Tuesday, November 24, 2009
This hotel is too good for me
It's strange, because you'd think paying an arm and a leg each night would entitle you to, you know, a donut and some milk for breakfast, on the house. Or wireless internet. Or a parking spot, for heaven's sake. But no. Those things cost extra. I found myself cracking open the room service menu our first day here just to see how much it would cost for the convenience of having breakfast at the hotel. It quickly became apparent that just by checking the prices, I had already proved I couldn't afford it. Someone who can spend $25 on toast, jam, and juice doesn't need to check the price list. They just do it.
So we may be staying in a swanky hotel, but we are not acting the part. I walked to the grocery store across the street to pick up some inexpensive breakfast and snack options. We couldn't avoid paying to park in the hotel's own parking garage, but we've left our car untouched the whole time so we didn't have to pay the costly re-entry fees. We did fork out 12 bucks for (wired) internet for one of the two days we stayed here, but we managed to rationalize it since we saved a little money elsewhere.
I don't know how much money you need to make to start being able to afford all the little niceties that are available at high-end hotels, but even if I ever do have that much money, I just can't imagine that I'll choose to spend it on toast and jam room service. Given the choice, there are many other plans I would make for my $25. And that's fine with me.