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Would You Live In A Hotel If You Could?

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November 1, 2011 at 9:40 AM | by | ()

Making the internet rounds yesterday was the story of Joy Bricker, a 79-year-old woman who has spent the past ten years living at the TownePlace Suites Falls Church. And not 'living' as in, she commuted every week between the Virginia hotel and her home. No. The hotel itself was her home, and she loved it.

As she numbered off to the Washington Post the perks of living in a hotel—no utility bills, free breakfast, free wi-fi—we were suddenly struck with the idea that we, too, might enjoy the prospect of life in an extended stay property.

For starters, the cleanliness! We'd never have to do another house chore in our life. And if we chose our room carefully, we might wind up with a killer view right next to our bed—now that is something we'd never get tired of.

 It wouldn't be hard for a hotel's per-month rate to compete with, or even beat, the average monthly rent in New York City. Let's say you persuaded a hotel to dip down to $60 a night—with the guarantee that you'd be paying for all 30 nights at once, up front. That total, $1800, is not much higher than what you'd pay for a 1 Bedroom or Studio in the East Village or Williamsburg.

And in the case of the hotel, you'd at least know that your money was going to something other than just a rat-infested hole the space itself. Service, when you're living alone, is a wonderful thing.

A standard La Quinta or Fairfield Inn rate hovers at around $130-$150 per night. But, just like Joy Bricker did at the TownPlace Suites, it's always, always worth asking if the hotel can negotiate a better rate. Just remember to smile at the General Manager. If all goes to plan, you're going to be seeing a lot of each other.

Would you give up your apartment to live in a hotel? Would it have to be a trendy hotel, or would a simple one do? How much would you be willing to pay? Let us know in the comments below!

[Photo: Best Western Plus, Four Points by Sheraton]

Archived Comments:


Could this be the future of retirement living?

Hell yea

I'd be a very happy old man if I lived in a hotel. And popular too; the other guys at the retirement homes would all come to my place to party.