This post is sponsored by Embassy Suites.
If you’re following me on Instagram, you know we’re in the midst of a major kitchen remodel. We’re about nine weeks in, with five(ish) more to go.
A new wood floor went in last week, so we had to move into a hotel to avoid the noxious fumes put off by the finish. Given how many expensive surprises this remodel has uncovered ($igh), I was especially thankful for my partnership with Embassy Suites (I’ve created a series of family travel hacks for their #Prettygreat Family Travel Hacks site). Embassy Suites provided us with a room for the night in downtown Portland.
Have you ever booked a hotel in your hometown before? This was out first time experiencing Portland as guests rather than residents. And let me tell you: our 24-hour “enforced staycation” felt like a legitimate escape, even though it was mid-week, with work for Rael and me and homework for the kids.
Vacationing at home is a smart choice for families during the busy and expensive holiday travel season. But if you’re like me, true relaxation only happens away from the house. I find it hard to find my free spirit when there’s laundry, mail, and other household details crowding my peripheral vision.
All of that floated away when we stepped into the hotel lobby, even though it was a ten-minute drive from home. The Downtown Portland Embassy Suites is located in the restored Multnomah Hotel. Built in 1911, the hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places. We were all a bit giddy when we saw it, and we felt like VIPs.
Our room was immaculate and spacious, with separate rooms for the kids and Rael and me. The “vacation” continued with drinks and snacks for all of us at the evening reception and made-to-order breakfast the next morning.
We headed back home the next day refreshed. What could have been one more remodeling inconvenience turned into a surprisingly relaxing family getaway.
Conclusion: a local hotel stay is a great way to upgrade a staycation or a visit from extended family (everyone stays in a hotel for the night and plays tourist). So much cheaper than flights out of town, and so much more restful and fun than sleeping at home.
My thanks to Embassy Suites for sponsoring this post and giving such a nice place to crash for the night. All Embassy Suites rooms are two-room suites equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker. Also included: a free hot, cooked-to-order breakfast, and a nightly reception with snacks, drinks, and fun activities for the kids. Find more family travel hacks on the Embassy Suites #PrettyGreat Family Travel Hacks site on Tumblr.
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