Sleeping in until 10 only to wake to a beautiful view of the Mississippi River isn’t an everyday experience. Getting to casually enjoy my cup of Keurig coffee with that view before going down for a swim in a historic hotel’s basement lap pool is also a rarity, especially for a family traveler. But on this overnight getaway to the Madison Hotel in Downtown Memphis without our son, it was an accurate picture of my morning. And this one-hour snapshot of the Madison Hotel doesn’t capture the full picture of what makes this property so unique – and relaxing.
There are three things that stand out about the Omni Royal Orleans hotel in New Orleans: its location, awesome rooftop and quiet rooms. Being in the heart of the French Quarter gives the Omni Royal Orleans a major check mark. But being in the heart of the Quarter could be a problem for those wanting a good night sleep, which is why the peace and quiet at the Omni Royal Orleans is a second feather in the hotel’s cap. And the third, well, that rooftop and its great views of the Mississippi River and nearby St. Louis Cathedral speaks for itself.
If location is king, then the Omni Hotel at CNN Center rules the roost in Downtown Atlanta. The two towers of the Omni are connected to CNN Center and Phillips Arena, and is across the street from the Georgia World Congress Center. For the purposes of our NBA Road Trip visit to see the Hawks play against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Omni Hotel at CNN Center would play a prominent role in determining if our Atlanta weekend would be a success.
The Rail Yard district is just across the street from the Santa Fe Sage Inn, providing dining and shopping options.
On our fall trip to New Mexico, we had the opportunity to stay three nights in the Santa Fe Sage Inn, a Downtown accommodation located just out of the historic district but close enough to still enjoy the fun. In fact, we were just across the street from the up-and-coming Santa Fe Rail Yard District and its farmers market, a positive for us considering we’re always looking for neighborhoods on the rise.
Enjoying one of the many events at the 2013 TBEX conference in Toronto, my first and only experience staying in a hostel.
I’ll be honest, I’ve only stayed in one hostel. And other than my contact lenses getting thrown out mistakenly by the cleaning crew (long story), I have no complaints about the stay. The room was clean, my roommates were pleasant and everyone in the facility was friendly. But I think we all get a feel for when something makes sense for us as travelers, and staying in hostels just isn’t my cup of tea. Here are my pros and cons of hostels.