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Old 12-26-2008, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Arden, NC
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I've stayed at more than a few places with balconies. Lots of beachfront hotels have them, the Homewood Suites I spend a lot of time has them on certain areas (I stay in the same room anyway). I wonder they're not put in as a cost saving measure, maybe a utility saving measure. I stayed at a place in Montego Bay where the AC cut off if the sliding door was open.

I like balconies. It's nice to step outside for a morning smoke and coffee regardless of the weather and if it's not too bad we turn off the hvac and sleep with the windows open.
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Old 12-26-2008, 11:33 AM
 
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GREAT photos, interesting, and well worth admiring.....however, I'd hardly call these representative of 'average' mid-range 'boring' hotels OR motels.

The reason so many hotels, motels...AND chain restaurants are so boring, predictable, and bland, in my opinion, is nothing more complicated than the desire for 'predictability'. Too many people, back in the 'old days', had too many 'surprises' at the end of a long day of travel. A 'mom and pop' operation MAY be inspiring...or NOT. Depends on Mom, and on Pop, and on their sense of the needs of their customer base. There's something to be said for 'boring'.

Want REAL 'creativity'? Forsake your next motel, opting instead for a B & B....just about ANYTHING could happen...but you probably won't be 'bored'.

I prefer boredom.
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Old 12-27-2008, 02:16 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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You're more apt to find balconies at hotels near views worth looking at and worth spending money for. What's the point of a balcony at a hotel in Assbriar Nebraska? Fact is most hotels aren't near anything worth looking at and serve a clientele that is just looking for a cheap place to bed down for the night.
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Old 12-27-2008, 07:31 PM
 
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The reason so many hotels, motels...AND chain restaurants are so boring, predictable, and bland, in my opinion, is nothing more complicated than the desire for 'predictability'. Too many people, back in the 'old days', had too many 'surprises' at the end of a long day of travel. A 'mom and pop' operation MAY be inspiring...or NOT.
After twelve hours working, I want BORING. When I am at a hotel for work, I have no time to sit up on some balcony looking at the cityscape.
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Old 12-27-2008, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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As for the photo's of all these hotels, I'm sure at any of these hotels you won't find a room for $40 or even $50 a night. All over Latin America, where I have stayed, you can find these amenities at 2 and 3-star hotels and the smaller hotels with only 10-15 rooms. One of the reasons they can provide these amenties is the difference in construction. From Mexico southward to Chile I haven't stayed in a hotel built with wood yet, everything is built out of concrete, even the inner walls of the units. I have yet to see a Motel 6 or Super 8 built with concrete, and with that, they could provide a nice rooftop deck for their guests to enhance their enjoyment of their stay there. The hotel developers in this country seem to want to build something as quickly as possible and turn a profit just as quickly. In Las Vegas here we finally have a housing developer who's now building all-concrete homes at scattered sites around the valley, and he claims it costs only $3000 more to use concrete vs. wood. If his claim is correct, then why do these motel/hotel developers choose wood? I feel much safer staying in a concrete building than one built out of wood.

As for the hotels in Las Vegas with balconies, PLEASE! The oldest building at the Sahara Hotel complex has balconies, the newer towers there don't. The oldest building at the Caesar's complex has small, narrow balconies, the newsest towers don't. Mandalay Bay has a balconied 5-star restaurant at the top of the hotel, otherwise no balconies. No balconies at the Paris Hotel, Mirage, Rio, Stratosphere, Harrah's, Flamingo Hilton, balconies for the mega-bucks suites at Bellagio and LV Hilton, none at Treasue Island, Circus Circus,or MGM Grand. The Imperial Palace, being old, has lots of balconies, Bally's (also being older) has sliver balconies, none at the Westin Casurina, none at Wynn or Monte Carlo or New York, New York save top floor balconies for the mega-bucks suites. Luxor, in the new wings, has none, and in the pyramid there is no private balconies, only hallways which serve as balconies. Excalibur? Where are they? And the upcoming City Center and Fountainbleu, I see no balconies whatsoever. NOW, at the new Cosmopolitan being built, LOTS AND LOTS of balconies, which will be next door to the City Center. And if Cosmopolitan could add balconies, why couldn't they add them to the new City Center complex? The Riviera has some upper floor balconies, but again, we're looking at the older buildings built long ago. In downtown Las Vegas on Fremont, you'll find a few of the oldest buildings with balconies, like Las Vegas Club, but not at the Golden Nugget or Fitgerald's.
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:51 AM
 
Location: Va Beach
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I prefer a tricked out pool and dining area vice a room with a balcony.
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:48 PM
 
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Lack of balconies in Vegas in particular is definitely intended to discourage suicides, drunken accidents, and any resulting lawsuits. Of course if someone is really determined to off his or her self they'll always find a way, but why make things easy for them?

Also, Vegas hotel amenities are not geared toward keeping you in your hotel room and away from the casino. The longer you stay in your room the less time you have to lose all your money. This is why coffee makers, mini fridges, etc. are not standard there either.
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC, USA
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I think price does have a lot to do with it, especially with business travel hotels. It is much cheaper to build a glass facade than lots of complex balconies. A business hotel may have an iron, a coffee maker, with coffee, internet access, and a desk, but no balcony. Many business travellers just want a cheap, clean place to sleep, with a little bit of help getting ready for the next day quickly. While a balcony is nice, it is not important, whereas not having your morning coffee is important.

In addition, many hotels are built like most modern office buildings, with a sealed interior and an efficient central climate control system. Having doors and windows opening and closing causes havoc with those systems. I once stayed in an older hotel tower in Orlando Florida, which had balconies. They had a sign by the balcony door asking guests to please not leave the door open because it causes problems with mold, moisture, and the air conditioning system.

Of course, in many northern climates, it makes little sense to have a balcony because it is too cold for half of the year.
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:44 AM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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One thing the U.S. seems to lack is affordable center-city accommodation, especially for solo travellers. You can sleep quite cheaply at a Motel 6 in the suburbs, but if you want to stay right in the city you're going to be paying top $$$ unless you are in a hostel. In Spain, on the other hand, I was able to stay right in the center of Madrid (on C/ Fuencarril, right by Gran Via) for 23 euros per night - about $35 (at the atrocious exchange rate of the time). Sure, I didn't have my own bathroom (but there was one right in the hallway), sure, I had to lug my stuff up a bunch of staircases, and sure, the bed wasn't the best in the world, but it was cheap...and guess what: I even had my own balcony overlooking a VERY busy and interesting street. Try and see what you can get that cheap in an American city (a couple months ago, btw, 23 euros would have equalled $29 / night, now it's more like $32).

Another problem, particularly bad (it seems) in chain hotels: not many channels on the cable system. For some reason, cheap family-run places seem to have 60 channels while (cheaper, at least) chains have 15 channels and a stupid on-demand movie system with ridiculous charges (e.g., $10 for a movie).
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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If there were more reasonably priced lodging choices in our downtown areas with a balcony, and better yet, a rooftop deck, large common areas and courtyards with lots of beautiful plants I'd spend more of my travel dollars in my own country, rather than head south to Latin America or elsewhere. I'm waiting for motel/hotel developers to wake up to the idea that if they added more amenities to their lodgings, like I'm looking for, people might want to spend a extra day or more there, and would eagerly look forward to a return stay.
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