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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, 12:11 PM
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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
This for me too. I like a good bargain at a great hotel. I don't need a gym or pool but in the good weather a rooftop bar is nice. For me, the hotel is part of the enjoyment of the trip. Of course, it has to be in a good location.
It's like this:
For a few days' trip in another city (e.g. recent trip to NY) I want a good hotel in a good location.
For an overnight on the way to somewhere, I want a nice, clean, well-priced hotel on the highway. For example, on driving trips we often stay in Drury Inns.
For a long-term vacation in one place, either a rental or a VERY well-priced hotel with some kitchen amenities.
But yes, for me a hotel isn't just a place to sleep.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 12:14 PM
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LaQuinta if we have pets with us
I will go with Ibis many times or Premier Inn since I know they are less expensive but fine for sleeping.
Munich is the next hotel stay and that was all about location and good reviews.

I love unique apartments and houses. I have found some great places over the years and makes staying in a hotel second best now.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by starrs View Post
I've never stayed in a Motel 6 or Red Roof Inn.
I procrastinated booking a hotel for a friend's wedding and we ended up staying at Motel 6. It was not very nice!

Off-topic: an acquaintance got caught soliciting a prostitute at the local Motel 6 a couple weeks ago. Apparently, a hotel employee was tipped off to the suspicious activity due to a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the room door. Motel 6 doesn't allow Do Not Disturb signs due to concerns for human trafficking. I didn't know that until this story broke.

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Sep 3rd, 2019, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by kureiff View Post
I procrastinated booking a hotel for a friend's wedding and we ended up staying at Motel 6. It was not very nice!

Off-topic: an acquaintance got caught soliciting a prostitute at the local Motel 6 a couple weeks ago. Apparently, a hotel employee was tipped off to the suspicious activity due to a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the room door. Motel 6 doesn't allow Do Not Disturb signs due to concerns for human trafficking. I didn't know that until this story broke.
If they don't allow Do Not Disturb signs where did he get it from? Btw - was this the wedding from last weekend? If so, you looked great! : )
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by goddesstogo View Post
For me, the hotel is part of the enjoyment of the trip. Of course, it has to be in a good location.
Me too.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by tom42 View Post
If they don't allow Do Not Disturb signs where did he get it from? Btw - was this the wedding from last weekend? If so, you looked great! : )
The pimp and prostitute had the Do Not Disturb sign. I just thought that was interesting that Motel 6 doesn't allow them. Who knew?

Nope, we stayed in a camper at my grandmother's house (fancy, huh?). Closest hotel is 25 miles away. And thanks! Big family wedding, and we got to catch up with most of my first cousins. It was fun.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by kureiff View Post
The pimp and prostitute had the Do Not Disturb sign
that's hysterical.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 12:38 PM
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Depends whether it's a longer vacation or just a quick trip to see family or some such. Always clean and safe, though.

For the vacation, I do like to find interesting places as well as something more upscale than just those trips, business or personal. For our upcoming vacation, we are staying in a caboose, in a lighthouse, in a cabin, on a riverboat, in two historic upscale hotels, and in an Embassy Suites.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by sludick View Post
. For our upcoming vacation, we are staying in a caboose, in a lighthouse, in a cabin, on a riverboat, in two historic upscale hotels, and in an Embassy Suites.
Those sound great! I'd love to stay in the lighthouse!
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 12:51 PM
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Just a place to stay. The criteria is location and cleanliness followed closely by price.

I look for a 2* in Europe, I'm not interested in amenities or even an elevator. I always, always look for good value for my money.

We used to stay in a budget Paris hotel in a fantastic location, but the cleanliness slipped the last time we were there, so we won’t be going back here.

If it’s Cuba we spring for an ocean front room, and we go to a place that’s low on bells and whistles but it’s clean. We go for the beach, everything else is gravy.








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Sep 3rd, 2019, 01:06 PM
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The kind of lodging I really don't like, though, and will only do as a last resort, is the bed & breakfast. Too much like staying in somebody's home.
I like the anonymity of a hotel.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 01:11 PM
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Folks often spend fully one third of their day inside lodgings. We usually stay in what seems like a convenient location and in the best hotel we feel we want to afford.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 01:12 PM
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I mix it up. I love to add a wonderful splurge accommodation for about 2 nights of a trip. The splurge will not be solely for luxury, though--there has to be some other amenity like special location or activity. I won't just book a Ritz to have a luxurious room because I don't care about the actual room or the toiletries or whatever. But a Ritz-level price that offers access to beautiful hiking trails or has monkeys hanging around my window?--sure.

A fancy place we stayed in Belize had a butterfly chrysalis in our room on arrival and the butterfly emerged during our stay. That was cool. But I have also stayed in a $9/night place in Vietnam. And we camp, too.

I like finding cool/silly memorable places, too, in a variety of price ranges. So far we have stayed in a tipi (authentic and Native American owned), a covered wagon, a restored fire tower, a riad, a tent in the Sahara, a retro Airstream, and a "tree house". I have a "cave" saved in AirBNB for possible future stay as well as some other cool little cabins and such. I'd love to stay in an ice hotel, a yurt, a boat, a castle, and any other interesting dwelling anyone wants to allow me to rent.

