Socially Active through Social Activity, I have a great job, a great wusband, a great life…these are my stories
I love hotels. I used to travel a lot for business. After the excitement of traveling to a new place, staying in a hotel was top of my list. And when you travel in the fashion industry you stay in some lovely hotels.
My love affair with hotels started at a young age. When I was a kid, sometimes we would just leave the house and go stay in a hotel. I mean what’s more fun than room service and sleeping in a bed that you don’t have to make in the morning; towels you can use and throw on the floor; and a pool downstairs? In reality, I wanted to be Eloise, the precocious six year old that lived at the Plaza Hotel (www.eloisewebsite.com). Who wouldn’t want to live at the Plaza Hotel?
I love hotels so much, I briefly considered working as a concierge. Then I realized, I don’t speak anything but English fluently (most speak at least 4 besides English), I’d much rather get tickets for the sold out show and reservations at the hottest restaurant in town for myself. So, that didn’t last long.
One of my favorite lines ever spoken I overheard in the lobby of the Grand Hotel de Milano – Just give me the American Express card. I know what to do with it…a woman after my own heart. Hotel lobbies are perfect spots for people watching. Hotel lobby bars are great places to meet for drinks. I even have a friend that used to hold all of his business meetings in hotel lobbies when he didn’t have an office.
There’s just a certain cache about hotels. They always make everything seem more special and the people that work there are always so hospitable. The wusband and I stayed at the Hyatt O’Hara last summer (www.hyatt.com) when she was playing in a basketball tournament. It was lovely from the blown glass chandeliers to the list of all of the toiletries and other amenities that they provide for you in your room. I still carry the wine key they gave me in my make up bag. The people at the A Loft hotels, really any of the Starwood Hotels, are always kind and wonderful, whenever I get a chance to stay there (www.starwoodhotels.com/alofthotels) and the rooms are sleek and elegant. They took such good care of me in Birmingham when my luggage was lost for two days. I would definitely stay there again.
I’m seriously considering opening a store with just the stuff from hotels. All of those little bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, even shaving cream; jams, honey, ketchup and mustard from room service; I love all of that stuff. And with the way people hoard them in their luggage, I figure I’m not the only one.
If you haven’t stayed in a hotel recently, do it. I suggest you go on to http://www.hotels.com or some other site, find a price that works for you and just pack your bag. It’ll be fun. Even if you’re only across town from your house, it’ll still feel special.
Go on, you deserve it. Make sure you order something decadent and ridiculous from room service (and keep the tiny ketchup bottle).