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Think You Could Live in a Hotel? (I Do!!)

by J. Money on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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The Mrs. and I went apartment shopping this weekend (more to come on that later), and this place we checked out reminded me of an old-school hotel.  It was billed as a “luxury” apartment building and just walking through the lobby and seeing the concierge and gym & pool, etc got me soooo excited! It really was like a hotel :)  Had coffee downstairs and everything.

Then yesterday at work I started wondering if you COULD actually live out of a hotel? Can you imagine all the perks that it would come with?  I think I could really see myself doing it!! Check it out:

Pros to living in a hotel

  • A fancy & clean room! Or rooms if you get one of those corporate suite type things.  The USAA folks actually hooked me up with one during our blogging trip out there the other month and it was PERFECT to live out of!  Was really like a mini house.
  • Free continental breakfast! Which would be more than the zero breakfast I eat right now ;)
  • Unlimited coffee!!! That should save a few hundred dollars a month, haha…
  • Maid service! Never have to make your bed again!  Or do buy toilet paper or soap or shampoo or towels or sheets, etc.
  • Gyms, pools, media rooms! And a host of other exciting things.
  • No electric bills! Or water bills! Or cable bills!
  • Reward points! From both the hotel itself, but also for using your credit card to pay the bill every month!  Which brings us to the next perk:
  • You can pay your “rent” with credit card!! Exactly what I was hoping for in last Friday’s post ;)
  • Concierge service. To help watch for packages and hook you up with any tips or tricks you may need throughout your “visit.”  I’d imagine you’d get in good with the entire staff after a few weeks ;)
  • YOU CAN SAY YOU LIVE IN A HOTEL!!! And I’m pretty sure chicks dig that.  Same with rock stars and celebrities.  Ooooh that reminds me of another one!
  • You will meet all sorts of new people. Imagine all the different folks coming through that hotel every day?  Tourists, politicians, hot shots, celebrities, etc etc.
  • You could crash tons of weddings/bar mitzvahs :) Or any other hotel parties that occur every single weekend of every single year!  See, cuz you’d be “in” with the staff so you could always have a heads up of what’s going on. Haha…

Of course, a lot of those “free” perks up there really aren’t free since they’re all factored into your daily rate and what not (except for the parties – that’s worked out all on your own, pimp) but when you put it all together it sure does come out exciting. And if you REALLY think about how much we spend on our own home on a regular basis, I bet it comes close to evening out.  Check it:

We spend roughly $2200 on our mortgages every month, + $300 or so on utilities (including cable & internet), then another $125 in homeowner association fees, + random ass repairs (we’ll call that $200 a month on average) + furniture to fill the house, and on and on and on.

So conservatively, we spend about $2800 to live out of this damn house (!!!!). Divide that by 30 and we’re basically spending $93.00 every SINGLE day to sleep here.  That’s insane. And in case you haven’t guessed yet, we could rent a hotel room for the same cost, if not less!

Actually, I bet you can very well sort out some long-term rates with certain hotels to REALLY knock down your payments.  Plus w/ all the reward points you’d get from both the hotel AND by putting it on your credit card, you’ll be saving even more every single month.  See how easy it is for me to be convinced?! :)

Cons to living out of a hotel

  • You don’t own it at the end. Which is only a con if you currently “own” your home like we do.  You can scratch this if you’re renting!
  • You get less space. Unless you’re moving from a 1 bedroom condo or studio, chances are your hotel room will be tinier. With the exception of those corporate suites I was talkin’ about.
  • It’s kinda of impersonal. Cuz you won’t have your own furniture and tons of belongings with you (although you can certainly bring a lot in to make it your own).
  • You can’t have pets. Usually.
  • No kitchen. Which means a lot more eating out.
  • Can’t do laundry. Unless the hotel provides it and you wanna dish out the exorbitant rates!  But then again, not all apartments have washers and dryers anyways in the units…
  • You never know who your neighbor will be. And they’ll constantly be changing.  Or possibly blaring loud music or even worse: Making loud “noises” at night w/ each other!  Haha…  or prostitutes, who knows.
  • People will think you’re strange. I won’t, but your family will :)

Boy, there’s a lot to consider when you really start thinking about this!  I literally thought this post would take me like 5 minutes, haha…  But when you’ve got something in your head you gotta get it out and make sure you consider all the sides ;)  Can’t go around making rash decisions all the time, now can ya? But I gotta admit.  Even after seeing all those cons up there I STILL think I’d wanna give it a shot!  For like one solid year.  I honestly think I would be happy!!!  And at the very least come out with a fun experience.

Unfortunately though I think it’s much easier to pull off when you’re single. I don’t dare imagine wht the wife would say if I seriously ran this past her ;) But mark my words, I WILL find a way to do this one day!  Even if that means hitting the lottery and going back and forth between my hotel and my home forever! Haha… this idea is hot, I’m telling you.

What do you all think?  Would you ever give it a shot?  If you do you HAVE TO promise to tell me so I can live vicariously through you for the time being :)  Or I might just go live on a house boat, haha… so many things I want to try!

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(Original photo by UggBoy♥UggGirl. Edited by J$)


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1 Kevin @ Thousandaire.com October 26, 2010 at 8:39 am

It sounds good for someone with $2,200 a month in mortgage payments. I rent an $800/mo apartment and don’t buy cable, so my total living expenses are about $900/mo. I never want to stay in a $30/night hotel.

Plus, there wouldn’t be much space for the love of my life. No, not a girl or a dog, my 46″ LCD flat screen ;)

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2 Brent October 26, 2010 at 8:42 am

At the end of 8th grade when i was 14 I was living in China. My parents decided to get a divorce which meant that mom, my brother, and I were to move back to the states. We spent the summer and 3 months of the following school year (9th grade) living in a hotel. (we didnt know about the divorce until early august of that year, so we didnt have much of a chance of looking for a home. Anyways, we spent a LONG time living in a hotel. It definitely came with its perks. I hit the hottub EVERY morning, got to chat with the maintainance guy every day while he did his pool duties. Most nights id hit the hottub once again and I definitely got to talk to a lot of out of towners as they were visiting on business mostly. Free breakfast every morning was great. And we never had to make our beds or clean our rooms as the maids took care of that. The downside of it was that we had no address. Teachers would look at me funny when i told them i didnt have an address and that i was living in a hotel so we always had to put in a PO Box as our address. It was sweet to invite friends over for some hot tub time tho. Back then cable modems were just coming out and i was left out of that as dial up AOL was my only option in the hotel room while i was living in the hotel and couldnt wait to get into a house so i could get a low ping while playing half life deathmatch or better yet counterstrike. Although i truly believe my skills in the game went up as i had to much better predict what folks were doing when they had a 150-200 ping and mine was in the 400-500 range. all in all it was a sweet time to be in a hotel but I wouldnt want that for my daily life. Sharing a room with my brother and mom every day did get old but we found many more things to do outside of the house. It WAS neat getting to know all the front desk attendants and playing pranks on them at night. Kind of like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody that my kids watch now. I tell them i lived that and they just look at me in awe!

