Tales of a Hotel Diva…Or Snob Whichever You Prefer

It’s almost here!  The Grand Canyon Half is in two days and I’m excited!  I can’t wait to be running at one of the most beautiful places on the planet.  When I visited the Grand Canyon last year it took my breath away.  I have been fortunate to have traveled to many countries and see some wonderful things and places and the Grand Canyon is up there in the top ten.  It is truly awe inspiring.  It’s weird but you just can’t get enough in my humble opinion.  Around every corner there are more sites to see and more questions to be asked.  Truly an amazing place.

Unfortunately, my lodging will not be in Tusayan, AZ but 53 miles down the road in Williams, AZ.  Yes, that’s right there was no “room” at the Inn.  Bummed big time because this means I need to wake up very early to get to the start line.  Ugh…need to be in the parking lot by 6 AM race begins at 7 AM.

When I found out there weren’t any rooms available in the host town the closest option I could find was in Williams.  Well, I take that back there were a few rooms available at $300 a night, but I’m choosing not to go that route…$150 it is!

This leads me to the Diva part…the choice of hotels.  I go on Hotel.com and the only hotel available is….Howard Johnsons.  Can we just say it wasn’t “Book Yeah“.  I stayed in a Howard Johnson’s once.  I remember it looking like something out of a Psycho movie:

Howard J

I remember when I was a kid and we traveled, staying at a hotel was an adventure.  Opening that door to a forbidden paradise; crooning over the individually wrapped baby soaps and shampoos; and turning on the T.V. like it was something you’ve never seen before.  Let’s not forget running down the hall to the ice and vending machines.

Now that I’m older I open the door with trepidation.  Don’t sit on the bed comforter!  Decon the remote!  Needless to say, now I’m a little bit of a hotel diva.  That’s right.  Now, I don’t get out of my car in a fur coat and a toy poodle under my arm, but come on!  A little bit of comfort and class.  It’s like when you reach the age you rather drink your beer from a glass and not the bottle.

One thing I forgot to consider are local Bed and Breakfast options!  There are many wonderful Bed and Breakfast Inns and sometimes the rate is very comparable to a hotel and so much more fun.  If you really want to get to “know” a place stay at a Bed and Breakfast.

All that set aside it doesn’t look like it’s going to be that bad.  A regular Microtel.  I think I get a free breakfast….oh that’s right I’ll be driving so NO!  Hmmm I’m going to have to figure out these logistics.

I decided to look up Williams on the Net and found the city page.  It actually looks kind of neat and I’m going to try to get there a little early and maybe take in some sites the day before.

I’ve added the link to Williams below.  I’m interested in Sycamore Falls.  Hopefully I’ll have time after the Expo and packet pick up.  Happy Miles to You!!


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