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Sep 3rd, 2019, 01:18 PM
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Schlegal we stay here once a winter. Right in front of a frozen lake. You don't have to be a great skier to get there.

Camping and accommodations in Gatineau Park - National Capital Commission
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by goddesstogo View Post
The kind of lodging I really don't like, though, and will only do as a last resort, is the bed & breakfast. Too much like staying in somebody's home.
I like the anonymity of a hotel.
I booked one recently in Florida. My usual hotels were booked and I was surprised that a B&B was an option on our corporate booking system. I arrived after a long work day and a drive of a couple of hours, and the owner was impatiently waiting for me and said something about my arriving "late". I looked at her blankly. It honestly didn't occur to me I had to be there at a particular time. My fault. She was lucky I got there 20 minutes before the end of the registration window (2 hours). My work appointment changed for the next day so I had to miss breakfast. She promised to leave out some yogurt for me. She forgot. It was a nice room but no more, unless I am traveling for leisure. But probably not then either. I was a little put off by her irritation at my "late" although not late arrival.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by curiousgeo View Post
Just a place to sleep in my younger days. Now comfort and location matter much more. Iíve turned into my parents haha.
Alas I am getting the same way...
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 01:29 PM
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xcountry, but are there monkeys outside the yurt? Do they do ok on the skis?
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 01:34 PM
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I don't have brand favorites and look around. I generally like La Quinta Inn and Suites which I recently used instead of a conference hotel in midtown Albuquerque. I often leave the room too early to take advantage of hotel breakfasts so really coffee, a refrigerator and microwave are more important than the usual awful ones in the typical American hotels and motels (if even included).

I try not to generalize and dismiss hotels just because they are a certain brand. For example, rather than sleeping in my car at a campground in Portal, I stayed at the Motel 6 in Lordsburg that is converted from a Best Western, apparently. They even had all-day espresso shots in the lobby. One of the two Motel 6 locations in Williams used to be a Holiday Inn, with interior corridors. If going to the Grand Canyon and the historic cabins are full, I'll book the first night in Williams.

As far as Day's Inn, there is a great one near the airport in Albuquerque which had a green chili chicken soup offered free during happy hour, and the friendliest desk staff I've run into in the States. There are a lot of chains where the owner/manager makes huge difference in quality. Usually that shows up in the reviews (for which I still find TA useful). They even have an elevator. I'll admit that as I age, an elevator or a ground floor room next to a parking space is also getting more important.

OTOH not unusual that a supposedly nice chain has a bad location or lots of isssues. E.g., I was just at a Hyatt Place in a business park in N. Phoenix that had a sort of nice breakfast, although it didn't start til 7am which is really ridiculous for Phoenix. The room was nice, but neither the hair dryer nor the HBO channel worked. The parking lot was jacked up, the hotel was too close to the Freeway (even earplugs or the noisy a/c unit didn't help). Had a similar experience last year in Chandler (can't remember which hotel it was) but thought, I should have just stayed at the Motel 6 next door.

So I would go back to the Lordsburg Motel 6 and the Abq Day's Inn, but not the lovely Hyatt Place in Phoenix (North).

For the most part, I don't vacation at hotels, and don't need business services, I pack my own shampoo and Kleenex, and look mainly for inroom refrigerator, microwave and coffee. Avoid the hotels that charge extra for everything, too.

I also look for unique places that have something special, like the historic cabins at GC, or Santa Rita Lodge inside Madera Canyon, where I was able to book a room an hour before they were due to close last Thursday.

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Sep 3rd, 2019, 01:34 PM
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I pay £75 a night.

In Rumania I take the penthouse, in Italy I take a room. All the same to me. Clean sheet and shower.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 01:38 PM
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I spend ages planning my accommodation. Location and price are key. But it is not just a place to sleep. We like a drink on the balcony or comfy chair, if possible.

We use public transport, so when hubby picked this Welcome to Villa Tres Jolie - luxury bed and breakfast on the shores of lake Como Italy it was fabulous, but I’d never have chosen somewhere that was better suited to those travelling by car. He did no research on practicalities, so I had to make it work

Had a great €40 a night single room in Garmisch Partenkirchen last year https://www.alpenkranz.net/en/rooms/ simple, clean, perfect location, bargain. I love that kind of place.

Our splurge type hotel was this, in Wengen Hotel Alpenrose Wengen Switzerland - Welcome at Wengen
which was CHF300 per night with breakfast and dinner, fabulous location, views, meals, shared lounges. That’s pretty extravagant for us. But we have stayed twice now, (and most others there were repeat, older travellers) so I guess reflective of its’ quality and our changing preferences.

I don’t get those rooms with architect styled not opaque (!) glass bathrooms, nowhere to sit or store luggage, no shelf in bathroom for aesthetics. Not staying there. I do look at the photos on reviews.

I agree, goddesstogo, sometimes those bnb’s can feel a bit awkward, but sometimes they’re great. Always read reviews to get other perspectives on that type of accommodation.
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