What I Look for in a Hotel

Walking out of my very fine hotel room in the Grand Hyatt — part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.

The last few days have had me in east Florida, central Saskatewan, Dallas, and Lubbock, Texas.  I am in serious need of a descent hill.  When I checked out of the Grand Hyatt, which is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, and one of the swankier places I’ve stayed in.  Very modern, roomie, flat screen TV, marble desk, scandanavian lamps, and cool minimalist (but comfortable) furniture.  In contrast, I stayed at the Saskatoon Inn, while in Saskatchewan, and its lack of amenities (such as a bed lamp, clock, sufficient light…) was a topic of conversation at the conference.  But when I walked out of the Grand Hyatt, it occured to me that I really wasn’t that much more satisfied with that experience than Saskatoon.

So what does bring me satisfaction when mostly I rarely look further desk and computer, either working or watching Netflix.  Two features make the difference, I’ve concluded.

  • A descent desk chair.
  • A place to walk and watch.

The desk chair is obvious.  But I need to explain the walking a bit. 

I’m not talking about a tread mill.  I don’t use them.  I do not abid them.  It’s the Jetsons.  I’m not knocking people who use them.  It’s just a personal preference, that when I’m walking, it’s to get somewhere and/or to see something — and the memorable hotels, for me, or situated someplace where I can take a long walk.

Usually, they are in town or in the city, so I can walk out the door and explore.  Philladelphia, New York, Chicago, Vancouver and especially San Francisco are perfect for this.  But less grand cities work just as well, such as Fort Worth, Madison, Portland (both), New Orleans, and Columbus.

I’m not sure why I’m writing this here, except that sometimes I feel a need to escape the work mode, switch off, and smell the roses.  Now, off to the airport in about an hour, bound for ICE in Illinois.

Take a walk!

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Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.