When I go on trips whether it be business or for pleasure, I want to throat punch anyone that says things like,
We’ll barely be in our room.
I just need a clean bed to sleep in.
WTF? I mean seriously. For the past few years my husband has been the team admin for my youngest’s soccer team. This has afforded me the ability to pick out most of our hotels the team stays in. I love our team and want them to have the best of the best of whatever city we are in. Though proximity to the field is important, I don’t make that the primary goal. If a motel 6 is only 5 miles from the field and a Springhill Suites is 15 miles from the field, we are staying at the Springhill Suites.
Where This Came From
From an early age, my mom would always be up for traveling. Every year, we would go on a cruise or vacation somewhere south, courtesy of Mommy Warbucks (aka grandma). My dad was always managing the family business so it would just be my mom, grandma and 2 sisters. Even before TripAdvisor and even the internet, my mom would make it her duty to go to the AAA store and work with a travel agent to find a top-notch hotel.
Then I landed a job opening stores for Express across the country. The parent company, Limitedbrands (now just LBrands) always had beautiful hotel options. One month I’d find myself at the Shore Club on Miami Beach. Another, I would be staying in the Soho Grand in NYC. I began to appreciate great hotels and dreaded when I had to stay at a Holiday Inn to open a store in Detroit.
Look, I get with soccer and our budget, we aren’t staying in beautiful boutique hotels. They don’t exist where we go nor is it practical for the budget. What I can appreciate is that chains such as Marriott and Hilton (though slower) are taking ques from boutique hotels and incorporating them into their latest designs. Gone are the days of particle board furniture and bath towels the size of a maxi-pad.
Take our hotel from this past weekend, Springhill Suites by Marriott. I had been wanting to try it since it opened a year ago and finally got the opportunity. Here are a few pictures of a our room.
The furnishings are from West Elm. Instead of a paper-thin sofa bed, the bottom of this sofa has a trundle bed with a proper mattress. Have you heard of this anywhere else? Me neither. The sofa itself can be made into a bed as the cushions are über comfortable!
The glass at the desk slide across to afford privacy between the living room and the bedroom area. The barn door slides shut to allow additional space in the room.
The walk-in closet was a complete surprise for me. I about fell over when I opened it up. Even in newer hotels you don’t find a walk-in closet. Like airplanes, hotels are trying to figure out how to cram as many people in their establishment as possible. So for this little nugget of room, I was in love!
Next week, we are going to Washington D.C. for a tournament. Originally we were booked in a hotel that had reviews such as the following. Please note, I copied and pasted these titles:
Dated but serviceable; better choices available
clean but underwhelming
Worst stay ever
Far better options in Frederick
Here are a few of the travelers photos posted on TripAdvisor:
So us along with 2 other families booked at a different hotel. Exact same distance to the fields and there aren’t bars on the candy machine. I’ll post pictures of the hotel this weekend!
Are you busy late Monday morning? I know it’s a long shot, but I will be in northern Virginia for my second wedding dress fitting and think it would be amaze-balls if we could meet!
Omg!!! I might be! If P wins his 3pm game on Sunday, we will then stay over another night and be there on Monday. I’ll keep you posted via messenger. Is that cool? I’d totally have to write a blog post about that!
Works for me!! 🙂
I’ll keep you posted for sure!!
I know you don’t spend all of your time in the hotel but you want it to be clean and comfortable and somewhere you can actually get some sleep and rest otherwise why bother paying for somewhere to stay?!
Yes! And the one we were originally booked I (the one with the barred vending machine) only offered 2 full size beds. My husband and I struggle in a queen, let alone a full!
I’m right there with you—sure, even on vacations where I’m literally only using the hotel room as a place to sleep and shower, that’s what I’m going “home” to every night! What a cheap and convenient way to ruin my lovely day of sightseeing and fabulousness, coming back to a dreary, cramped, dim room where I need to move all my makeup if I want to wash my face and keep tripping over the bed! Yuck.
Plus? The quality of your mattress and bedding affect the quality of your sleep; this is a fact. So why would you pay for a poor night’s sleep that’s going to set the tone for your whole day? You’ll need more time in bed, which means more time in that room you swore you’d only be using “for a few hours,” which was your whole justification for cheaping out!