According to us kids, my dad is good at earning money. He’s even better at earning reward points. It’s a long running joke in our family that our dad knows Mr. Marriott himself since he use to deliver salt to his house in Provo, UT. He’s an ‘elite’ member, and raised his family on Marriott hotels. Imagine our dismay when we realized Cassidy forgot to book the hotel and we ended up at a Motel 6. Bruce and Colton have been giving me a hard time lately, and asking for my approval of a hotel before we stay there. I guess I’m a tiny bit of a hotel snob, but when Comfort Inn is the worst hotel I’ve stayed at who can blame me? With this post, I’m setting the standard that our family holds to a hotel.
There has to be a good breakfast bar; waffles, cold cereal, bagels, oatmeal, and a juice machine at the very least. I always feel bad for the attendant in the morning after the kids raid the line. I’ve seen Zerin try every single thing that they have — coffee excluded, obviously. We walk in and a feeding frenzy erupts. We have a favorite hotel in Seattle where we made a Snickers waffles with peanut butter, chocolate chips, syrup, caramel sauce, whipped cream and a little bit of cinnamon. Breakfast isn’t just the most important meal of the day, it’s the most important sign of a perfect hotel.
We have hot chocolate along with our orange juice, apple juice, cranberry cocktail, and milk in the morning to accompany our meal, but it really deserves its own category. Since breakfast isn’t out when we check in at night we’re left to raid the drink bar. We aren’t picky at all when it comes to the brand of hot chocolate mix, but with the creamers we have it down to a science. Most hotels only have Vanilla, Hazelnut and Original creamers so our go-to is just 3 French Vanilla’s per cup. The best hotels have Irish Cream and Caramel. When that happens it’s 2 French Vanilla’s and 1 creamer of your choice. It takes about 5 minutes for the hotel to run out of their hotel stock of hot chocolate mix. I always try to imagine what the attendants are thinking when we’re done (Utah Mormon families *eye roll*).
After we drink the hotel out of hot chocolate, we stop to visit the pool. There are some pools that are so small just our family exceeds the occupancy level. A good hotel has a hot tub with jets that we can all squeeze into along with a pretty large pool for the kids to play and splash in. And there is a lot of splashing that goes on. In Rapid City, South Dakota we got a surprise to find out that the pool was actually an Indoor Water Park! The final test in the water department is whether they have enough towels for everybody or not, and to the person left with out one this is a pretty big rating factor.
You know how people always say that they like cleaning other people’s house more than their own? That’s kind of how we feel when we go to a new weight room. The machines work the same muscles that they did before, but for some reason it’s just more fun when you haven’t been there before. Moriah writes down workouts for each of us, and then we go to work. Once I forgot to bring in shoes, and ended up having to do weights in my biking clips. My face wasn’t just red from my work out when Darrell came in and wondered what I was wearing.
The Actual Rooms
It seems strange that this is the last subject, but this is where we spend the least amount of time (awake). As long as there are two beds, comfy pillows, and enough floor room for everyone to lay out a sleeping bag we’re doing fine. We don’t really care about the blankets, because nobody uses them. For my dad, he just wants an AC that can go below 50 degrees.
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And for the record, I am most definitely NOT a spoiled hotel snob.