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Old 12-26-2008, 04:55 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I have traveled a great deal throughout Central/South America and what makes the journies so memorable is the hotels and motels. So many of these places I've stayed in, even the smallest of hotels, offer nice rooftop decks where the guests can go up there and get a 360 degree view of the city or use it as a place to sunbathe or swing on a hammock and read a book or look up at the stars. A great number of them have huge, spacious balconies and inner countyards that aren't filled with cars, but lots of nice trees, shurbs and flowers and nice lounge chairs to read, relax and meet other guests. To me, a room is not a room unless it has a nice balcony and why do so many hotels/motels in the U.S. skimp on adding balconies? I have been told that the U.S. is a highly litigious country and they don't add balconies because of lawsuits or city ordinances. I don't understand that. Here, in Las Vegas, where I live, you hardly see a balcony on any of the new hotels being built here. And you can't even open a window in many of the hotels for some fresh air. Are they are afraid people might jump for fall off the balcony? I really don't think it's a fear of lawsuits by the developers but just a way of saving money in construction costs. A few years back, someone smashed out a window on a high floor at Circus Circus hotel, with no balcony, and jumped to his death. Think of all the glass that fell to the street or onto people walking down below! And yes, the body could have landed on someone and killed him or her as well. Everywhere I travel in this country I have to look long and hard for my prized room with a balcony, but it's tough going. It shouldn't be that way!

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Old 12-26-2008, 05:13 AM
 
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I hear you tijlover balconies are nice. If someone is really determined to jump off a building they will find a way. I stayed at a place once where you could get a room with a balcony for for an extra $10, went ahead and payed for it.
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Old 12-26-2008, 06:30 AM
 
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Some hotels have balconies, some don't. Some hotels have rooftop decks, some don't. I'm sure it's the same way all over the world. I would say that you might choose your U.S. hotels a little more closely and get those amenities that are important to you.

A few Atlanta hotels with balconies:

Midtown Residence Inn

The Residence Inn on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tigger89/189480610/ - broken link)


Atlanta Sheraton

View of Sheraton Atlanta on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/auntiec/2833366150/ - broken link)


Georgian Terrace Hotel

http://www.flickr.com/photos/highstrungloner/999690324/ (broken link)


The Four Seasons

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mccord/20623375/ (broken link)


Renaissance Midtown Hotel

Renaissance Hotel on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/procrast8/174159949/ - broken link)


W Hotel Downtown

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24602237@N02/2956528835/ (broken link)


Renaissance Concourse Hotel

Atlanta Renaissance Hotel at the Airport on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brent_nashville/504901235/ - broken link)



Some Atlanta hotels with rooftop decks:

Georgian Terrace Hotel

Georgian Terrace Rooftop Pool on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arianr/2840280991/ - broken link)

The Glenn Hotel

glenn2 on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/highrise78/2645602834/ - broken link)

W Midtown

Pool Deck on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kcweiss/2526059435/ - broken link)

Hilton Hotel Downtown

MART 8935 on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/extracreditcrafts/2672609375/in/photostream/ - broken link)
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Old 12-26-2008, 06:36 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Sorry but the amenities in an average (for the money) American hotel have it all over something comparable in the rest of the world. Especially with regard to the sleeping arrangements; I've slept on some really lousy mattresses abroad.
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Old 12-26-2008, 07:00 AM
 
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It isn't a thread about hotels, but about balconies and rooftop decks at U.S. hotels.
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Old 12-26-2008, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Scarsdale, NY
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It isn't a thread about hotels, but about balconies and rooftop decks at U.S. hotels.
Most of those hotels have rooftops you can go out on. And it's also about "Why are American Hotels/Motels so boring?" I answered back by saying it ain't New York's hotels you're talking about.
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Old 12-26-2008, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Pompano Beach, Florida
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I think your lying or you're looking at very cheap hotels. I've never stayed at a hotel without a balcony even at Holiday inn I've had a balcony. If you stay at the luxurious hotels in Vegas, Mandalay Bay, the Venitian, Bellagio, the Wynn, Paris, even Ceaser's Palace you find balconies. Even if you stay at cheaper hotels like Luxor, New York New York, or The Excaliber you will find balconies. I've never stayed at Circus Circus but judging from the apperance of the hotel and the reviews from others I think it is a low quality, low price hotel. If a hotel skips out on a balcony then its because their trying to save money and usually the person who stays and that hotel won't complain about a balacony view or not, where in higher end hotels people will complain over an ocean view or just a pool view.
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Old 12-26-2008, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Here's some Louisville hotels:


Featured in Southern Living: http://www.21chotel.com/hotel/
from Flickr
(http://www.21chotel.com/hotel/ - broken link)


The Galt House: also from flickr: Galt House on Flickr - Photo Sharing! Galt West from East on Flickr - Photo Sharing!


Holiday Inn Louisville-I-264-Apt Area E,Ky - Louisville, Kentucky KY - Discounte ...
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Old 12-26-2008, 08:42 AM
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Location: Ohio
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I have been told that the U.S. is a highly litigious country and they don't add balconies because of lawsuits or city ordinances.
You provided the best answer to your question.
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