In my travels this year -- to Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and lately Colombia -- I have almost always stayed in hotels while on the road.
This week, however, I’m staying in an apartment not associated with a hotel. It’s owned by a Colombian named Juan who also owns two apartments that are rented long-term and a country hotel with five rooms near the local airport.
Here Are My Top Ten Reasons to Stay in an Apartment and Not a Hotel...
10. I’m saving about $15 a day compared to the fancy full-service hotel next door.
9. I can sleep whenever I want to without having to be concerned with daily cleaning by the hotel housekeeping.
8. I can heat food here. Most hotels I have stayed at this year provide a small fridge or mini-bar, but no in-room microwave or stove.
7. Nobody else has been using the swimming pool. No kids splashing me, no loud music playing, really peaceful.
6. The apartment is much larger than the typical hotel room I’ve stayed at this year.
5. There’s a second bathroom, which I’m using to dry out my swimming stuff. You might have other uses for a second bathroom for your family or group. There’s also a second bedroom.
4. The refrigerator is much larger than the typical mini-bar fridge.
3. No big lobby or long hallways to negotiate en route to the apartment. Just an easy ride up to the 7th floor.
2. There’s a kitchen with lots of countertop space.
And the #1 reason to stay in an apartment instead of a regular hotel while traveling....
1. There’s a mirror in each bathroom. That’s it.. I don’t have to keep “running into” my mirror image every time I walk between rooms or head out the door.
cccmedia, on the road in Armenia, Colombia