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3 karmella October 26, 2010 at 8:52 am

I almost moved into one of those condo on top of a hotel things, where you get the concierge and whatnot but it really isn’t living in the hotel. Broke down when “no pets” came up last minute. I’m glad I didn’t end up there – but I am with you, living in a hotel proper would be pretty cool.

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4 Wojo October 26, 2010 at 8:59 am

When I was in college, our school had a habit of over-accepting for the new freshman class and would run out of dorms. So for the first 3-4 months of the school year, we used 75% of the Holiday Inn across the street as overflow student housing.

By far the biggest benefit the students who lived there always mentioned was the daily maid service. They probably had the cleanest “dorm rooms” on campus. :)

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5 sarah October 26, 2010 at 9:13 am

My father has twice lived in a hotel. Once as the result of not being able to find a decent apartment after he and his girlfriend broke up. And once (a much longer stay) as the result of a house fire. His first stay was more of a bachelor pad, effeciency type room. And when you “rent” weekly the housekeeping would only come weekly. Leaving him to fend for himself! There was no kitchen, and dining out soon became more of a chore then the enjoyable experience it usually is. And no access to laundry facilities was a major drawback.

The second time, since his house caught on fire, the insurance company paid for a nicer room. It was a 2 bed room suite with full kitchen. While his meals, and living expenses were covered while repairs were being done on the house it was still sucky. He hated having to take an elevator and walking down a long hall just to get “home” and it was so impersonal. Bringing groceries in was a pain too.

So in theory, it may seem “cool” but I think the novelity of it would wear off very fast.

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6 sarah October 26, 2010 at 9:15 am

WOJO- where did you go to college? This is identical to what happened to Penn State – Berhend campus too.

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7 Sense October 26, 2010 at 10:03 am

Did this for a month in Vegas, no less–and for work so it was all free to me, along with a $50/day food allowance.

my 700 square foot hilton suite had a full kitchen, huge living room with views of the Strip and a sleeper sofa for friends to crash on during the weekends, a hot tub in a separate bathroom area, King sized bed in the humongous bedroom, large bathroom with shower and awesome shampoo/conditioner/soap options which I stole every day, LCD TV with cable, DVD player with Bose sound system, washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, wireless and daily maid service…I could go on. I NEVER had to do my dishes or pick up my towels. I used the wake up service EVERY DAY! The hotel also had a gym and several pools. All for $85/day (in 2006). IT WAS COMPLETELY IDEAL. I’d do it again in a heartbeat!

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8 Mel October 26, 2010 at 10:08 am

When Roberto Alomar played for the Toronto Blue Jays, he lived at the Skydome Hotel for his entire playing tenure there. Must have been pretty cush – it’s a beautiful hotel, and he had no commute to work, other than to come down the elevator!

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9 James Fowlkes October 26, 2010 at 10:16 am

Agree. fabulous idea for a single guy or gal, not so much once you’re married or have kids.
But single,… imagine living in the W, you could take an elevator to the club every weekend then elevator right back to your room. Amazing!

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10 Lulu October 26, 2010 at 10:18 am

I think I could do the living in a hotel thing and I started to calculate the cost of it. It is expensive on a monthly basis unless you get a long term deal but then I think about the cost of furniture and other things. I guess if I did then I would want a suite so I could have separate living and sleeping spaces.

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11 Philip October 26, 2010 at 10:19 am

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/special_report/jim-gatzke-local-illinois-lottery-winner-20100909

This guy won the lotto for like 5 million and lives in a cheap hotel and seems to like it. But certainly not some fancy hotel like you are wanting.

Doesn’t Earl from My Name is Earl live in a hotel where the maid comes and cleans the place? Does not look quite so ideal either.

When I graduated and first moved to a new town for work I lived in one of those weekly stay hotel places for about a month. Did have a fridge and kitchen area but still just one room and the bathroom it got annoying pretty quickly!

Might have to check what it would be to live in a nice hotel though, completely different story.

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12 C October 26, 2010 at 10:44 am

Have you seen how the Ritz Carlton has condos on the top floors of some of their hotels? I know someone who lives in one of them…sweet pad overlooking the beach. You get the amenities of the hotel, but you actually can own the property…of course they go for anywhere from $1.5 to $10M. Living the dream…

For me? I’d totally live in a Residence Inn type of place. That way you get your own kitchen, breakfast, and every weeknight they provide dinner too! I lived in a little motel/B&B for a month a few years back while relocating…def not the way I would do it if I had to find temporary housing again.

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13 Nick October 26, 2010 at 10:56 am

I thought about this when I first moved from Boston to NYC. The cost ended up being a little more expensive for any hotel and a lot more expensive if I wanted something very convenient to work. So I went with the apartment. But it was a serious consideration. It turned out that hotels didn’t want you to stay over 90 days here because then the law gives you rights of a tenant and they just can’t kick you out if you don’t pay – they have to “evict” you. So their policies were that you couldn’t stay long-term (I guess you could always check out and then back in to “break” or “restart” the 90-day time period if they let you.).

Also don’t forget you can deduct your interest payments on your mortgage, so also consider your after-tax costs to compare apples to apples out-of-pocket costs.

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14 Techbud October 26, 2010 at 11:06 am

With 3 kids and a few pets I don’t think so.

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15 Evan October 26, 2010 at 11:48 am

Another benefit would be paying weekly, bi-weekly etc. You could budget a lot better

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16 Jenna October 26, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Another con: Other people sleep in your bed. You might get moved to a new room.

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17 Lindy Mint October 26, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Con: Those Nightline news specials that go into fancy hotels with a black light and show all the gross things on the linens and the carpets.

I don’t think I’d feel good walking around barefoot.

But the free gym and coffee would be pretty sweet.

