This past weekend, I was in San Diego, about to board a plane headed back to the East Coast. The flight was on time as I headed to the airport. It was on time when I arrived at the airport. It was on time when I passed security. When I got to the gate, it was delayed – 2 hours.
I thought I might miss my connection, but I was assured I wouldn’t. After two hours, I was paged, and found out that my connection was cancelled. I was re-booked on the red eye – over 7 hours later.
I knew I was headed back home into snowy weather, and here I was, in sunny San Diego, stuck in an airport. I knew I couldn’t stay indoors, but I had two heavy bags, and didn’t want lug them around town. I stopped at the courtesy booth at the airport, and found the perfect solution – a day stay at the local Sheraton!
After a quick shuttle ride, I arrived at the Sheraton, less than a mile away. For a fee, I was given a room and full privileges at the hotel for the entire day. I took a nap, met up with a friend, hung out by the pool, got some great photos, had dinner, and stared at that beautiful sunset pictured above. My room had the most beautiful view of the pool, and I just sat on the deck and worked while enjoying the gorgeous weather. It was the best way to spend the day!
If you have a long layover or flight delay – definitely inquire if local hotels have a day rate for day stays. It’s especially worth it if you are traveling with kids!