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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    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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    It used to be common in our area preparense to rent hotel rooms and host birthday parties. They would take the kids to the pool to the gym and have big parties in the room. I was always shocked that someone would do something like that because I was thinking about all the other guests and how noisy that group would be
     
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    I think it would especially be a good idea if the hotel had a pool. At least you'd get your money's worth! Also, if there was a concert or event held at the hotel (we have a big hotel/conference center in the area) then I'd stay overnight just because it would be easier than driving home after the event in case anyone I was with was drinking, etc. even though it's only about 10-15 minutes from my house.
     
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    We don't stay in a hotel in our hometown. When we first moved here I thought about it because we had 3 kids still living at home and they knew nobody they could hang out with. Nowadays we do stay in a hotel when go visit our oldest daughter. Their house in under renovations, although big enough they just don't have enough beds for us. We go about once every three months.
     
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    IMO I love staying in mid-range chains in really generic places. Eating dinner at the hotel bar by myself, hanging out and people watching after with a few beers ...I'm not even kidding. I have just booked a hotel in the neighbour town through booking site and going to have much fun
     
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    My DH and I do this sometimes. We have stayed at local hotels for a night or two for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, New Years. He is great about finding deals so we try to stay downtown at boutique hotels or close to the venues with lots to do. It's nice to get out of the house even if you can't get out of town.
     
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    Last weekend I stayed at a hotel (visiting friends out of state) and I fell in love with their pillows! They were so squishy! I thought maybe if I bought them I'd feel like I was at a hotel every night LOL
    The tag says they are from WantThisPillow.com
     
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    We stayed at a hotel a couple of years back where the owner was a guy who had made his money selling beds (big time). He had equipped the rooms with top of the range mattresses. Our sleep there was so good we went to one of his stores and paid out £1600 ($2100) for the same mattress for home. Not regretted it.
     
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    I love staying at hotels just to enjoy the hotel. To me staying at a hotel when we are away and doing tourist things seems such a waste of the hotel room - so I'd rather camp or stay at an inexpensive hotel when I'm going out to do tourist things and stay at a high end hotel when my plan is to go into the hotel on Friday and not leave until Monday - use the pool, the restaurant, etc - but just enjoy someone else looking after me.
     
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    Already got my room booked for when we finally get out of that place. The joy of laying around and waddling around in that huge king size bed with no children, no co workers, no preparing lunch, no annoyance, oh I just can't wait.
     
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    Each time I have to sleep at uncommon place it's a torture to me. I don't how certain people spend most of their life traveling. And since you've started this thread about traveling, who knows what coutries allow to carry some... herb (weed actually) in your carry-on luggage, if any. Been having this knee pain for quite a while, it's an old injury. I don't feel like using regular painkillers, because it's a one way road. So I've thinking about herb for quite some time. And I'm not good with law. Question is this: is it legal to buy it online in Ohio? Won't I get arrested when my package arrives? Plus I've been using for my non-prescription pills this https://www.canadapharmacy.com/ for a while. Didn't have a single problem. But you know, you can never be too sure. Question is: is it legal to buy medical cannabis from Canada? Thanks.
     
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    I only stay in hotels when travelling or if I have an early morning appointment in a few places that are 3-5 hours away to avoid exhaustion. I have stayed at different nearby (about 2 hours away) Bed and Breakfasts just for fun a few times in a tourist trap town .
    I think it is a need to disconnect from everything to do at home for me. I have a tiny cabin now that helps me disconnect so much from anything that needs to be done. I love it. I can just totally chill there. I do bring my cell phone, but I usually turn it off.
     
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    I stayed in 2 hotels recently during the first weekend in May and last weekend in May. Boy, was I exhausted by the time I got home. All that packing, unpacking, etc. Having to look presentable to go down to breakfast LOL Oh, my. I was so happy to be home :rofl:
     
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    Really? C'mon, you say that there was specifically written url on it?
     
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    Right now at the top of this thread about staying in hotels is a banner ad for trivago!
     
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    I had an ad too at the top of mine yesterday that fit right in to a conversation.
     
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    Spooky! LOL You would think someone was tracking the conversation.
     
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    On the right I have an ad for Hilton Hotels too...right now!
     
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    It's interesting :)
     
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    It's always a stress for me. Never feel comfortable when I have to sleep not in my bed.
     

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