Staying At Hotels....Just for Fun

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  1. TrademarkTer

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    Do you ever stay at a nice hotel just for fun? Once or twice each year I'll stay at a hotel in my area just for fun. Generally a nicer one, but I do try to find a good deal for it online. I don't like to go on vacation much so I think of it as my own little getaway. I'm thinking of spending a night or two over winter break to treat myself.
     
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  3. a2z

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    No. I've never stayed in a hotel just for fun. I don't generally like hotels, but I did stay at one this year that I didn't hate. I would consider staying there again if I was passing by that area again and needed a hotel.
     
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    Only if the hotel included a pool and a kitchen area. I would also want it to be closer to places I like to visit but talk my self out of because of the long drive or gas (I live in the middle of no where lol)

    I love a great pool, hot tub would be bonus. Its a good idea.
     
  5. Ima Teacher

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    Never have. I tend to enjoy being a homebody. Unless I’m traveling and need to stay in a hotel, I don’t. I lived in a hotel when I was doing my student teaching. It was an interesting experience. I liked having the amenities, but not enough to want to stay just for fun.
     
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    I’ve stayed in hotels when I could have driven home (2 hours away), so I guess that qualifies. Once or twice a year, we get a room when we are doing a major shopping trip in the nearest big city.
     
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    I agree with you that it is fun to go stay at a hotel once or twice a year. It feels like a short vacation and is very relaxing.
     
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    I stay at really nice casino hotels when I gamble during the summertime! It’s great fun!
     
  9. catnfiddle

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    I've done a couple of "staycations" at the boutique hotels in the city or at quaint inns that are reasonable day trips.
     
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    Stayed in quite a few US hotels last year. Ones that I can recommend as being a destination in themselves are.

    La Posada in Winslow, Arizona. A restored Harvey Hotel on the railway line. A museum in itself with each room named for a famous Hollywood former guest. We had the John Wayne room

    The Strater in Durango, Colorado. A proper Wild West building built in the late 1800s. Ask to be shown the secret panels installed during prohibition.

    The Inn of the Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is a more modern place but built in an adobe style. We had a 'Keva' room which it turned out meant we had a fireplace with a supply of wood to burn in it. However as the outside temp at night was 75F we didn't light it.
     
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    Now that I've thought about it, I did consider staying at a local B&B with my mom. It is located on the farm that used to belong to my grandparents. Their old farmhouse (cabin) is one of the places they rent. I thought it would be neat to take Mom to the house where she grew up to see how they had changed things. It does have electricity and a bathroom now. That's a major change.
     
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    When Rockhubby and I go on multi-day vacations, we tend to do as much camping as possible. Tent spots in national parks cost less than $20 per night. That way, when we hit a hotel on the last night before the drive home, we can really splurge on a nice place.
     
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    Never have in my own area...strictly hotels for out of town. I can see the appeal, but just to stay at a hotel if I already live 30 min or less away is probably something I'll never do. An hour away at the shortest distance from home, I'd do.
     
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    I love the history of Harvey Girls and was able to visit La Posada this summer. Also went to El Tovar at the Grand Canyon. Fascinating places!
     
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    We also stayed at The View in Monument valley. The hotel itself is not luxurious but the view from the balcony is incredible.
     
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    I've considered staying in a hotel after an event or touring an area that is a close enough drive but far enough such that after an event or a long day the drive would be more difficult. But the hotel isn't the draw. It is the safety of the drive afterward when tired.

    With the rise of bedbugs in hotels, I am even more picky about staying in hotels.
     
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    No, it would never cross my mind to do that.
     
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    Yes, especially when I want to get away, but I go out of town. Going to a hotel in town isn't really getting away for me.
     
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    I've never done this for fun but one time I stayed at a hotel because it was only 5 minutes away from work and we had bad weather coming so I didn't have to drive far.
    Sounds like a fun thing to do though. There's a small B&B in my town that I would love to just stay at for the heck of it.
     
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    I don't really love staying in hotels, so this would never occur to me. I can't imagine paying $100+ per night to sleep in a strange room in my hometown! Guess I'm a homebody ;). I went to a work conference a couple of hours away earlier this year...I really didn't want to go but was "voluntold." I tried to make myself excited about the hotel so I'd be less grumpy about the trip, but the only positive I could see was that the hotel had cable and I don't have cable at home. I don't care about pools. I definitely would have rather been at home in my own bed and with my pets!

    Back when I lived in the mountains, I stayed in hotels in Denver (about 2.5 hours away) several times when I had to go to the airport due to weather. A few times a bad storm was coming and I stayed the night before to make sure I'd make it to the airport. One time, I was on my way back home and the wind was CRAZY- like trees bending halfway over and I felt like I was fighting to keep the car on the road. I drove by a hotel and impulsively stopped and got a room. It was better than putting up with that on mountain roads. I personally was always annoyed at both the cost and inconvenience when I had to do this.
     
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    I was going to reply "never occurred to me" but my parents have one of those condo points clubs. While we generally use it for family vacations requiring actual travel (or us offspring borrow it for travel) we have been known to use it to drive half an hour up the canyon to one of the resorts for no real reason other than to hang out there.

    It seems some of my students do this all the time, at least by the sound of it ("We went to a hotel this weekend!") and I can't tell if they traveled or literally just hung out at a hotel for fun.

    I like hotels just fine when traveling, but other than the resort thing we've been known to do, I don't think I'd ever hang out in a hotel in the hometown. Though maybe I should. We have one in town that is supposedly severely haunted.
     

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