WTF is this blog about?!

October 20, 2009

I travel too much. Really. And that means I spend way too many nights in hotels.

I also pretty much abhor big chains (you guys can keep your hotel points!), so I am always on the lookout for interesting places to stay.

Over years of travel I developed a heuristic for separating the wheat from the chaff when it comes to hotels. You can find the rule in the name of the blog—NO PLASTIC SHOWERS.  Simple.  And effective.

You see, hotels that don’t have plastic showers tend to be interesting places to stay. They tend to have good bars with a decent top shelf, interesting public spaces, and rooms that don’t have the same feel as a hamster cage.

The worst offenders of all are big chains featuring plastic showers built over plastic bathtubs with those bent out shower rods made to accommodate walmart shoppers.  Eww.

On the other side of the spectrum, I do have a list of hotels I like.  To give you some sense of where I stand, my favorite chain is the Kimpton boutique hotel chain.  But I often travel to new cities and am foist into new places.

This blog will report my hotel adventures and will feature pictures of actual showers from places where I’ve stayed.

We’ll start tomorrow with an example of the kind of hotel to avoid!

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