Interview with Roxane Gergaud

December 7th 2016

Interview

Founder of Doris & Dicky, Roxane Gergaud has a taste for style, a spirit for adventure and an eye for detail. She uses her talents to handpick the very best boutique and affordable hotels so you can achieve those dream-like holidays.

We meet in Brighton at one of her favourites, The Artist Residence. Sitting back admiring the sea through the large, open windows, we quiz Roxane on travel, inspirations and more.

What inspired you to set up Doris & Dicky?

I’ve always loved to travel – making the most of my time off to get out there and explore. For me travel has always been about really getting under the skin of any given destination and a big part of that is where you stay. Boutique hotels often offer a more interesting and authentic experience but I was frustrated by how tricky it was to find small, charming and independent places that I could actually afford. When friends started coming to us for our hotel recommendations (knowing how seriously we took our holiday planning!) – we realised there was an opportunity here and work on the business began. We now list over 500 properties from across the world for around £100/night – all served up on an easy to use site with a lowest price guarantee and instant and secure booking functionality.

How did you come up with the name?

 My husband and business partner has always called me Doris and since he’s called Richard – ‘Doris & Dicky’ seemed like a fun and playful name for our venture together.

What’s the best travel advice you’ve been given?

Don’t rush – make sure you allow yourself time to get lost, stay a little longer if you like somewhere and just live it.

What do you look for in a good hotel?

Style, location and comfort are all important for a good hotel but it’s the service that can make a hotel great. Many of our properties are owner-run and the warmth and attentiveness along with great local recommendations that usually come with this are incredible.

Luxury sleepwear
At the Artist Residence Hotel wearing the Hardy white cotton luxury pyjamas.

Which hotel would you say has the best views?

It’s too tricky to pick! 25Hours Hotel Bikini in Berlin has fun rooms and a great rooftop bar with views out over Berlin zoo. Château les Oliviers de Salettes in the south of France offers views out over Provence and on to the Alps from the rather magical pool. Or, if it’s beach views you’re after – Mango Bay Resort  on a quiet stretch of sand on the west coast of Vietnam’s Phu Quoc is pretty special.

What’s been the most inspiring place you’ve ever visited?

We had the most incredible trip to Dominica last year – a wild and rugged island in the Caribbean. With a different river or waterfall for every day of the year – this is a nature lover’s paradise. Sadly the island suffered terribly at the mercy of tropical storm Erika not long before our stay but the resilience and optimism of the people was unbelievable. It was a truly inspiring and unforgettable week.

QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS

Books or kindle?

Books

Free-standing bath or power shower?

Free-standing bath (with book)

Bikini or hiking boots?

Bikini

Big suitcase or nifty overnight bag?

Depends but probably big suitcase to make space for all the local trinkets I will invariably buy  

Luxury cotton nightshirt for ho
Relaxing on a balcony in the Blue Gainsbourg luxury cotton nightshirt at the Artist Residence Hotel.

 

To see more great boutique hotels for around £100/night go to dorisanddicky.com

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