Hotel Living

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.

One thought on “Hotel Living

  1. Really enjoyed reading about hotel living pros and cons. My really big pro is not having to make a bed and not having to make my own breakfast. As you can see, it doesn’t take much to make me happy.

    On the down side, not remembering to bring my own pillow with me, is sort of like Linus without his blanket.

    Without my pillow I might as well get up and read but have you noticed how dim those lights are in hotels now. I guess we are now doing our part to save the Planet but my eyesight after an evening of reading in a hotel really suffers.

    However, being away for a little while is always fun. As usual, enjoyed your blog.

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