For help booking a boutique hotel or villa in Europe, try this boutique travel website.

Name: What it does: Locates properties you'd expect to see only in movies. There are 225; most are in France, but others are in Italy, Morocco, Spain and Belgium, hand-picked for discerning travelers.

What's hot: You'll have to get used to not calling your vacation digs a hotel. You could be staying in a 17th-century chateau, a small castle in Brittany, an ancient palace turned riad in the medina in Marrakech, or a small country resort on the shores of a lake in Sardinia, to name a few. Prices are very reasonable and are often the same or considerably less than a luxe hotel in Europe. Click on the "Overview" and be sure to read the short checklist of what the curators love, items not to miss and, especially, "The Best Bit."

What's not: A small quibble, but I'd like to see the closest international and regional airports, if not train stations, listed in their "Need to Know" section. It would be helpful to travelers not familiar with smaller towns in Europe.