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18 Wojo October 26, 2010 at 12:57 pm

@Sarah – U Miami; I think more recently, they’re using 3 or even 4 hotels in the area for overflow.

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19 L. Marie Joseph October 26, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Give me Internet access, my blackberry, and CNBC, Bloomberg, Travel channel and a hotel is cool by me. I love going out to eat and having a maid clean my room everyday…Hotel is not bad,

Persuading my family to do it…hmmm we may need to upgrade to the penthouse LOL

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20 Mrs. Accountability October 26, 2010 at 3:29 pm

J$: Check out the Hampton Inn and Suites in Alexandria, VA, the one on Van Dorn Street. That’s where we stayed when we came to DC in August. FULL KITCHEN. I would LOVE to live in a hotel like that one. On the back of the door it said $799 per week but you could probably get a better deal than that. The bed was super comfy. They even have a “complimentary full breakfast buffet every morning, our Managers Reception including complimentary beer, wine and light dinner Monday to Thursday evenings.”

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21 Doctor S October 26, 2010 at 4:04 pm

First impression was there is no way in hell it would make sense. It would be too expensive and would lack so many essential aspects of every day living.

However, after the break down, im creeping towards the edge to make the jump. When you look at it from a PURE cost effective comparison between paying for the room per night between a hotel vs your mortgage, its really really really CLOSE! Kinda mind boggling if you think about it.

Breaking down your mortgage to $90 / day and compare that to some of the hotel prices? A very very fair comparison. Here is a little curve ball for you all….

What if you utilized Priceline’s Name your last minute price… EVERY WEEK? to get a last minute supply vs demand hotel room and a cheap price? its a whole other post IMO but think about it! You would be saving ridiculously even on hotel rooms using their last minute price request!! Cue William Shatner!

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22 eemusings October 26, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I LOVE staying at hotels! I could totally live in one. I’m not big on decorating or furnishing anyway.

Sadly, our rent only works out to less than $40 a day, so it wouldn’t be very economical…

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23 Jerret October 26, 2010 at 10:38 pm

I think an RV would be better. You can get some killer deals now that everyone is trying to unload because of the economy.

A good RV park (with a lot of the hotel like amenities) will put you back $400-$600/mo. And, if you don’t like it, you can move to another park.

Now, if I can only convince my wife…

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24 Molly On Money October 26, 2010 at 11:45 pm

I’ve been playing out this theory but substitute house for car and hotel for rental car. I spent almost $10,000 just to have the convenience of a car last year! OK, it was 3 cars but two are paid off……(grumbling along now).
We don’t have public transportation where I live but with that $ I’m trying to live the fantasy in my head of riding my bike to work. I’m leaving out the 20 miles each way, wondering where I would pack on my two kids on and the freezing weather.

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25 J. Money October 27, 2010 at 12:31 am

@Kevin @ Thousandaire.com – Maaaaaaaan what I wouldn’t do to get back to $800/rent! Def. wouldn’t make sense in your case. Wanna trade? :)
@Brent – OMG that is awesome. Love hot tubs! And pranks! And Zack and Cody! haha… it’s pretty funny to think back to the dial-up days. We’ll never forget all those damn AOL cds being sent all over!
@karmella – Wow, was it a really expensive place?
@Wojo – HAH! Same thing happened to my my freshman year. Although we had no maid service or pool. Seemed one or two kids ruined it for the rest of us :(
@sarah – Makes sense. But I’d still give it a shot to find out ;)
@Sense – I WANT TO LIVE THERE!!! Tell your job to hire me, but that I’ll be only bloging the whole time ;) And playing hold’em.
@Mel – That is all kinds of sexy.
@James Fowlkes – MMmmmmm… W….
@Lulu – Yeah, I think the whole long term agreement part is key here. Would have to knock down the rates enough to actually make sense.
@Philip – Haha.. is that show still around?
@C – I LOVE B&Bs! But way more expensive for the ones I like ;) Never heard of those Ritz Carlton places before but I shure would like ot check ‘em out!
@Nick – Oh yeah – forgot about that ;) That makes sense about the 90-day limit. But like you said I bet they let you sneak by w/ tricks like that. ALthough you could always check in to another hotel for a bit and then come back! Check out some new scenery perhaps? :)
@Techbud – You should try it and let us know how it goes.
@Evan – I like that!!
@Jenna – Not if you camp out there for months at a time :)
@Lindy Mint – Ewwwww forgot about that! Plus lots of bedbugs goign around hotels, eh?
@L. Marie Joseph – Would probably only cost you a buck more ;)
@Mrs. Accountability – Woahhhh now you’re talking! Beer AND comfyness? Yes I will def. be checking that out :) No joke. Alexandria is on our list of places to look into too, so thanks!
@Doctor S – Haha you’re always thinking man! I like it in terms of saving money, but man that would be a lot of moving around and re-packing every week… that’s a bit TOO mobile for my blood ;)
@eemusings – Unless you want to move to the “up and coming” neighborhoods ;)
@Jerret – Now that’s a thought. I’ve considered RVs briefly in the past, but it has always remained on the possibility list. I’ve already got the wife convinced, only problem is I have to wait 30 years for her to allow it!:)
@Molly On Money – Riding a bike to work would be an absolute pleasure! Weather aside I would totally be up for that. But I’m not your kids ;)

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26 StackingCash October 27, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Apartment shopping? Wow! In regards to your bitterness in home ownership, I totally can understand it. Living in Las Vegas, I know many people who walked away from their underwater houses. Better to declare bankruptcy first ;) On the other hand, I’m 4 years from owning my home outright and I cannot begin to tell you how good that feels. I do think most home owners do not focus on the end result, causing them to miss out on the financial benefits a mortgage-free home provides. Of course situations do vary.

Do you think if you had purchased a more affordable home you would feel different about home ownership? For example, what if your mortgage was a 15 year compared to that 30 year you have right now?

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27 Briana @ GBR October 27, 2010 at 7:30 pm

I’m with you J; living in a hotel sounds fabulous, even with the cons up there. But, like you, being in a relationship makes it a little harder. But we’re renting a 1 bedroom, so if we found the right place, I’m sure that’d work out. Hmm, wonder if Embassy Suites is interested in having us as their long term guests :)

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28 Cat October 27, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I worked at a front desk of a couple of different hotels up to this point. I’ve seen various rates from 30/night – 100/night for long term stay people. In a way it was nice to work there because you knew the same people would be down in the lobby getting ice cream every night or that unlimited coffee supply, so I always had someone to talk to at work! But I think the unsatisfying parts of living in a hotel are the parts where you don’t really have privacy, you can’t really keep expensive things (I mean, who knows what could happen to it!), and there can be a lot of noise. Oh yeah, and no pets!!

