Confession time. Yes, we've done it. We've walked into the lobby of an expensive posh hotel and not stayed the night. Some of the truly lavish hotels have lobbies that are amazing and worth a look, even a sit-down in a lobby chair and a little people watching just for fun. Smarter Travel has an article about this very thing and I was amused to find several hotels on their list that I'm familiar with.
The first, I've written about before, The Hyatt Regency at the Arcade in Cleveland. We've been to the Arcade often on trips downtown just to walk in the historic building and enjoy the ambiance and a cup of coffee.
We've actually stayed at the second, the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. We were there years ago for a business convention or trade show. I remember being awed at the huge cavernous central lobby with elevators crawling up and down. The lighting and landscaping is fabulous. It was a real treat and thankfully a business deduction.
Another that I was a bit surprised to see was Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas. I don't think it compares with the elegance of some of the others but certainly is very interesting as are most of the hotels along the Strip. It is quite a tour to just go and walk through the lobbies of the hotels. They are each unique and did I mention they each have unique restaurants and shops?
Also on the list was one will will have to check out soon on our next road trip west, The Glacier Park Lodge. Who new a park lodge would rate as a lavish hotel lobby?
The next time you are in need of a little luxury but it's not in the budget, stop in and have a look see at some of the big hotel lobbies in the area and maybe splurge at one of their restaurants. After all, hopefully you've saved some money staying at the Holiday Inn.