I have to travel from time to time for my job, and while there are pros and cons to staying away from home, on the whole I really like checking into hotels. (For limited periods of time. )
- The Pressure’s off – When staying in a hotel it does me no good to think about the laundry I should be doing, the bills I should be paying or the leftovers from supper congealing in the sink. I’m miles away from household responsibilities.
- Exercise – Since I’m miles away from my responsibilities, there is often very little to do in a hotel at night except spend a little time on the treadmill. I’ve yet to find a hotel without a fitness room, and in recent memory I never go to a hotel without a pair of sneakers and sweatpants. It helps deal with the guilt from the rich restaurant food I eat while I’m away from home.
- Minimalism – There is no more and no less than you need for one comfortable night in a hotel room. A bed. A TV. A coffee maker. For a clutter-collector like me, there is a simple beauty in that.
- Bathroom goodies – Who doesn’t love coming home from a trip with a little stash of shampoo, conditioner and lotion? Sometimes you can really score and snag a sewing kit.
- The furniture – When you’re not sleeping, your choices are to lie on the bed which is too soft or sit in the standard-issue cookie-cutter armchair which is almost always too hard.
- Temperature control – I know exactly how to set my furnace at home for a good night’s sleep. In most hotels, though, you either don’t have control at all over the temperature, or you have to constantly adjust the artic blasts of the a/c to make sure you don’t freeze to death in your sleep.
- Television channels – Generally if I’m far enough away from home to be staying in a hotel in the first place, I’m far outside my normal channel lineup. I can never find NBC or the CW when I want them.
So, as you can see there are both pros and cons. While home is still sweet home, from time to time there’s nothing like a little escape to hotel living.