All about day use hotels for a long flight delay or layover, or for a day at a port of call on a cruise ship.
Exhaustion. Frustration. Those were my emotions as I wiped sleep from my eyes and learned that my flight from San Diego to Boston was canceled. The flight was on time when I woke up very, very early to catch it. It 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. It was not on time when I got to the gate. It started out delayed, but was eventually canceled because of unseasonably early snow in Boston. My flight went from an early morning flight to a red eye, leaving me with over seven hours before my flight.
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 – day use hotels that rent a room for a day, in addition to overnight. She guided me to the local Sheraton, which had a complimentary shuttle from the airport.
Day Use Hotels for a Long Flight Delay or Layover
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!
Day rate hotels are also a great option if you have a long layover. At the Orlando International Airport, for instance, you can rent a room for a day at the Hyatt right in the airport. It’s the perfect option if you are hanging out at the airport all day after getting off a cruise ship.
Speaking of cruise ships – instead of booking an excursion, you may consider booking a day stay hotel. You’ll usually get WiFi, access to the beach, pool, or other amenities, and the use of a room to shower. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to make sure you get yourself to and from the cruise ship on time.
How to Find Day Rate Hotels
Looking for day rate hotels? They aren’t always easy to find. At an airport, ask the courtesy desk if they have any ideas. If the airport has an attached hotel, they probably have a day rate. Ask at the front desk. For cruise ports of call, inquire at hotels that are near the cruise port. In Grand Cayman, we stayed at the Westin, and I contacted them directly for their day rate.
Have you ever used a day rate hotel?
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