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29 J. Money October 28, 2010 at 9:44 am

@StackingCash – Oh man, yeah I’ve heard a lot of scary stories coming out of Vegas! And Detroit, Florida, etc etc – bleh…. As for our situation, I think our home losing value does play a role to a degree, but since we can comfortably afford it and we didn’t really splurge on it, it’s not that much of a deal breaker. That part just sucks ;) The main issue here is really just my lack of committing to staying in ONE SPOT, and living so far out from the city. I just cannot sit still and even though I knew that going into home ownership, I thought I’d be able to tame it! haha…. oops. Oh, also we have too much room. I’d much rather be in a smaller place closer to the city (renting) than a big one farther away. Better for my new minimalism kick.

@Briana @ GBR – Oh yeah! going from 1 bedroom to hotel would be a much smoother transition. DO IT! do it do it! (and then let me come visit your pool and get all that free coffee :))

@Cat – Hmmmm… didn’t think about that expensive stuff part. I wonder though if everyone knew who you were though, that they’d be MORE secure? Like, cuz then no one’s stealing a stranger’s things, ya know? Something to consider either way, thx :)

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30 Kristina October 28, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I lived in an all inclusive luxury apartment for 4 years. I paid $1250 per month for a one bedroom apartment, plus $150 a month for parking. The apartment complex consisted of three 24 floor apartment buildings that were all connected underground by a mini shopping mall that included a movie theatre, a florist, a post office, two grocery stores, 6 restaurants, a bank, a liquor store, and a gym with a pool ($40 per month).

The apartment was fully renovated and fully equipped with a dishwasher, Jacuzzi tub, and air conditioning.

2 years ago we moved to a smaller apartment which also has a pool and a small gym. We now pay $995 per month for a one bedroom on the 21st floor of a 21 floor high-rise in the middle of downtown Montreal. Our building does have 24 hour security however it doesn’t have the shopping mall attached underground.

Now I actually have to change out of my pj’s to go and do my groceries. Sometimes I think that the extra $405 per month was definitely worth the cost.

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31 gharkness October 29, 2010 at 6:32 am

Interesting thought, but my immediate reaction was: What? Go to all this trouble (of getting rid of everything) and STILL be stuck in one place? Nope, not for me, but put that hotel room on a cruise ship, and I am SO there! Now if only I could afford it.

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32 J. Money October 30, 2010 at 11:04 pm

@Kristina – man, BOTH those options sound good! it would literally cost us $4,000 to live like that in DC, no joke. It cost almost $3k just for a 2 bedroom 15 miles out! haha…
@gharkness – you’re never stuck in one spot cuz you can just pick up and move to the next hotel :) but I agree, living on a cruise ship sounds pretty hot too.

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33 gharkness October 31, 2010 at 6:03 am

I forgot to point out – just in case someone didn’t know – the fare for the cruise ship includes 3 meals a day, and depending on what you like to drink – the drinks too. (Doesn’t cover soft drinks or booze.) It’s a dream for me, but one I probably will never actually be able to do.

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34 FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com November 1, 2010 at 7:24 am

J.Money — I already do live in a hotel :)

Check out: http://www.EverydayMinimalist.com

I agree with most of your points, except I moved from a studio to a 2-bedroom. This place is freaking huge with 2 bathrooms and a massive kitchen with a dishwasher, dryer and washer.

The building also lets you have pets, and if you take a hotel with a kitchen, you can avoid a lot of problems

I think people find it strange, but I see it as a transient apartment. It’s not that weird for me to live out of a suitcase, being a consultant.

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35 J. Money November 4, 2010 at 5:05 pm

YOU ARE AWESOME!!! And you better believe I’ll be looking forward to that guest post from you ;) Going over now to check out your other site – didn’t realize you blogged there either!

Work it girl.

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36 LB November 9, 2010 at 10:41 am

I would definitely give up everything and do it, if I could have pets. I wouldn’t mind living lighter, and having maid service, but will not give up my pets.

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37 Leslie June 3, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Actually living in a hotel is really awesome and way cheaper!!! I live with my 2 kids and s/o in a hotel, and this has been one of the best experiences of my life. We are only doing it until my daughter is old enough to go to school which is going to be sad and there is no way I am home schooling her. So there are many perks to living in a hotel and especially since you get to know the hotel people so they give you free stuff and hook it up! I love waking up to an already made breakfast and people that are fun and interesting to talk to everyday.I Love it!

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38 J. Money June 3, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I am so jealous of you!!!! Haha…. I swear one day I’m gonna try it and I bet I’ll love it just as much :) Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

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39 Mike June 17, 2011 at 6:50 am

I found your blog after a friend sent me the following and I googled “living in an Hotel”

I’m 71 and still very active….it would suit me down to the ground

::To all of you approaching 50

What a brilliant idea

Where to live when you retire!!!

No NURSING HOME FOR me!!!

No nursing home for us. We’ll be checking into a Holiday Inn!

With the average cost for a nursing home care costing £188.00 per day,
there is a better way when we get old and too feeble.
I’ve already checked on reservations at the Holiday Inn.

For a combined long term stay discount and senior discount, it’s
£59.23 per night.

Breakfast is included, and some have happy hours in the afternoon.

That leaves £128.77 a day for lunch and dinner in any restaurant we
want, or room service, laundry, gratuities and special TV movies.

Plus, they provide a spa, swimming pool, a workout room, a lounge and
washer-dryer, etc.

Most have free toothpaste and razors, and all have free shampoo and
soap.
£5 worth of tips a day you’ll have the entire staff scrambling to help
you.

They treat you like a customer, not a patient.

There’s a city bus stop out front, and seniors ride free.

The handicap bus will also pick you up (if you fake a decent limp).

To meet other nice people, call a church bus on Sundays.

For a change of scenery, take the airport shuttle bus and eat at one
of the nice restaurants there.

While you’re at the airport, fly somewhere. Otherwise, the cash keeps
building up.

It takes months to get into decent nursing homes. Holiday Inn will take
your reservation today.

And you’re not stuck in one place forever — you can move from Inn to
Inn, or even from city to city.

Want to see Hawaii? They have Holiday Inn there too.

