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Why Do We Spend so Much Effort and Energy on Accommodation

Why Do We Spend so Much Effort and Energy on Accommodation

Old Jan 13th, 2008, 11:41 AM
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I am very picky about where I stay. First off to be centrally located for walking. Second for the atmosphere and price. It's not necessarily the cheapest one and certainly not the most expensive, more about a good match... my style and the hotel's.
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Old Jan 13th, 2008, 12:10 PM
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Personally, I'd hate to not carefully choose, only to find when I arrive that:
1- I must climb 465 stairs to get to my room
2- the room is smoky, windowless, and I must share a bathroom
3- the bathroom is growing it's own science project, and is so tiny, you miss the airplane bathrooms
4- the bed is dirty, the floor is sticky, and there are bugs

The above happened to me in one trip, my first to Rome, except for the sharing of the bathroom - I had my own. Oh, and I didn't have to climb 465 stairs, but after walking all day, climbing 6 flights to get to my room sure made me feel that way.

I now pore over any and all reviews I can find about my particular chosen hotel. So far, I have not been disappointed in most of my choices.
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Old Jan 13th, 2008, 12:18 PM
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It's only recently, and fortunately from reading and researching not from personal experience, I realize there are hotel rooms that do not have a window. I am claustrophopic and that would be extremely difficult for me to deal with.
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Old Jan 13th, 2008, 01:48 PM
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travel2live2 and nytravel, your last comments put it perfectly. Planning and searching for the right spot is part of the fun of the whole experience of travel. And although it's true that as we get older, comfort is more important than saving a few dollars, the real challenge to the search becomes finding a good price and idyllic comfort, ambience, etc.
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Old Jan 13th, 2008, 01:55 PM
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I have come to realize over the years, that where I stay can definitely add to my travel experience. Not just the amentities of the accommodation, which aren't a high priority, but whether there is a view of the mountains, lake, river or whatever. I also enjoy staying in smaller, family run hotels when possible because they seem to have more local flavor. I've also found that in these types of establishments the owners have more interaction with their guests.
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Old Jan 13th, 2008, 02:44 PM
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Yes - there is a certain challenge to finding that perfect spot and I also believe it sort of takes a bit of skill. And when you do, WOW. It is soooooo worth it!
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Old Jan 13th, 2008, 02:49 PM
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mcnyc, what was the name of that lovely Rome hotel?

The reason I spend a fair bit of effort on finding accommodation is that I want to feel I got the best deal, I don't want to suffer nor my children to suffer if they are coming with, and I want to be in a good location.
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Old Jan 13th, 2008, 03:01 PM
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I agree that - - like every other "economic" decision... it's because we can.

Ask that daughtger why she wears the clothes she wears. There are surely cheaper ones... and there are surely clothes she would rather wear if money were no obstacle. She chooses the clothes that best fit _her_ value system... whether that reflects, comfort, style, quality or cachet. As much of the qualities (that _she_ values) as she can afford, but no more expensive than she thinks clothes should cost.

And so it is with lodging. For 99% of the visitors to this website, there is some accommodation we might like a little more... except that it costs twice what we want to pay. And there is some accommobation that is 50%... or even 90% less than we what we are paying. But it represents too great a sacrifice in something... location, comfort, features, cleanliness, safety or some combination.

We spend so much effort and energy on accommodation because we can - - and because we have to...

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Old Jan 13th, 2008, 08:19 PM
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Some very interesting comments , many of which reflect my own thinking.

I wonder if, as Travel2toLive2 said, we are searching for "that perfect gem" when trip and accommodation planning. Yet there are times when we have to compromise and can't meet all our objectives. And as Ackislander put if one stays in a business type of hotel is it somehow not being true to whatever we set out to experience?

Take my planning for the Istanbul segement of my trip. Last time I was there was years ago and I canít even remember where I stayed as a uni student. Majority of sights are in the old town as are the many quaint and charming hotels, often converted from the traditional houses. This often means no elevator, steep stairs, tiniest of rooms and of course the muezzins' extremely loud call to prayer at 5.30am.

5.30 am just is not my sort of time so would I not be true to the real experience if I stayed away from the area and heard the call later in the evening as I sipped my drink after the daysí wanderings??
aahhh Ėthe compromises we make
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Old Jan 13th, 2008, 08:51 PM
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WillTravel, the original name of the hotel is now lost in time, somewhere on the hard drive of my now departed computer. It was false advertising through and through. I'm sure they've reincarnated as something else. The "hotel" was on Via Nazionale, purportedly between Via Firenze and Via Napoli, with a grand courtyard. We'd find out later that it was on the corner of Via Firenze and Via Nazionale, past a creepy hair salon and wig shop, up 6 flights of stairs. I even went back to check out the corner on my last trip to Rome, the wig shop is still there. There was no sign out front that there's a hotel inside.

