Choosing Lodging on a Road Trip - What to Look for in a Hotel

I was traveling for work last week and drove by some pretty spectacular hotels. It dawned on me that I haven't been in a nice hotel since before I had my children, so in over a decade! A lot has changed since then, specifically how technology has been integrated into everything from how we make hotel reservations to the different amenities once inside.  Now every time I travel, I'm going to expect these luxuries of 21st century hotels to spoil me rotten:

Fore!: One of the fancier hotels actually had a driving range and putting green attached to the rear of the building. My husband was in heaven. 

Self-serve: As long as you have a credit card, you can check yourself in and out, breeze in and out of the mini-shop in the lobby, and use the hotel's app to order room service. Self-sufficiency means less waiting and I'm always okay with that!

Wellness made easy: We're used to hotel staff bringing up a toothbrush or even a whole meal, but did you know you can book rooms where exercise equipment and the work-out clothes are included? Mind blown! Not to mention clean eating menus, bikes to replace cars, and other fitness and health perks are included in many hotels.

Phones as keys: Hotels are capitalizing on the fact that everyone has a smart phone these days by turning phones into keys. Guests simply download an app to access their check-in information as they would with an airline company and voila! Key card access.

Free WiFi: Remember forever ago when we would have to pay per night for WiFi or even wired Internet access? Yeah, those days are gone. Not only is WiFi included in the reservation, but charging dockets and iHomes and everything we need to keep our technology ready to go is included as well.

Lovely lobby: Used to be the lobby was a simple transition place to get us to and from our rooms. Not any more. I stayed in a hotel where the lobby boasted comfortable couches on one end and a gorgeous full-service bar on the other. From the seating to the Moscow Mules, I would've been content sleeping in that lobby!

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