TV broken? Light bulbs need changing? Need a mattress replaced? No
problem.. They fix everything, and apologise for the inconvenience.

The Inn has a night security person and daily room service. The maid
checks to see if you are ok. If not, they’ll call an ambulance . . .
or the undertaker.

If you fall and break a hip, Medicare will pay for the hip, and
Holiday Inn will upgrade you to a suite for the rest of your life.

And no worries about visits from family. They
will always be glad to find you, and probably check in for a few days
mini-vacation.

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40 Mike June 17, 2011 at 10:00 am

Just thought of something else!
If you “own’ your home (ie its mortgaged to the bank) like I do You can almost certainly rent it out for a lot more than your mortgage payments/ I my case I pay £900 per month the current going rate for my place as a rental is about £1800 per month plus I would loses a lot of other expenses.
Even if I make only £1000 a month excess that still reduces my Holiday Inns bill to about £23 a night. Factor in all the stuff I’d sell (and at 71 I’ve got a LOT of stuff), the holiday costs I wouldn’t have (because Hawaii here I come) and the appreciation that will build up in the equity on my home which someone else will be paying for and I’d make a priofit and still have a lump sum in the house for when I can no longer “work out” or “invite chicks back to my room”.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

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41 J. Money June 19, 2011 at 1:26 am

hahahahhaah… “The handicap bus will also pick you up (if you fake a decent limp).” – you are too much man, I love it. haha… I am dying over here! As if I weren’t convinced before, you really sure know how to put things in perspective ;) I may have to bring this up again in a future post – thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!!! Made my night!!

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42 Danielle September 5, 2011 at 11:03 pm

I would totally consider living in a hotel too! I mean, as for the decor, a lot of them are nicely decorated, furnished and you can bring in your own things. Also, there are hotels that allow you to bring your pets! As for how many, not so sure. I think that it’s a good deal for people who are single or have one other person tagging along. For larger families…not so much. I would definately suggest a single family home. The ONLY con for me is that it kind of reminds me of a retirement home. Lol! Very similar services.

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43 J. Money September 7, 2011 at 2:28 am

Hahaha, how true that is ;)

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44 Chris November 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I’ve lived in a hotel for about four years now. It’s not that I’m overly-for being a hotel resident, I just happen to be a resident manager. Putting the work aspect of my stay aside, I can safely say that… it’s alright. Of course the room service, in-house bar and restaurant, pool, jacuzzi, and whatnot provide a lot of enjoyment but it balances the cons. I often feel cramped, and want more space. I hate spending $2.50/load on laundry. It’s difficult to have a moment of solitude with the constant traffic that comes with a hotel. All in all it’s not miserable; however, the novelty is all smoke and mirrors.

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45 J. Money November 15, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Oh wow, that is interesting! I forgot about the on-site bar — I think I could get into a lot of trouble there ;) Though it would be PERFECT for client meetings/etc! I guess with everything, there are pros and cons… I just hope I can experience it at least once in my life to see once and for all if it’s my type of thing or not. One day, though!

Thanks for sharing my man, I always enjoy thinking about this kinda stuff.

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46 Christopher March 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Easiest way to live in a hotel…..is to work for one. i recently got hired by a mid-sized hotel in town and they wouldnt hire unless i moved in. they take rent out of the paycheck obviously at a very discounted rate. but like mentioned before you pretty much have no living costs to deal with so what money I make is mine.

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47 Tackling Our Debt March 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I lived in a hotel for 15 months while I was working overseas for a specific client. I loved it. No maintenance to worry about. No meals to cook. My expenses were covered and all I had to do was come and go. The hotel even let me use their laundry facilities to do my personal laundry each week. I met so many wonderful people while I lived there because new people would be coming and going every few weeks.

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48 J. Money March 10, 2012 at 7:18 pm

@Christopher – Really??? Haven’t ever heard of THAT before, haha… I like it though ;) I bet you learn the ins and outs doing that, pretty smart on the hotel’s behalf.

@Tackling Our Debt – YES!! That’s what I originally thought too – so many people walk in and out of those doors so you’d meet TONS of people! I love it :) And actually, you just reminded me of something — I used to live in a hotel overseas too!! Haha… only for a month while waiting to get our “real” home (dad was in military), but it was awesome!! Why did I not remember this before?? Oh man, I am so slow. Thanks for the comment! :)

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49 Sheri April 17, 2012 at 6:13 pm

If you stay at an extended stay hotel like Residence Inn, Staybridge Suites, to name a few, they provide a kitchen/kitchenette where you can cook your own meals, free housekeeping, free breakfast, free coffee. I have a Marriot Rewards credit card and you get 1 point for every dollar spent. You can use your points and redeem them for free hotel stay.

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50 J. Money April 18, 2012 at 9:50 am

I like it!! It’ll be on the list if my wife ever lets us do it!! Haha… thanks for stopping by :)

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51 MB May 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm

I’m seriously considering doing this once my current lease is up. Right now, I have a super cheap apartment, but the roommate situation is not working out so hot for me. A studio apartment in the neighborhoods I’ve been looking at start at $1250. Figure $150 for utilities and $50 for gym membership and $50 for misc. apartment spending (cleaning supplies, furniture, improvements, etc) and I’m up to $1500 per month.

Over the last eight months, I have spent 12 nights/month on average in my apartment. So, if I can keep the average nightly spend below $125, I should come out ahead. Using best rate guarantees, hotel loyalty points, priceline, and hoteltonight, I believe I can keep my average cost at or around $75/night.

I think I’m going to pull the trigger on this!

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52 J. Money May 8, 2012 at 9:24 am

NICE!!! Let us know if you do, and how you like it after a month or so – cool? Would love to hear how it works once put in reality :) I’m jealous!

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53 Carly May 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I want to live in a hotel. I love it. The privacy. I liked it however with the istuation I just got out of. No one knew where I was & that was good for me. I want to go back to one and stay there.

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54 Carly May 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Im going to have a coffee and think about this.

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55 J. Money May 14, 2012 at 10:53 am

haha, cool. let us know if you ever do it!