If it was clean, I wouldn't have minded it at all. Except for the being windowless part. I really like windows. Not having one makes me uncomfortable, even though I'm not claustrophobic. But in that case, I really needed windows. It was musty.

Suze, that was the first time I ever realized hotel rooms could be windowless. And yes, it was uncomfortable.
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Old Jan 14th, 2008, 08:11 AM
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Hi A,

If we are on the road and stopping for the night, just about any decent place will do.
(OTOH we did stop one night at a motel about 5 miles from a TAC base and they decided to have a drill at 03:00. No sleep that night.)

However, if we are visiting someplace, then we want the accomodations to fit in with the feel of the place.

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Old Jan 14th, 2008, 08:24 AM
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I love doing all the research - and finding a perfect place with a budget price. It's like solving a puzzle - can I find the best deal with old charm?

Location, price, old world charm (yes, even if it has lumpy beds) and the right bed configuration are important to me. For instance, we are traveling this summer with 6 people - two of whom need single rooms (sleep with CPAP machines), one married couple, and two single women. Not many B&Bs have the rooms to match all that, so I had to do some searching around. It was fun!

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Old Jan 14th, 2008, 08:39 AM
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... because we can AFFORD to, now!
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Old Jan 14th, 2008, 08:57 AM
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Almost 30 years ago, I went on a high school trip to Europe. (God that makes me sound so old!) The places we stayed in were extremly basic and sometimes did not have a bathroom on the same floor. I looked at it as an adventure! We are about to venture to Europe this summer and I am much pickier about where we lie down at night! This is true of everywhere we go in the world.

Now, I need a comfortable and quiet place to sleep. It does not have to be luxurious, but I want my own bathroom and air conditioning is a must. My DH can sleep standing up so he does not care where we sleep as long as the price is right
So, it is I, who is the picky one. I would say one part of it is age and the fact that I don't sleep very well anymore and the other part is age, that I don't like to sleep like that anymore!
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Old Jan 14th, 2008, 09:22 AM
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I think the lodging is very important, and I spend a fair amount of time finding just the right place to stay.

I don't get it when people say they don't care about the hotel, because it's 'just a place to sleep'. It's much more than that in my opinion. It can give you a good or a bad feeling about the city in general.
Old Jan 14th, 2008, 03:21 PM
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Angel, so far we have been extremely lucky with accommodation. The only time we had to compromise was in Sicily when the B&B we stayed in (just lovely) was right next door to a church whose bells chimed every 15 MINUTES THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE NIGHT! Not good. Other than that, we've done so well. Some places have been tricky to get to but since we always rent a car the further out of civilization the better.

Green Dragon and Maureen, sounds like we should trip plan and travel together!
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Old Jan 14th, 2008, 05:02 PM
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I just spent hours reading about apartments in Rome for our week-long trip, checking out way too many pictures and trying to read between the lines. I had to laugh when I found this discussion. I guess I research so much now because of the overwhelming amount of information on the web, podcasts, books, and videos. I have so little travel time and I want to have another fantastic trip!
You aren't on this site if you take traveling lightly, right? Instead of trying to see all of a country in 5 days, we like to sightsee, have great meals, and get a good siesta and relax for a while in the afternoon. When we stay at a well-located hotel/B&B/inn, it makes all the difference in getting that local flavor and unwinding on our vacations.
Also, part of the fun of traveling is the anticipation and research, then part is editing the travel pictures and reading the travel journal. I'm both the foodie and the roomie, so I seem to always have pictures of our meals and the nice places we stay. Fodors is so addictive and helpful!
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Old Jan 14th, 2008, 05:04 PM
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Experience. Experience. Experience.
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Old Jan 16th, 2008, 11:04 AM
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I agree with the poster who said 'accommodations can make ro break a vacation'. I am happiest when my surroundings are beautiful, clean and comfortable - why would this not extend to my hotel room. For me checking in and finding the room to be shabby, unclean or unsafe would not set a good tone for the trip.
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Old Jan 16th, 2008, 03:39 PM
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I've been thinking a little more about this and no one ever mentions that it's harder to get romantic in a small gloomy room with a sketchy bedspread and pilly sheets...

When I travel with my husband I like something a little nicer because part of the reason for the trip is not only to experience a new place but also to re-connect a little as a couple.

Just another thought...
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