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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, 01:45 PM
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Oh, on the subject of “getting older/pickier”, I now read reviews specifically for bed comfort. Just passed up on a really well located, slick looking hostel because I figured out it was one of those places that has the skinny foam mattresses. I also know from experience that high end hotel doesn’t mean good bed. I was a lot less picky when my back was 22.

I’m jealous, Schlegal, I also love unique lodging. Have rallied myself out of more than I’ve stayed in, though. Ice hotel and treehouse hotel are on my list. I was trying to fit in more castles but unfortunately they tend to be not well located.

dont know if I buy the human trafficking thing for motel 6. The ones I’ve stayed at range from clean and minimally helpful to filthy and
no service. The dnd signs would just give people another thing to complain about—housekeeping works at its own pace there, guests be darned. But they allow dogs and you can pull up to the door, which is helpful in long road trips.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 01:46 PM
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gtg, some b&b’s are nothing like staying in someone’s home, they’re more like small boutique hotels.

We like them in the UK, and more often than not breakfast is not at a communal table, you’re in a dining room with your own table and you can chat to others or not.

I don’t like the “someone’s home” ones either.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 01:54 PM
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B&Bs are not something we like at all. I tried in Ireland and Germany. Starrs, they are often like that. I want to come and go without explaining.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 01:56 PM
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My sister used to plan the trips when we traveled together. We stayed in some pretty strange places. I tend to stay in nicer places, but I'm very careful about the bathing/showering setup. I really want a walk-in shower, as the tub-with-shower combination tends to spook me. The sides of the tub are often high, and I'm afraid I'll fall.

If I'm in to saving money, I just need to take a shorter trip or just bite the bullet and take longer to pay off my visa.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 01:58 PM
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Our preference is for a really good boutique hotel in large cities (e.g. the Mansart in Paris, the Hôtel Suisse in Nice, the Elysée in New York) and charming inns in the countryside in the U.S. (e.g. Glendeven in coastal northern California and Longfellow's Wayside Inn in Massachusetts) and sometimes Relais et Ch teaux hotels in France for splurge. And the Halekulani in Honolulu: sigh.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by marvelousmouse View Post
Dont know if I buy the human trafficking thing for motel 6. The ones I’ve stayed at range from clean and minimally helpful to filthy and
no service. The dnd signs would just give people another thing to complain about—housekeeping works at its own pace there, guests be darned. But they allow dogs and you can pull up to the door, which is helpful in long road trips.
That's what was reported in all the news stories and was one of the things that tipped the hotel employee off that there was an issue. It was definitely not something I had thought about before I read the articles a few weeks ago.

Here's an article about other hotels getting rid of the signs for other safety issues: https://www.forbes.com/sites/michael.../#1da5087333fc



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Sep 3rd, 2019, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Macross View Post
B&Bs are not something we like at all. I tried in Ireland and Germany. Starrs, they are often like that. I want to come and go without explaining.
I loved the ones in Ireland. Especially the farm & breakfast we stayed in the first night after flying into Shannon.

Now I want to stay in a cottage on the grounds of Balmoral.

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Sep 3rd, 2019, 02:20 PM
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The safety issue is understandable but I’m saying I don’t think that was the reason Motel 6 really doesn’t have DND. Or room occupied sign. Or whatever. They want people in and out. It’s actually one of the few places I’d use a door wedge or at least the security lock because housekeeping just does not care and they try to barge in starting super early.

also, the employee noticed the prostitute thing because something was out of place. And that something was the dnd sign. Whoever put it up was not so bright because they basically called attention to themselves. You notice when stuff is weird at a hotel. The Vegas shooting situation seemed weird to me because personally, when I was working in a hotel, I’d be a little concerned if there was a dnd up for 24 hours plus. There’s a lot of people on the Disney forums who think they’re doing housekeeping a favor by not allowing them in their room for a week straight, and ime, they’re really not.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 02:35 PM
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Budget and location are my primary considerations. I do like character and charm if we can afford it. I don't really care about elevators or amenities but I'm always happy if there's a kettle in the room.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 02:40 PM
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Not just a place to sleep. I like places that are interesting and good value. if I am with my husband, it is a big plus if there is a separate area with seating for the times one of us is asleep and the other is not. Walk in shower a plus. King size bed or two beds.

We stayed in a caboose in Pennsylvania and a cave in the Loire valley. Wonderful B&Bs. Rental homes and apartments, as well as suite hotels.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Nikki View Post

We stayed in a caboose in Pennsylvania and a cave in the Loire valley. Wonderful B&Bs. Rental homes and apartments, as well as suite hotels.

