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Hotel Alone

So I’m up in Toronto for a travel blogging convention called TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange).  Yeah, they actually have a convention for travel bloggers.  Go figure.  But I guess it’s pretty easy to fill an international travel convention with travel bloggers, since travel bloggers like to travel.  This could be the most meta convention there is, unless steel workers are having one at a construction site somewhere.

That’s not why I’m writing this post.  I’m writing this post because for the first time in my life, I’m staying in a hotel room by myself.  Here’s a picture:

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Here’s another one:

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Huge, right?  Now, this isn’t me bragging.  First off, I wouldn’t be staying at this place if it weren’t for the incredible TBEX discount I got.  And still, even with the discount, I’m spending more on accommodations than I’ve ever spent before anywhere.  But the price does include a hot breakfast, free internet, and the hotel is right in downtown Toronto, a few minutes walk from the convention.  As the TV show Parks and Recreation says, “Treat yourself.”  The room is twice as expensive as a hostel, but I would argue it’s at least three times as luxurious.  So if I go by my sound, mathematical logic, I’m making out pret-ty well.

I’ve stayed in hotel rooms before, but I’ve always shared them.  I’ve had to share the bathroom and the closet space and argue over what to watch on TV.  And when I stayed in hostels?  Forget it.  It’s communal everything in those places.  Not so in Toronto.  Right now, I feel like Kevin McCallister in Home Alone after he happily realizes he has the entire house to himself.  And then he has that really fun montage of all the awesome stuff he does, like ordering a cheese pizza and scaring the delivery guy with firecrackers.

I’m basically living that movie.  I have a lovely hotel room just for me.  Already, I’ve taken advantage of my independence.  Just scattered my luggage throughout the room.  I’ve got the space!  Why not?  And it’s not like someone’s going to tell me to put it away neatly.  I can do whatever I want!  I’m an adult!  Yeah, I don’t need six pillows on my bed, but they gave me six pillows.  I’m going to sleep with six pillows!  It’s possible.  I’ll figure out how.  Don’t have to close the door when I use the bathroom.  Who’s going to look?  No one!  I’m an adult!

I know later in Home Alone, Kevin gets incredibly lonely and realizes he can’t live without his family.  But that’s after, like, a lot of real fun scenes.  Remember when he buys the toothpaste and has to run onto the skating rink to escape a policeman?  Or when he scares off bumbling burglars with his quick thinking and keen use of shadow puppets?  I mean, yeah, eventually Kevin looks deep within himself and realizes human connections are crucial to experiencing life at its fullest, but I’m not going to get all existential over one weekend alone in a hotel room.  Nope.  It’s just giant bowls of ice cream and watching late night scary movies for me.

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May 2013
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Hotel La Ferme, Quebec

There’s a great hotel to check out in the Charlevoix region of Quebec.  What is it?  Why, it’s Hotel La Ferme, the hotel in this video!  Inside the hotel, it’s like an IKEA with better made furniture.  And the hotel is really close to some great skiing, I hear.  I “hear” about the skiing because I visited in the fall, and even if I were there in winter, I wouldn’t be skiing.  I try to avoid opportunities to break my legs.  That’s why I never borrow money from gangsters.

Another great thing about the hotel: their restaurant, Les Labours.  This ain’t your American hotel restaurant that you eat at just because it’s convenient.  This place is legit.  And if you’re still hungry, why not hop on the Massif de Charlevoix Train for a gastro train trip, which just happens to have a station at the hotel?

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Apr 2013
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Hotel Manoir Victoria, Quebec

Quebec City has many hotel choices, including the iconic Chateau Frontenac.  Thanks to capitalism, all of these hotels are vying for your hard-earned money.  Might I suggest Hotel Manoir Victoria?  It’s smack dab in the middle of the good stuff and has a healthy amount of amenities.  If I keep writing, I’ll just be repeating myself in the video, so why not do us both a favor and click play.

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Feb 2013
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HI’s D.C. Hostel: great location, great price

If you need a cheap bed in a good, central location of Washington D.C., then this place is for you.  You couldn’t book a broom closet in a nearby hotel for the price they charge.  Just remind yourself before checking in that this place isn’t a hotel, it’s a hostel.  But with all the amenities (yes, a hostel with amenities!), it does border on something more than a hostel.  Sure, you still have to wear flip flops in the shower, but that’s a small price to pay for free wifi.

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Jun 2011
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Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas

Given the current turmoil in Egypt, odds are you probably won’t be visiting that country any time soon.  Don’t worry!  There’s a very safe, very gaudy alternative to flying all the way to the middle east and seeing the Great Pyramids.  It’s in Las Vegas and it’s called the Luxor Hotel.  I’m sure Pharaohs are turning over in their pyramids with this Egyptian-themed casino hotel.  The massive black pyramid houses the hotel rooms and the slot machines.  And the many Starbucks’.  And a food court inexplicably themed as a modern city skyline.  And a theater that has a striptease show and Carrot Top.  Yes, none of this may seem Egyptian, but it’s in a pyramid, and for Vegas, that’s all that matters.

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Apr 2011
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