i easily fit the category of “expert traveler”. Logging at least 100,000 miles (mostly domestic) and spending at least 90 nights a year in a rent-a-bed, it isn’t often that a travel experience knocks me over with unexpected goodness.
The recent trip to Seattle? Woo-hoo! It was a geek fest, held at the Hotel1000 – a fun, boutique hotel. The amenities at this place had me alternately giggling and snorting – and feeling like a rock star.
For starters? The room itself was delicious. The bed/desk/minibar were fairly typical, but it was the bathroom that had me just awash* in silliness! It took me a full five minutes to locate the toilet – which was hidden behind a clever frosted glass door next to the shower.
The bath? Ridiculously decadent! Gigantic free-standing tub – orgy-sized! i rooted around upon arrival, thinking that it might be a jacuzzi tub – but alas, it was just a 4-person modern marvel. Best of all? The faucet was in the fucking ceiling!
This kept me amused for no less than an hour. After cleansing* my toilet-related curiousity, i checked out the rest of the room – and discovered that the HDTV on the wall was playing a serene movie – boats, waterfalls, beaches… Farting around a bit with the remote, i learned that there were about 10 different choices – essentially allowing me to customize the wall art in the room! Did i say “WOO HOO!”?
Scrumptious bathrobe, in-room french press coffee maker, ubiquitous Starbucks fresh ground coffee available in massive quantities. The bed? The only thing that could have improved it would have been an in-room cabana boy… A tall, blonde Swedish masseur, named Sven, with no vocal cords, perhaps…
But my favorite moment of the week involved the hotel catering services. Typically at any workshop or meeting, refreshments are provided – maybe fruit and bagels in the morning, with brownies or cookies for an afternoon snack. The Hotel1000 set a new standard, in my opinion, with the afternoon break refreshments on the second day of the meeting.
Cupcakes. Beautifully decorated cupcakes. Gleaming pink frosting, with raspberries. Neon green frosting, with shaved chocolate. Sumptuous ivory cream frosting, with chopped almonds.
i returned from my extended lunch adventure with silverstar to find a beautiful spread of cupcakes outside the meeting room! As we reconvened following the break, i was delighted to sit in the meeting room, and watch some of the worlds best scientific minds debate the nuances of transformational optics – while enthusiastically licking brightly colored frosting from their cupcakes!
Oh, if we’d only been allowed to pull out mats and have a communal afternoon nap on the floor…
* yes. I DID just do that….