On the Road Again

I spend about four weeks of the year on business trips. Some people seem to think the life of a business traveler must be wonderful. After all, we get to go to so many places! We must see so much!

Alas, though I have been to many states and some fabulous cities, I almost never get to explore. I can't tell you how many times I've been to the Chicago area, but I have never stepped foot into the city.

Anyway, here's a look at my first stop of the week. I'm in Boston right now and though I lived here for years, I am in a new-to-me hotel in the suburbs, the Doubletree Bedford. I'm pleasantly surprised by how nice it is.

The pillow situation is a little odd, but the bathroom is a nice touch.

Did you know that some hotel brands are getting rid of desks? The thinking is that people would rather work on their laptop in a comfortable chair or in bed. I hated this trend when I first encountered it at a Hyatt in Kentucky. I'm so happy Hilton didn't follow suit in this newly renovated Doubletree.

I think using some space for a small refrigerator (under the coffee station) is a smart use of the space. I hate not having a place to stash leftovers or some drinks in a hotel room.

There's definitely less drawer space in this room. I imagine they did some research and found that people aren't staying for an extended period of time. 

I'm kind of shocked by how generous this hotel is with toiletries. So many hotels have cut back in this area in recent years. 

I had an event at the hotel last night and the ballroom was pretty impressive. It's one of the nicer ballrooms I've seen in recent years.

I'm almost sad to pack up and leave this morning. On to Maine next...


  1. Lovely hotel. I can understand why more and more places are getting rid of desks, I prefer to sit in comfy chairs too, but I'd rather sit in a comfy chair AT a desk. It definitely looks like the one in your room is an upgrade from many I've seen.

    Enjoy your stay in Maine, and good luck staying cool! The last couple of days have been fall-like, but temps are supposed to skyrocket to the high 80s/low 90s over the next few days.

  2. When I worked for the airlines, I was based out of ORD for SIX MONTHS and still never once managed to set foot in the city. Flew over it about one billion time (hellooooo, Navy Pier!), but never got closer than the airport Westin.

  3. Nice room! I don't understand hotels getting rid of desks. I hate having my laptop literally in my lap! I always prefer a sturdy surface.

  4. Next time you're in the Chicago area, I volunteer to take you out and show you a good time!


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