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Do Thanksgiving deals make hotels more appealing than staying at home?
As much as I love my family, I'm not too crazy about the idea of my 9-year-old niece and 5-year-old nephew rousing me out of bed at 6 a.m. every day. And though my sister tries her best to keep them occupied until I've woken up, the guilt -- and their adorable pleading ("Will you play with me?", "Are you still sleeping?") -- inevitably drives me to get up with the rest of the family.
To be honest, I didn't plan to stay at a hotel over Thanksgiving. But as a Kimpton InTouch loyalty member, I received an e-mail blast several weeks ago for weekend deals. When I discovered that the deal wasn't blacked out over Thanksgiving weekend, I ended up booking three nights at the Sir Francis Drake in San Francisco's Union Square for $109 per night. Is the extra sleep worth that much money? In my case, yes.
For my last night, I found a last-minute deal at Sonoma's Farmhouse Inn: $177 (regularly $295-$375). Unfortunately, the online deal required a minimum two-night stay. Since I had already prepaid my Sir Francis Drake hotel reservation, I decided to call up the inn to see if there were any other deals. It turns out that if I was willing to take a smaller room, I could book the $177 rate for just one night. Done. Looks like I'll get my turkey and a little wine tasting, too.
So you see, I didn't intend to stay at a hotel over Thanksgiving. But at these low rates, how could I resist all these Thanksgiving deals?
Though staying in a hotel will be a lot more comfortable than sleeping on the futon, maybe I will miss the chaos of staying at home (and the convenience of opening the fridge to pick at the leftover turkey).
|No, the point of Thanksgiving is to be home for the holidays.||5 (33.3%)|
|Yes, my family gets along better if we give each other some space.||4 (26.7%)|
|No, but next year I'm definitely going to look into some Thanksgiving deals.||6 (40.0%)|
[Photo by Amy Chen]