Ever have one of those days where you wake up in a bathtub full of ice in a hotel room with one of your kidneys gone?
On the drive back from Vegas this weekend, the road got icy in the mountains near Vail, so I decided I better pull off and stay at a hotel, or sleep in the car if necessary. I wasn’t happy about it. Even though it was after 2am, I was jacked up on Mountain Dew, and just wanted to finish the last ninety miles to get home.
I got off the interstate at the next exit. The roads were nasty slick, and I slid around the dark collection of motels and gas stations until I saw a skanky motel whose “Vacancy” sign was lit. My car couldn’t make it up the motel’s hilly entrance, so I parked in an open flat area below, grabbed a bag, and walked five minutes in the freezing precipitation to get to the motel entrance, finding footing anywhere I could.
Back on this day in 2013 I was staying in a hotel, put a coffee cup next to the tv, started pouring cream, and static electricity pulled the cream into the tv. Cool.
Personally, I only rarely get good WiFi access in hotels with “free WiFi,” but apparently one hotel in London is confident in their network, and uses Android tablets instead of light switches. But oops, they use physical ethernet cables, and because people who run hotels generally don’t know much about network security, it gets comically bad very quickly. The full story is here.
One thing I learned on vacation this week: It doesn’t hurt to ask for the “biggie” hotel room. Turns out they had a really nice discount on this nice size suite, which was much more comfortable than the usual little hotel room. (This room is a “mini suite” at The Lodge at Santa Fe, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.)
Whoever does the marketing for the Lodge at Santa Fe, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, does a great job.
The Arctic Caribou Inn. The "Hilton" of Deadhorse, Alaska.