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Old 10-24-2014, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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It depends where I'm going and what's available. So often these days it seems almost impossible to find something between the $60/night room with dirty windows, thin linens that should have been replaced ten years ago, usually in hotels built in the 1950s or 1960s and never remodeled vs. the $500/night luxury suite that is supposed to offer perfection.

On a road trip up the northern coast of California last year, it was exhausting trying to find decent hotels, and I don't know what I would have done without Google Maps and Street View! Most of those towns are very run down and poor, so we ended up staying at various Best Westerns for the most part. I think those rooms averaged $150 a night. I booked them in advance, because at this age I couldn't bear to just take whatever is available. Some of the hotels we passed in the smaller towns were downright frightening.

I like to visit national parks, and because they're national parks, the lodging nearby is limited. At Kings Canyon National Park, we stayed at a lodge in the park, but the walls were thin, and the people above us were partying all night.
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Old 10-25-2014, 11:20 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I am sure you won't be driving if you are traveling in Istanbul, or Paris or Tokyo.
really? why not driving?

I'm doing so in Manilla today(left hand drive), Bangkok for last 8 months(Right hand drive), Paris and most of Europe many times, Including ferries between Left and Right hand drive roads, and really weird places too! But not yet in Istanbul. Maybe next yr on my RTW trip. I often feel safer / faster on a motorcycle. But tough to read the map and ride! Need Google Glasses with GPS app!
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Old 10-25-2014, 11:26 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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It depends where I'm going and what's available. So often these days it seems almost impossible to find something between the $60/night room with dirty windows, thin linens that should have been replaced ten years ago, usually in hotels built in the 1950s or 1960s and never remodeled vs. the $500/night luxury suite that is supposed to offer perfection.

On a road trip up the northern coast of California last year, it was exhausting trying to find decent hotels, and I don't know what I would have done without Google Maps and Street View! Most of those towns are very run down and poor, so we ended up staying at various Best Westerns for the most part. I think those rooms averaged $150 a night. I booked them in advance, because at this age I couldn't bear to just take whatever is available. Some of the hotels we passed in the smaller towns were downright frightening.

I like to visit national parks, and because they're national parks, the lodging nearby is limited. At Kings Canyon National Park, we stayed at a lodge in the park, but the walls were thin, and the people above us were partying all night.
Oh, you make me SO glad to not be using hotels anymore! Thanks for the memories, sorry to hear some folks are still in hotels. ( I just had to book one in HongKong next month, but at least it is free (mileage)).

I will enjoy the $10 guest homes even more! and no partying / safety / smoking / noise / bedbugs! / musty rooms. (hotels can be down right 'creepy' for single gals or mom's and daughters. )

I have booked 40 nights in guest homes during Nov and Dec. So far have spent $ ZERO on booking fees or prepay... and if my plans change... no cancellation fee required.
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Old 10-25-2014, 03:22 PM
 
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I generally look for the most reasonably, nice property in the given market that I am staying.

The best one recently was a Super 8 in Las Vegas, NEW MEXICO. The hotel was the cleanest hotel that I had been in in years. They replaced all the carpeting with a nice laminated wood flooring. That had a cooked to order breakfast with a large many. Each night, they offer homemade soups and breads. The couple running the place are very helpful.
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Old 10-25-2014, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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I tend to stay at more budget friendly hotels. When traveling I use my hotel room to sleep and spend most my time out having fun.
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Old 10-25-2014, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Being retired we travel frequently and our choice of decent hotels is in the $70.00 to $90.00 range has been the Best Western or La Quintas hotels with their AAA rates.
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Old 10-25-2014, 08:24 PM
 
Location: USA
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Last time I was in NYC, I had the opportunity to stay in the condo of a very wealthy relative of my sister-in-law. Location was in a high rise on Columbus Circle and we walked to Lincoln Center one evening. There was a powerful telescope in one of the rooms. I didn't much like the idea that someone across the way had theirs aimed at us, if they did. We were there 4 nights. Very nice place. Probably my one and only time to experience the other side.
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Old 10-25-2014, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Utah
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We're pretty low maintenance and typically stay at Choice Hotels since I'm in the rewards program and can frequently pick up free stays, especially when road-tripping and not spending a significant amount of time in the room. Occasionally we'll splurge and stay at a nice hotel when we're visiting a city.
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Old 10-25-2014, 11:59 PM
 
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Fairly low-maintenence, too. I had mentioned in another thread that I usually try to lodge at Red Lions whenever I can. They tend to have pretty decent rates booking through 1-800 Priceline (never seen one for more than US$80/night on there).

I've also had good luck, generally, with Comfort Inns (Suites?) when a RL isn't available (i.e. I'm too far east).
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Old 10-26-2014, 12:03 AM
 
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Hate hotels. When I am vacationing, usually in Hawaii, I rent a home. I need to relax and sit on a nice couch in a living room, and cook in a nice kitchen. If I have to travel for work, then they chose the hotel.
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