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!
For a fee, I was given a room and full privileges at the hotel. 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. 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 worth it!!