Happy and/or Random Thoughts #3

IndyLady

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1. I love karaoke, now that I've done it a couple times, which is totally unexpected because it's never been something I was interested in. No word on what the audience really thinks.

2. After my brief trip over the holidays, I'm starting to consciously and unapologetically realize that I would prefer simple "no frills" hotels (think Holiday Inn Express) to alleged luxury hotels (like one of the famous ones on the Vegas strip or the ones they hold professional conferences at). I would rather just have an easily accessible room with a comfortable bed, microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. High end with a view does me no good when it takes 5+ minutes to get down to the lobby, and coffee is only available at the hotel Starbucks, and there's no free/convenient way to store food or other items that need refrigeration. 2-3 stars seems to suit me better than 4+ stars.
 

Joe

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I had planned on eating healthily today. I brought my lunch of soba noodles, veggies and tofu even. But one of my coworkers spent the holidays in the Netherlands and there was a box full of *real* Belgian chocolates by the coffee maker this morning. Really, I feel like it would be just *rude* to not partake...
If you don't tell, I won't tell.
 

bia

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2. After my brief trip over the holidays, I'm starting to consciously and unapologetically realize that I would prefer simple "no frills" hotels (think Holiday Inn Express) to alleged luxury hotels (like one of the famous ones on the Vegas strip or the ones they hold professional conferences at). I would rather just have an easily accessible room with a comfortable bed, microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. High end with a view does me no good when it takes 5+ minutes to get down to the lobby, and coffee is only available at the hotel Starbucks, and there's no free/convenient way to store food or other items that need refrigeration. 2-3 stars seems to suit me better than 4+ stars.
I agree. Plus most likely free parking, wifi, and often breakfast, unlike at the fancier places. That said, the comfortable bed part of the equation is central. In one recent attempt to apply this rule, the hotel was otherwise fine but the sheets were rough enough to interfere with my sleep. (And I do enjoy a fluffy towel, though that's less decisive.) So making sure that the no-frills place still spends enough for nice enough linens has become my major criterion.
 

IndyLady

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I agree. Plus most likely free parking, wifi, and often breakfast, unlike at the fancier places. That said, the comfortable bed part of the equation is central. In one recent attempt to apply this rule, the hotel was otherwise fine but the sheets were rough enough to interfere with my sleep. (And I do enjoy a fluffy towel, though that's less decisive.) So making sure that the no-frills place still spends enough for nice enough linens has become my major criterion.
Yup, this most recent hotel had all three of those, which I definitely appreciated. I think I'm just getting jaded, but a lot of the alleged "high end" hotels seem to provide less, but for a lot more money.
 

3wishes

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Yup, this most recent hotel had all three of those, which I definitely appreciated. I think I'm just getting jaded, but a lot of the alleged "high end" hotels seem to provide less, but for a lot more money.
I know!!! I cancelled a comp at a great city, because after yet another hotel fee although I was using points for the overnight, $25 for a microwave to be brought to room (huh???), $25 for a fridge, room service menu that $$ were ridiculous,no coffee set up in the room, and this was a supposed 5 star hotel, and we've stayed in really nice with a view hotels where these charges didn't exist and we will continue to seek those out, DH final straw,, the charge for a microwave on a nightly basis, so cancelling saved us buco bucks,,not for dancing, but just the sheer $$$ of hotel charges, good GOD!!
 

Loki

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So...when does Southwest start flying to Europe and Asia? :)
Not for a long time, if ever. A big part of their biz model is flying one aircraft, the 737. I don't think a 37 will ever have transoceanic range. OTOH, technology marches on and biz models do change.
 

cornutt

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Not for a long time, if ever. A big part of their biz model is flying one aircraft, the 737. I don't think a 37 will ever have transoceanic range. OTOH, technology marches on and biz models do change.
The 737 MAX and A320neo models will have trans-Atlantic range. Airlines have to come up with something to replace the 757's, which are getting old in the tooth.
 

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