If there is one thing you need to know about me is that I hate...no...I loathe to travel, especially by air; however, I LOVE to stay at hotels! Wait! Allow me to explain myself in further detail: I despise being treated like a potential terrorist while I am fed through lines and queues like cattle at any given airport to be "processed" only to be squirreled away into an airborne tube filled with classless Day-Crawlers, screaming children, and impatient nursing home escapees! Moreover, air travel is over-priced, not customer friendly (if I hear the words, "We are sorry for any inconvenience," one more time, I'm gonna go all air-rage on someone...and luckily, I don't smoke anymore...imagine that, me on a nicotine withdrawal fit?!?!), and comes with way too many rules and regulations.
I do, however, tolerate train travel (NYC subways excluded...horrible) and find the romantic aspect of it...as long as I find myself in the elitist business class or a private car...maybe like Harry Potter on his way to Hogwarts, checking out the scenery and such. Bus travel? You've got to be kidding me, right? I'd rather hitch-hike. And as far as driving goes, I do love a good road-trip...but fortunately, I don't drive...trust me, you don't want me behind the wheel of a two thousand pound anything!!! It's bad enough dealing with pedestrian-rage, let alone road-rage...
O.k., o.k....Back to the topic at hand:
While I'm not a fan of physically travelling, I do like going to distant places to experience new cultures and sights (except Dubai...that place is a sneaky Al-Qaeda death trap waiting to happen if I've ever seen one!)...but the best part is staying at hotels!!!
There is just something about being a guest in a temporary "home away from home" that I find so appealing! It's almost like moving into a fully furnished mini-apartment complete with little nooks, crannies, and widgets to discover. For example, my one and only favorite hotel when I (repeatedly) visit Washington D.C. is the Dupont Hotel located on Dupont (duh!) Circle, and I am simply in love with their heated slate rock bathroom floor, super comfy and plush bed, and insanely cold air-conditioning -- especially since every time I show up in D.C. they seem to be having a heatwave...why??? Scientists are still trying to figure this phenomenon out. But enough about me...this tip is for you!
The tip is thus: You don't need to travel to some strange, foreign, or exotic place to enjoy the amenities and creature comforts of a (somewhat) luxurious
hotel room to enjoy it as a mini getaway/vacation/tryst with your lover. Most hotel rooms are like airline tickets, the earlier you book, the cheaper it is. Moreover, if you want to spend the time to research for some better deals, be sure to use websites like hotels.com, hotwire.com, orbitz.com, or the rest of the pack of site squealing to get at your wallet! You might find some interesting deals...buyer beware! The act here is to book a room for one or two days in a hotel (preferably in a place a bit more upscale than the Motel 6 located on the side of a highway), in or close to your very own city and have a seemingly spontaneous romantic getaway without the hassle of travel! Just remember to put the "Do not disturb" sign on the doorknob!!!
PLUS: If you find yourself in the New York City area and are will to shell out some dollars for a very cool and ultra hip Vampire inspired hotel right in the Times Square area, be sure to check out the Night Hotel! Even their website is Gothy chic! (The photo at the top of this post is of one of the rooms at the Night Hotel)
ALSO: If you want to have a good chuckle, be sure to check out this article: HotelChatter's 10 Ugliest Hotels Alive!