Ever Wished You Could Live In A Hotel? Meet The Man Who Did for Three Years
Here's some news to make even the most assiduous of hotel geeks jealous: the knowledge that however many days you spend on the road for work or pleasure, however many SPG points you own, however much you might be the spitting image of Ryan Bingham in every other sense, you will never be as thorough a hotel spod as the man pictured above.
Because Paul Carr, said man pictured above and a British author, spent three years living in hotels. Not "staying" in them. Not "practically living" in them. Actually living in them - as in, giving up his apartment in London, stuffing all he wanted to possess into a suitcase (or a "large leather duffel bag", if what he says here is true), and spending his life moving from hotel to hotel around the world.
Luckily (or unluckily, if you succumb easily to the green-eyed monster), he's written about the whole thing in a book, The Upgrade, which will be published in the UK next month and the US early next year. According to the blurb:
Thanks to Paul’s highly-developed blagging skills, what begins as a one-year experiment soon becomes a permanent lifestyle – a life lived in luxury hotels and mountain-top villas. An existence solely of fast cars, Hollywood actresses and Icelandic rock stars. Of 6,000-mile booty calls, of partying with 800 female hairdressers dressed only in bedsheets, and of nearly dying at the hands of Spanish drug dealers. And, most bizarrely of all, a life that still costs less than surviving on cold pizza in London.
What's more, to publicize the book, he's currently doing something else that any self-respecting hotel geek who never stays more than one night in a place dreams of doing: spending 33 days testing out each and every one of the 33 hotels on the Vegas Strip, and blogging about it for the Huffington Post (testing the hotels being the enviable activity, rather than writing for the HuffPo). Our sister website VegasChatter caught up with him last week and talked Vegas peculiarities and hotel etiquette with him. And with statements like "internet is a basic human right and charging for it is a shitshow", and "resort fees are obnoxious", we really rather like him.
According to Carr, it's easy to live in hotels. In one of his blogs last week, he claimed that "anyone can do it, assuming they have a job which allows remote working." WIshful thinking aside, we can't wait to live the hotel-dwelling life vicariously.