   A classy affair.   I also had an audience with the queen of Sweden.   Very nice lady.
Have you rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous, either through your work or your travels?
I hang out with the occasional movie star and professional athlete, but I don’t like to brag about it.
What currently ranks highest on your travel wishlist?
Papua New Guinea.   For the diving.   Supposedly some of the best diving in the world.
Thank you, Adam. Here’s to your continued success at VibeAgent.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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