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A few weeks ago, I pondered how to spend our two free IHG anniversary certs from our IHG credit cards. Originally, we had booked two nights in Boston to see the Laver Cup. But with that event canceled, we needed to find another use for them before the end of 2020.
Well, I got desperate and spent one of them on a very local hotel.
Pool Staycation for the Win
With no neighborhood pool opening in sight, I decided to use one of the free nights at a very local Holiday Inn Express and Suites. I looked online to see which local hotels had outdoor pools, and I picked the closest one. Before I booked it, I stopped by and checked out the pool to make sure it looked clean and uncrowded.
My sons were busy with other activities, so this pool staycation was just for me and my daughter. Since my husband would still be at home, we didn’t have to pay for pet sitting. It was a very inexpensive getaway.
We arrived around 3:00 p.m. The hotel had some Covid-19 precautions in place, like plexiglass at the check-in desk and a 3-person/1 family rule for the elevators. We threw our stuff in our room and headed to the pool.
There was only one family with 3 kids in the pool when we arrived. The hotel posted that due to social distancing, a maximum of 10 people are allowed. So we shared the pool for a bit, but then the family left and we had it all to ourselves.
This pool was nothing fancy. It was just a plain rectangle, with the depth ranging from 3 1/2 feet to 5 feet. But, it felt perfectly refreshing.
We swam, raced and played games in the pool. Later, we ordered dinner delivery (Pizza Hut, her choice). Then we went back into the pool after dinner and again had the whole pool to ourselves.
Being there reminded me of all the road trip vacations my family used to take when I was growing up. We once went on a 30-day road trip across the U.S.A. The highlight for me and my siblings was always the hotel pools, which were pretty basic like this but fun nonetheless.
In terms of dollar value, this hotel was obviously not a great use of our anniversary free night certificates. We pay $89 for the card’s annual fee, and this hotel was not much more than that for the night. But, based on our limited travel this year, I have no regrets.
My daughter had a blast on her special hotel getaway. And who knows, maybe we’ll do it again before the summer is over!
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.