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56 Caroline May 15, 2012 at 11:30 pm

I was curious to see other people’s experiences living in a hotel and that’s how I found your site. My family just started living in a hotel recently as a result of a house fire that is going to take several months to repair. Our insurance company put us up at a Residence Inn, which is an extended stay hotel w/a kitchenette until we find more suitable housing. Other than it being a bit cramped (2 adults/2 kids), there are definitely tons of perks:
- Hot breakfast every morning (I also stock up on the fruit and yogurt to snack on throughout the day.)
- Happy hour Mon-Thurs. Includes wine and food. Sometimes I don’t even cook dinner because they have some pretty good offerings like BBQ sandwiches, salads, grilled chicken. If you’re creative, you can make a good dinner out of it or use it for lunch the next day, which I do all the time.
- WIth the free breakfast & happy hour, I haven’t had to shop as much for groceries.
- Unlimited shampoo/conditioner/soap – They even upgraded us to Paul Mitchell products after our 1st full week.
- Free KLEENEX (& toilet paper/paper towels)!!! This one is a huge plus for me since I suffer from terrible year-round allergies. I go through at least 1 box/week.
- No bills, which means I can take as long of a shower as I want (unless I’m feeling environmentally conscious)
- They allow pets.
-Swim/gym access, but even better is access for the whole family to the Lifetime Fitness gym down the road (which is normally >$100/month)
- I can have deliveries made here and they take it to my room.
- I have my own “office” in the roomy Business Center.

Cons:
- Cable channels are limited
- No DVR
- Not much closet or storage space
- Gets loud in the early mornings during the week so probably not good if you are retired and want to sleep in
- Starts feeling claustrophobic after a while
- Very impersonal. I have to stare at boring hotel pictures on the wall instead of beautiful pictures of my family.

I say give it a try. That’s the only way you’ll every find out. Good luck to you!

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57 J. Money May 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Cool!!!! Man, I’m getting all excited just reading that! If only you can help convince my wife now – she’s totally ruled it out since this post ;) Appreciate the inside scoop!

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58 k stan June 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I wonder what is the best hotel rewards program is the best to accumulate free rooms?

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59 J. Money June 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm

That’s a GREAT question indeed. If I were getting more serious about this (the Mrs. has since told me a flat NO on this idea now), I’d totally research them all and pick the best option… I put all my charges on 1 credit card now anyways, and that adds up! (Though you probably would need a general “travels” perks card than specific hotel as the main hotels wouldn’t be the ones you’d be living in I don’t think – too expensive. You’d probably need to strike a deal with more of a mom & pop smaller kind of hotel OR an extended stay one/etc… but worth doing the research for!)

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60 k stan June 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I travel for work and usually stay in hotels an avg of 80 days a year. Work pays for the hotel, rental car, airfare and food and I get to accumulate the points. I am single and my apt lease is up in August and plan on experimenting with living Hotels FT for awhile. I have accumulated enough points where I could live in a hotel free for months. Not sure where I will stay but I am moviing everything into storage and plan on doing it. Its a bit of a experiment so we will see what happens. I can use my Southwest points, Priority clubs via Holiday Inn express, and Hotels.com free nites for the rooms.

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61 J. Money July 2, 2012 at 9:26 am

AWESOME!!! Good for you. Maybe you should start a blog about it and make it a one year experiment where you share all the pros and cons over time? I bet you’ll have a TON of interesting experiences with that ;) Or, come back here after a few months and tell US how it’s been! You can be a guest poster ;) Either way though, have a $hit ton of fun my friend! I’m totally jealous of you.

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62 Beth Johnson September 8, 2012 at 12:03 am

Living in a hotel is awesome. Home ownership blows – for me anyway. I chose a modern hotel and negotiated a six month rate with the owner of the hotel. I renew every six months. Been here for two years. Five star in Las Vegas. I pay $1600/month and get all the following:

- High speed internet
- Cable with DVR
- Kitchenette with induction cooktop, convection microwave, full size fridge, sink with disposal
- Separate living/sleeping areas
- Free breakfast every morning
- Two flat screen TVs
- 1/2 price lunch/dinner buffet credits
- No surcharge on room service
- Free parking
- Indoor pool
- Outdoor pool
- Infrared sauna
- Steam room
- Tanning beds and mystic spray tan – Don’t need it because black don’t crack! LOL!
- State of the art fitness center
- Free shuttle to airport
- Maid service everyday
- Jetted tub with a vanity that only a woman could love! Double sinks. And a toilet that flushes like Niagara Falls!

And did I mention a great view? I used to live in NYC, but rent out my place in Brooklyn that my parents convinced me to buy even though I never wanted to buy it, as a corporate rental. I have no mortgage, so basically it pays for me to live in a hotel. It is definitely not for everyone, but I enjoy the lifestyle. I do it everywhere I travel now.

And I could have a pet, but I opted not to because I travel too much.

PS – With Enterprise for $9.99/day on weekends, I don’t even both with a car either.

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63 Esther September 8, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I always thought about this but never had the chance to try it yet. As a young female in college, LA-native and aspiring to move to NYC I think it would be ideal. We have a few here but I rarely go and I never stay more than two hours.

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64 J. Money September 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm

@Beth Johnson – Wowwwwwwwwwwwww I am loving that!! What a killer deal you’ve got going on there! Talk about just doing your thing and enjoying life, thanks so much for sharing with us :) The next time I head out there I’m totally emailing you for a tour. Then I’m gonna blog about how sad I am that I’m still in my unwanted house, haha… at least *someone* is doin’ it right!

@Esther – “We have a few here but I rarely go and I never stay more than two hours.” – A few what? Hotels? That you stay in for only 2 hours? Are you trying to say something about your profession? haha… ;)

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65 Esther March 17, 2013 at 8:23 pm

What? For some reason this comment notification never got through. Yes, I meant a few hotels. That was what you wrote about, silly.

On second thought, I would be a bit creeped out not knowing who stayed in my room prior. But then again, it’s the same scenario with some apartments.

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66 J. Money March 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm

yeah, just fixed my commenting system… only took like 8 months ;)

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67 CJ November 23, 2012 at 9:40 am

I live in a motel, with none of the amenities you mentioned, but I do have a kitchen and laundry and I LOVE it. Like living in an apartment complex minus the lease.

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68 J. Money November 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Ooooh that would be nice too! Total freedom to do as you please! :)

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69 Amanda November 24, 2012 at 8:58 am

Umm, Beth Johnson! Wow! What hotel do you stay at?! I’m from Australia, and the last decent hotel I looked at was 140 a night, haha.

I’m definitely doing Mike’s retirement idea, for sure!

Unfortunately I’ve only stayed at a hotel once in my 19 years of life, and have no experience to tell you all about.

