Back in the good ol’ days, for about 18 months, I spent weeknights in a Sydney CBD 5 star hotel; a perk that was part of the contract role for a project I’d fortuitously fallen into while living and working near my home a couple of hours drive up the coast. When the project relocated, my job moved with it and
so I was always conveniently on hand to save me the inconvenience of commuter travel it included accommodation & expenses.
I drove down from the coast early Monday morning and back mid-afternoon on Friday circumventing peak traffic, en route connected by [handsfree] mobile phone and finishing my working week remotely… although because most of the project team were from somewhere else and in transit, demand was usually light.
But 10 hour plus working days Monday to Thursday were pretty common, as were team post-work drinks and dinners but I had enough time to myself to enjoy various pleasant diversions such as dinners with girl-friends, walks around Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens and Pitt Street Mall retail therapy.
It’s one of the few interludes when I didn’t make my bed each morning; a discipline instilled in me at an early age by my mother. When I returned each evening there were fresh sheets on the bed, clean towels in the bathroom, and the room tidied. Bliss!
One of my responsibilities was to arrange accommodation for the project team. I was familiar with staff at the hotel, and Reservations were kind about throwing better rooms my way, upgrading me to a suite at any opportunity when the hotel wasn’t full. Which is how I came to spend quite a few nights in hotel rooms larger than either of the inner city apartments the G.O. and I have resided in for the past decade or so.
Our apartment residences have been slightly bigger than micro-apartments but only just, by virtue of being endowed with 2 rooms (bedroom and kitchen/living) plus bathroom and balcony. Occasionally, disenchantment with constrained living space sans benefits and nostalgia for those heady hotel room days inclines me to compare.
Hotel: Spacious, stylish rooms and luxurious suites.
Apartment: Modern, open plan, low maintenance.
Hotel: Bathroom with internal window opening to living area with view of TV if so inclined to soak in tub (sometimes spa) with glass of wine after long day.
Apartment: Windowless bathroom and shower (only – no tub) with view of toilet and sink.
Hotel: Daily buffet breakfast.
Apartment: Make toast/eggs each morning.
Hotel: Room service dinner.
Apartment: Order home delivery from Menulog… or shop, chop, cook.
Hotel: Onsite health club.
Apartment: Walking distance to train station.
Hotel: Bars and Mini-Bar.
Apartment: Is there any wine left?
Hotel: Choice of restaurants.
Apartment: Leftovers or what’s in the freezer?
Hotel: Daily housekeeping service.
Apartment: Daily washing, wiping and vacuuming.
Hotel: Proximity to Sydney attractions.
Apartment: Proximity to railway tracks.
Inspired by Francesca of Almost Italian’s post Behind the Fantasy