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I feel a little weird “admitting” this, but I truly think that (nice) hotels make my family’s life better. I don’t mean it like the way that Nicolas Cage’s character did in movie The Family Man, when the several thousand dollar suit jacket he tried on made him feel like a “better man”. Nice hotels don’t make me feel more important or successful or whatever, but they do still seem to make my family’s life just a little better than it would have been otherwise. Let me try to explain…
As I have mentioned, my family is working on a house that we own in another city this weekend in order to put it back on the market (oh Lord, please let it sell this time!). Frankly put, it’s a crappy task all the way around. It’s even crappier that the timing worked out that we are spending a weekend in December filling holes in the wall, doing yard work, doing touch-up paint, etc… when we would all rather be ice skating, visiting Santa, or wrapping presents. We do have some friends and family members in the city where our empty house is that would have certainly let us crash with them for the weekend, but we all know how it is when you invade someone else’s space, especially when you throw a toddler into the mix. Instead, we decided to try and make this weekend a little more tolerable by staying at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines. We stayed there before over the summer and loved it. Since winter is kind of their “off season”, we were able to score a great rate this weekend. With the deal we got the rooms were under $150 a night for this top notch resort! Given that the rate was so good, we booked rooms both for us and my parents, who are graciously donating their weekend to help us with our house. We also used confirmed Diamond suite upgrades so that both of our rooms would be as nice as possible.
So, instead of relying on someone else to cook us supper, or pick up nasty drive-thru food, we had a healthy meal in our from room service. (Okay, C’s macaroni and cheese probably wasn’t the healthiest selection).
Instead of crashing on someone else’s couch, C was able to take her nap in a super comfy bed in a quiet room.
Instead of trying to keep her safe from power tools and away from the paint by bring her to the house to work all day, C got to ride horses.
Perhaps best of all, after a day of hard work on the house, we are all able to sit by the fire in the hotel lobby together and stare at the beautiful Christmas tree. It isn’t the same as enjoying a weekend in December at home, but it’s not too shabby.
We’re not really a fancy or “fussy” family, but like anyone else we do like to enjoy ourselves. We are extremely fortunate that we have the ability to turn a “work weekend” into a work/family fun weekend. We certainly aren’t wealthy, so had the rate not been as low as it was, we would have very likely used points to make this weekend happen. I am very grateful that these days you don’t have to be rolling in money to enjoy high quality accommodations and resorts, you just have to be strategic with some points earnings and plan ahead. Tonight we will make s’mores by the campfire and bundle up to watch the outdoor showing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. Tomorrow we will get back to work on our house, but for tonight staying here made our lives just a little bit better.
I will do more through write-up of our stay in a later post, but now it is time to go walk alongside the Colorado River with Little C. Thanks to points, good deals, and elite status for helping bring a little more relaxation and fun into our family’s life. What have points and great resorts done for your family?