Links to both caboose and cave pretty please?
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 02:57 PM
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When we were young, we just wanted clean and cheap; my parents often traveled with us and were pretty good sports as long as the bed had firm support.

Now I'm with the "want a nice place for an afternoon drink" crowd, good location, lovely room, etc. My surroundings tend to color my impression of a place in general. Definitely need a/c in summer. We have to sleep cold.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 03:09 PM
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Not just a place to sleep. I like boutique hotels, don't need a gym (work out enough at home, not doing it on holidays), but I like a comfortable bed, some ambiance, value for money- I don't mind spending a bit but I do not like being nickelled and dimed to death with resort fees and wi-fi fees etc. Why I love travelling in Italy-great breakfast and wifi always included wherever we have stayed and some very nice places were surprisingly well priced.

On most of our Hawaii trips however we had condos which made sense for 2 plus weeks especially in the kid years, where there was often a friend along for our son and other friends staying in the resort so BBQing back and forth etc.

I really love looking at hotel websites and choosing the hotel....one of my little pleasures.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 03:32 PM
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Not just a place to sleep. Well, except last October. We had been on a roadtrip to the midwest to celebrate my retirement. The Atlanta area was where we would stay overnight on our way back to South Florida. We stopped at several hotels, all were booked solid. I finally asked why; it seems that the Hurricane Michael refugees were staying in the area. We parked and I called hotels in several cities: Macon, Tifton, Valdosta. No luck. It was either sleep in the car or keep on driving. It was nearing 10pm, cold and rainy, and we were tired. We would take turns driving, and stock up on the coffee. U-turned back to the freeway, and saw a Travel Lodge with a vacancy sign. It was in a parking lot with controlled access. We touched as little as possible, but did shower and get a few hours sleep. Felt lucky to have found that $75 bargain.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 03:41 PM
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Case in point taking a lot of our energy these past few days:

We will be arriving in Salerno on the ferry towards the end of the trip, so we want a hotel that is within really easy walking distance from the port. If storms cancel the ferry, then we'll be busing it--same same requirement per bus station. We'll be leaving on a train to Rome a couple of days later, so proximity to the stazione is crucial--wanna be able to stumble over there with coffee cups in our hands as the sun rises that morn. Don't wanna drag suitcases and camera bags in the rain for 17 blocks to the stazione.
The Old Town beckons just west of the port/bus station/train station, so we will place ourselves at some hotel strategically equidistant.

But, we are trying to do all of the above using our 'points' (screw the airlines), so its all a big D-Day invasion plan-in-the-works just now. Many factors to consider.

I am done. The 'otel.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 03:43 PM
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RNCheryl----'we touched as little as possible' LOL!

I am done. The end.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 03:45 PM
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rncheryl, that sounds like a nightmare.
I remember the first time I traveled for business and forgot it was Masters time. There were no hotels to be found within a 2 hour radius of Augusta GA. I'll never make that mistake again! I did stay at a LQ when the power was out at my house and the hotel was full of Katrina refugees. It was the nicest group of people at breakfast in the morning. They had gotten to know each other very well. Reminded me a bit of Come From Away.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 03:45 PM
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Location is important, and it must be clean. A hotel room is much more than just a room to us. We have happy hour every evening in the room before dinner so it has to be nice and hopefully with a view. If it has a balcony, even better. When we go to Punta Cana for our yearly slug week, we stay in a huge swim up suite and spend a good amount of time either in the suite or in the private outdoor space. In Europe and other parts of the world, the room doesn't need to be very big, but it must be nice and well maintained, with a good bathroom. I've stayed in my share of dumps in the past and as far as I'm concerned, those days are over. I didn't suffer through law school and practice to stay in cheap hotels when on vacation.

>>I really love looking at hotel websites and choosing the hotel....one of my little pleasures.<<

Me too. I typically look at a couple of hundred hotels when planning a trip. I'm going to Paris next Wednesday and looked at about 300 hotels and had 4 or 5 booked at one point. I finally narrowed it down and now have just the one I decided to stay at. Since I will be by myself (DH is sitting this one out) location was paramount as I want to feel safe. The room looks very nice though so hopefully I will feel comfortable there as well.

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Sep 3rd, 2019, 05:09 PM
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We did stay in some very nice B&Bs in Scotland but that was many many years ago when we really had to count every dollar. Plus they were in such small towns that there really were few options for hotels.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by marvelousmouse View Post



Links to both caboose and cave pretty please?

The cave hotel. Stayed here in 2005 but it looks like it’s still in operation:
https://www.hoteldemeurevignolesaumur.com/

The Red Caboose Motel:
https://redcaboosemotel.com/
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