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70 J. Money November 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

There are def. places you can secure long-term agreements with which will lower the nightly costs a lot, but yeah – there’s not many hotels in my area either that would make it completely a bargain :)

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71 SteveM December 27, 2012 at 12:53 am

I’m a Sydney, Australia, dwelling on again-off again hotel resident, and very much enjoy the way of life. I have tenants living in a property I own, who for various reasons have asked to hold the lease for some years, which has left me homeless as it were. I’ve variously moved between share-house situations (living with flat or room mates) and hotels ever since, and have to say I prefer hotels any day :)

Hotels, or lodges (being hotels with slightly reduced customer service, eg, front desk open 12hrs a day rather than 24hrs, rooms serviced every few days rather than daily, things like that), which I prefer as they’re a little cheaper than hotels, are also a boon from people who work alone/for themselves.

You never have to worry about a courier delivery arriving while you’re in the bathroom, or if you want to step out to buy lunch, they’re taken care of by the front desk staff :)

Sure there are cons, but the way of life has taught me a lot, and I’ve come to realise just how little I really need to live happily with. For me that’s basically a computer, a smartphone, and a couple of changes of clothes! It’s not always a soul-less, lonely existence either, I got to know the staff at one place so well I was even dating a woman who worked there at one point :)

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72 J. Money December 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm

“and I’ve come to realise just how little I really need to live happily with.” – yes!!! that’s the way I want to be more too :) I like the stuff that I have, but I surely don’t *need* it to be happy or live a good life. and I think shacking up in a hotel would help solidify that more too… though not sure how easy it would be now that we have a baby in the picture, hmm… but I bet it’s still do-able!

thanks for sharing your thoughts, my man – I really enjoyed the perspective :)

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73 Steve December 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm

The idea of living in hotels really appeals to me and looking to the future I think this will be an increasing trend. With living costs so high, such as house prices, rents, energy etc it make sense. Also with jobs harder to come by it makes you more flexible to move somewhere for a new job, rather than be stuck trying to sell a house.

However there are two problems with some of the rooms discussed.

It’s the same rate for the room whether it’s one person or two. I’m single! It makes it very expensive when two can live as cheaply as one.

The suites with kitchens are typically £20 a day extra compared to just a room. When you get the breakfast included at such as Staybridge – why spend £20 on a kitchen just for the evening meal? You may as well just eat out. Again the kitchen cost wouldn’t seem quite as bad if shared by two people. I think a communal kitchen would be better because it should reduce costs.

I would fancy travelling around the world rather than staying in one location. If you only stay in one place you may as well rent.

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74 J. Money December 29, 2012 at 2:55 pm

That’s an excellent point about the cost being the same whether there’s 1 person or 2 in the mix. Although if you factor in the amount of space you’d then need, I’m sure it helps to cancel out a bit… I’d much rather suck it up and split the costs of course ;)

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75 A.May January 8, 2013 at 9:01 pm

My husband, son, two cats and I will be moving in to a one bedroom suite at a Residence Inn soon. We’re relocating and our new home isn’t finished. I wasn’t looking forward to it. Instead of doubling our space we’ll be halving it. This post has been an interesting perspective.

Living in a hotel has never been on my “to do” list. Though I see the possibility for perks I don’t know how often we’ll/ I’ll incorporate them into life.

We looked in to corporate housing – they wanted $136 a day plus a $500 pet deposit. They also required a month to month lease. The hotel on the other hand is $95 a day and $100 pet deposit. The 15-18% hotel tax is dropped after you stay for more than 30 days. We’ll be earning Marriott points with our stay and if our closing date changes so to can your reservations.

This is going to be an interesting experiment and hopefully the entire family will come out in one piece. In the mean time thanks for giving it a positive spin.

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76 J. Money January 10, 2013 at 10:32 am

COOL!! I know it doesn’t sound all that exciting to you now, but I DO hope that changes once you start living my dream over there! :) Who knows, maybe you’ll find living more minimalist is freeing on the brain? And then you can incorporate that back into your normal life again once time? Let us know how it all went later if you remember – would love an update :)

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77 Beth February 17, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Been living in a hotel(s) for almost six months. I am a single female without pets. I am probably one of the very few Americans who has NEVER wanted to own a home. I retired @ 40 and travel about 40 weeks out of the year. I am only considering buying a condo because I want to be able to home swap which will make my trips even more affordable. I am also considering living in one of the Las Vegas hotel residences which would reduce my tax burden even further because there are no income taxes in Nevada.

Back to hotel living, I use Priceline to get better deals than the hotels will offer, even for monthly stays. I chose the DMV (DC, MD, VA) because I know the area well and there are five international airports that are all accessible via public transportation. And don’t forget, D.C. has the most free museums in the world and it’s a pretty international town. (I say this as a former New Yorker ’92 to ’07) Once I decided on an area, I actually took a couple of weeks to read reviews on Trip Advisor and go to some of the hotels to get a idea of where and how much to bid. The first month was a learning experience ($$$), but since October 2012, I have been averaging between $300 to $375/week taxes included which is pretty cheap for the area if you live alone. I have a small storage (5×10) that I rent for $52/month. My entire life is in that little storage locker! :-)

My current place is a studio/king suite with a full kitchen. It’s not big, but it’s just me, so I don’t need a lot of space. It’s got a sofa, coffee table, desk w/ergo chair, chair/ottoman, chest of drawers, two mirrored closets, king bed. Sheets are around 400TC and I have real comforter with duvet. They offer a free breakfast each morning and dinner four nights per week. At dinner, you get free wine and/or beer. Rail drinks are a whopping $2.00/each. It is close to Metro and there is a free shuttle that will take you to any location within a couple of miles of the hotel. Free safe in room and a full safe downstairs for my laptop when I head out for the day. Free parking. Free gym. Free indoor pool. Free cable around 80 channels including local programming. Free internet. (I have a HotSpot VPN so I don’t stress about internet security). Pet fee is extra.

I don’t own a car, but I do rent from Enterprise two weekends or so per month. They have a $9.99/day special on weekends and they’ll pick me up and drop me off at the hotel. I buy their gas because it’s about $.50 or more cheaper per gallon. Also Costco and other clubs have cheap gas. I have non-owners insurance (that’s a city thing) that allows me to rent without worrying about taking the rental insurance offered. It’s pretty cheap @ about $27/month. Plus, I get those offers from Priceline for airport rentals in case I want to road trip during the week. I also have zipcar for emergencies.

