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Hotel preference? "Just a place to sleep" or "like to stay in a nice place"?

Hotel preference? "Just a place to sleep" or "like to stay in a nice place"?

Sep 3rd, 2019, 10:13 AM
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Hotel preference? "Just a place to sleep" or "like to stay in a nice place"?

Or other variations in between?

What's most important to you? Does location matter? Does budget reign? Whether "traveling" or on "vacation", what's the most important to you and does it vary?
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 10:20 AM
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Just a place to sleep in my younger days. Now comfort and location matter much more. I’ve turned into my parents haha.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 10:25 AM
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  1. Location
  2. Price
  3. See 1&2 above.
I want to be walking distance to what I want to see/do in the area. If it's too expensive to be that close, I go somewhere else.

Couldn't care less how big or small or luxurious the property or room are. As long as it meets a minimum standard of safety and cleanliness, I'm fine with it. Never spend much time in the room anyway.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 10:27 AM
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Location, definitely, is number 1.

I guess the rest is sort of a sliding scale. I try to get the best bang for my buck. Iíll spend a little extra to stay somewhere interesting. I love unique places. But if Iím staying somewhere luxurious, which is rare, itís because of a specific amenity and I canít see that changing. Hotels really arenít where I want to spend my money.

My parents are polar opposites. Dad likes comfort but he always lets mom trip plan. Mom is a budget fiend. I know she sees it as just a place to sleep but Iíve stayed at some seriously awful places because of her. Thatís the first thing I ask now when she asks if Iíd like to go somewhere.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 11:07 AM
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Neither one.

It is definitely not just a place to sleep. I like to feel at home and comfortable. But I don't need a "nice place" by most people's standards.

Location and budget both matter to me. I don't differentiate between "vacation" and "traveling".
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 11:09 AM
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A place to sleep. As long as it is clean and not ridiculously expensive then it will do.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 11:11 AM
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If it's a beach trip, I definitely want it to be four stars or higher. Has to be right on the ocean and should be walking distance or a reasonable cab ride to restaurants, etc. If it's a city trip, still want it to be nice but more concerned about location. And location for me means I can walk out of my hotel and have restaurants and shops within walking distance.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 11:12 AM
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The best hotel we can afford ...not a place to just sleep, but also relax, have a drink etc
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 11:12 AM
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Walk-In Shower ... I'm not getting any younger, so I try to stay away from the Fall of Death Showers.

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Sep 3rd, 2019, 11:15 AM
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Location and price are my main criteria. I rarely spend much time in a hotel room but I do want to feel safe and it has to be clean. Depending on where I am going, I may splurge for a unique hotel. Walking distance to attractions may be a concern if there is not easy transportation.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 11:23 AM
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Hmmm... reading others I guess budget is my number one. If I needed a 4/5-star beach-front hotel I would not be able to afford to go anywhere.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 11:28 AM
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It really depends on the trip. Location is important.

What I mostly don't like is feeling like I'm not getting good value for the money I'm spending. Hotels get expensive around here in the summer, and I hate spending $200 or more a night for a not very nice Days Inn kind of place. If I'm staying at a Days Inn then I want to pay Days Inn prices and not the price that I would pay for a nicer hotel.

There's a place in Montana that is always booked, and the restaurant is great, and they have a range of accommodations. You can stay in the newer section of the motel for $200 a night, but the sheets suck and the rooms are always a little dirty. Or you can stay in the old section of the motel for $50 with a shared bathroom. I'd rather spend the $50 for crappy accommodations than spend the $200 for accommodations that are still pretty crappy.

If we're going to a city for two or three days, we usually stay in a Kimpton or something similar. If we're staying longer than three nights, I prefer an apartment.

Beach vacations: always a condo.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 11:33 AM
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Clean and safe are not negotiable. After those criteria are filled, in most places, I mainly consider location and price. There are some exceptions, where we will go over budget, like getting overwater bungalows in Tahiti, or the chateau we stayed at in the Loire Valley.

I love staying in hotels. Any kind. The rooms are always tidy (because I donít have too much stuff with me) and someone else cleans for me!
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by danon View Post
The best hotel we can afford ...not a place to just sleep, but also relax, have a drink etc
Yes. This is exactly how I feel. I do spend a considerable amount of time in my hotel room - beyond sleeping in it, I relax in the morning with a cup of coffee, take a shower and in the afternoon, I will use it to take a nap and to have a drink before dinner. I want it to feel very comfortable.

Value is important though too. I won't go to a mediocre hotel that is very pricey because it's high season. If that's all that is available, I won't go to that place at that time.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 11:51 AM
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I like it to have a certain je ne sais quoi. But, Iíll settle for safe, clean and good location.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by tom42 View Post
I do spend a considerable amount of time in my hotel room - beyond sleeping in it, I relax in the morning with a cup of coffee, take a shower and in the afternoon, I will use it to take a nap and to have a drink before dinner..
Maybe a snooze just after dinner too?
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by danon View Post
The best hotel we can afford ...not a place to just sleep, but also relax, have a drink etc
I feel the same.

On the way to somewhere, I'll settle for nice basic but clean, along the lines of Hampton Inns, but I hate Fairfield Inns. When I'm there, I want something nice.

It's been a very long time since I've stayed at a Days Inn. Even the Days don't stay there (sold it long ago). I've never stayed in a Motel 6 or Red Roof Inn. I stay at LaQuintas when traveling with pets.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 11:55 AM
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Maybe a snooze just after dinner too?
If I was going to take a snooze after dinner, it would be called good night. We tend to eat around 8:00 on vacation.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 11:56 AM
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I feel the same. I get the best hotel I can afford. But that does not cover a 4 or 5 star one.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 11:57 AM
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I rarely choose hotels over apartments or houses, so if I do itís usually because Iím there for a night or two. I require a comfortable bed. I prefer a comfortable chair in the room, and a pool, whether inside or outside depends on what is seasonally appropriate.
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