Tuesday, May 23, 2017
I have kept a written record, sort of a travel log book, of all of the hotels I have stayed in since 2005. I have spent 435 nights in hotels, since I started keeping track, 14.5 months.
Most of them are forgettable. A nice place to stay, but nothing that I will remember afterward. A few stand out as particularly bad, a handful wonderfully good.
You don't forget the hotel where you killed the bedbug, or had to haul your luggage over the roll of carpeting in the hallway, or the rooms that smell so strongly of smoke that they keep you awake.
You also don't forget the room you arrived at late at night, and woke up the next morning to a spectacular view of a lake. In Honolulu I had a balcony with a spectacular view of the Pacific. Occasionally I end up with a stand out room, a large corner room in a high rise in Philly - an apology from the front desk that lost track of the fact that I was waiting for a room to be cleaned and sat working on my laptop for almost 3-hours. The Fairmont in San Francisco, the Langham in Chicago, the Pan Pacific in Seattle are rooms that stood out for being over the top elegant. Occassionally something old and special like the Ferme de le Ranconniere in Crepon, France - in Normandy near the D-Day beaches - a converted farm and castle. Then there was the converted Monastery in western France.
I tend to book brand names, newer hotels. Places that are very predictable - meaning hard to remember. I need to remember to book the interesting smaller hotels when I can.
Do you keep track of the hotels you stay in or otherwise keep a travel log?