How Far Does $19 Go? Pretty Darn Far!
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February 13th, 2010 – by: sweetsummerdaiz
On the off chance that hotels at high season would be affordable I decided to play with fate. The place I was eyeing was about $150 a night. I am a Priceline Believer, so, just for fun, I named my own (admittedly ridiculously low) price using the Cash Bonus that I found in the entertainment book.
Vacation day finally arrived. I headed to Milwaukee to board on my free ride to Phoenix courtesy of AirTran. The few days before dumped much snow and ice throughout a swath of the Midwest, so there were many grumpy people at the airport who had been stranded for a day or two. Luckily for me (because I am always lucky when I travel), my flights were only about 30 minutes behind schedule (AirTran has been great that way for me) so that left me just enough time to go have dinner in the airport. I called the hotel and shuttle service to let them know of the delay.
A few hours later, I arrived at Sky Harbor relaxed and happy that I was warm again. My flight touched down around 12:30am. When I checked in at the hotel, you can imagine my expression when I hear these words from the check-in desk: "All the regular rooms are filled for the evening, so if it is okay with you, we would like to upgrade you to a Villa for the evening." For $19 a night I was put into a 3 bedroom, 2 story, 4 patio villa situated with a gorgeous sunrise view of the lake and 8th hole on one of the golf courses. It was hilarious! 3 bathrooms and a full kitchen. I admit, it was the first time traveling where I actually FELT alone because the place tripled the size of my own home. It was a great way to wake up.
The next morning I was told by the front desk that I would be moving to a regular room.
Much of the next couple of days I chose to explore the city of Scottsdale. I made the jaunt from my resort to Old Town to see what that was all about. While Old Town has some highlights, it was not that interesting to me.
For dinner I headed down to the Diamondback Lounge. This day also happened to be Valentine's Day. I sat at the bar and ordered a creme' brule and a glass of wine. The bartender was from Chicago so we discovered some common experiences from the Midwest. With free wine and a sun-filled, fun-filled day... it was the best Valentine's Day --- otherwise known as "Singles Awareness Day" in a long time.
Over the next couple of days I took in the sights around town including Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin East. This place was such a drastic change from his Spring Green School and home, yet so beautifully and wonderfully mastered in its own way.
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