When I am at a place without a full kitchen, I exploit all the free happy hours, reduced price meal deals, Groupon deals, and buffets in the area. I know most of the buffet owners in a specific area and for a $2.00 more they let bring small Tupperware and fill them up. Yes, it pays to get to know people, tip well, and be nice in case you were wondering. They know my hotel living situation and most think its kind of cool albeit odd, so they cut me a break for being a loyal customer. For breakfast, lunch and dinner w/drinks I average about $10/$20/day. More when I hit the Chevy’s happy hour – HARD! $3 margaritas the size of big gulp are hard to turn down! LOL!

I would say the cons can be that some months I had to move every week to another hotel because sometimes on Priceline, the hotel wouldn’t let me extend the rate for additional nights. It was hassle to pack up in the beginning, but once I reduced the amount of the stuff I take with me to a large rolling duffel, I have it down to a science now. Also, some hotels don’t have laundry and the ones that do are often expensive, but one hotel where I stayed often in the beginning just lets me use their laundry every month for free. And I also know the best and cleanest laundromats in each area in case I need to get a to a local place. As for hotel noise, it just doesn’t bother me. Living in NYC for 20 yrs makes you immune to noise. And traveling makes you get out and meet new people. I am living next to some utility contract workers and they are Southerners which means they cook aka fry their dinner every night and are the friendliest guys in the world. So much fun. We have drinks @ the bar and whoop it up! I have met a lot of people I have kept in contact with since last year. And some of the hotel employees are now people I have dinner with when they are not working. People are only strangers if you don’t want to get to know them.

And home ownership is overrated. Owning a home is a lot of responsibility. And it’s not really fair to give home owners a tax advantage. Two people who make the same income should pay the same amount in taxes. That’s called horizontal equity for all you economists out there. The MID, PTD, and other home ownership tax deductions skew the parity amongst taxpayers and create perverse incentives. I digress…

Thanks for letting me tell my story of hotel living. I was looking for a place to blab off about it. :-) It’s a lot to consider, but like all things planning and research can allay your fears and a spreadsheet can put it all in perspective financially. Try it for a month if you can. It’ll be fun and there’s no commitment. If you don’t like it, you can back to where you started.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL! I’ve gotta run. The boys next door have made Texas chili and are ringing the dinner bell!

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78 J. Money February 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I WANT TO BE YOU!!! A male-version of you, anyways! Haha… this is awesome, wow. Thank you so much for taking the time to tells us about it all and get me excited again – it’s been a while since I originally wrote this :) Now we have a baby in the mix too making it harder to pull off, but I shall not close out this chapter just yet… One of these days we WILL live in a hotel! Even for just a month, as you mentioned. The pros from everything I’ve read far outweigh the cons – it’s just a matter of convincing my wife at some point ;)

Thanks again! This was fun to read today.

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79 Dav March 6, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Beth’s post is awesome! I live in the DC area and would love to hear more about where she says, how she does it, etc. Rent is so darn expensive.

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80 J. Money March 7, 2013 at 8:59 pm

I know, right? I’m here in DC too and can’t believe she’s pulling it off like she is – so awesome.

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81 Jonny5 May 15, 2013 at 1:09 am

Living in a hotel is pretty sweet if you can get a nice suite. I work out of town 21 days on 7 days off so I spend A LOT of time in hotels and sometimes its pretty good and sometimes its horrible like when I get a crappy small room to share with another dude with 2 beds one foot apart and a hot tub that’s permanently “out of order” and all there is to do is watch tv or sit at the bar spending money it can be pretty depressing. But if I manage to get a decent suite or a room to myself in a semi nice place with decent gym, pool etc its great. Don’t have to make my bed or clean up my empties just wake up in the morning and throw on my boots and go to work and when I come back 12 hours later tired everything is clean and restocked its better than being at home hahaha. No kids jumping around screaming no wife bickering just silence and cold beer.

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82 J. Money May 20, 2013 at 10:52 pm

haha… I can appreciate that! pros and cons to everything I suppose, but I bet you’d get pretty good at increasing your odds of the pros doing it so much every month. Unless it’s totally on your employer to set it all up.

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83 George Runkle September 20, 2013 at 12:47 am

I lived in a hotel room for a couple months with my wife and sons (one in grade school, the other in high school), and two birds. It got old very quick, like within a day or two. The room was very confining, and since the furniture is the hotel’s and rather generic, it feels really impersonal. There was the pool, breakfast, and so on. However, somehow I let a street person know I was staying at that hotel, and he showed up while I was eating breakfast with my wife and bummed money off of me.

It seems that at one time people commonly lived in hotels, but my experience with it was awful.

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84 J. Money September 21, 2013 at 8:52 am

Oh jeez, haha yeah – doesn’t sound like the perfect scenario, does it? :) Next time you’ll have to upgrade to the penthouse! I’m sure that only costs a few extra pennies (Hah!).

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85 Patrick November 11, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Tell me please, the URLs, phone numbers, and other contact information to websites that I will find these hotels to live in? I have an urgent situation that my brother and I are in need of finding Hotels that we can live in with seperate bedrooms, full bath and a kitchen, by the end of November. We are packed and getting ready to leave soon as we find a hotel in the Hollywood area to live in paying by the month to stay as long as we want. We are living a a fixed monthly income currently $1279USD. not much but if all these articles about living and traveling on a lower budget than ours are true, then. We are serious about living this way for life as we are single, retired and do not want to pay rent or mortage stuck in one place. We may want to live in Hollywood for a year, and just keep exploring the world on our bucket list, documenting our journey, I want to prove two brothers in their fifties can live on the cheap, $1279USD a month, traveling around the planet, for the rest of our natural lives. We don’t have wives or children, just us, our guitars, and other musical instruments, with our acting, singing, musical and artistic talents. I’m selling my furniture, car, household stuff. computers, piano, stove, washer, refrigerator to get unburdened from that stuff.

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86 Gpile April 19, 2014 at 5:14 am

Sold my house a few years ago, rented an apartment for 8 months, then purchased a new home. I kick myself every day for renting an apartment when a H/motel would have been cheaper and easier. A local motel, that I know to be clean and quiet, would charge $750 a month.

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87 J. Money April 19, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Ahhh, well – at least you now know what to try in the future! Maybe you can give it a shot for like a month when the opportunity rises just to see if it’s really as sexy as we all think it is? :)

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