Time to Waste During a Flight Delay or Layover? Try a Day Stay at a Hotel

daystayatahotel 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!

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About Jodi Grundig

Jodi Grundig has loved traveling since she was a little girl. She started blogging in 2007 on her popular review site Mom's Favorite Stuff and after doing quite a bit of family traveling, decided to launch her own travel blog. Jodi resides in Massachusetts with her husband, eight-year old son, ten-year old daughter, and Havanese dog.


  1. That is an awesome idea. I would have never thought of that!Thanks!

  2. Can I just say, this is the best news I’ve heard all day!!! I have long said that hotels should have day-stays but come to think of it, I have never actually asked. I will have to keep this in mind when flights have issues. Isn’t that how it always happens- flight on time until you actually get to the gate and then it’s late! Ah love flying!

    • I had no idea either, but since then I’ve also done a day stay at the Hyatt in the Orlando airport. It’s such a smart idea for hotels to fill unused rooms too!

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