I read this article in Town and Country magazine written by Amor Towles and how he was inspired to write his book about a man sentenced to ‘house arrest’ in the Metropol hotel across from Kremlin. It got me thinking.
If I were put under indefinite house arrest in the hotel of my choice (because in my daydream I’d get to choose :)) which one would I pick? The rules are that I’d have the run of the hotel and I had to have stayed there already. So, it would have to have food and preferably a nice lobby and bar to meet new people. As Towles talks about in the article, the people who come into the hotel are going to be your touch with the outside world, so that’s a consideration too.
After spending a little too long making a list of possibilities last week after I took Gage to school. I made my choice.
Stowe Mountain Lodge in Vermont. We were upgraded to a suite and it was my favorite room we’ve ever stayed in. It was cozy and felt like home. The food was good and the lobby was gorgeous. There was also a spa, so that’s a bonus. The cold weather wouldn’t matter since, hello, I couldn’t leave anyway. Here are a few pics from our trip there in 2013.
So, what hotel can you see yourself holed up in for an extended period of time? Can’t wait to see what you choose!
10 thoughts on “Hotel House Arrest”
I think the Stowe Mountain Lodge in Vermont would be a lovely choice! Trying to think of which hotel I would pick of the ones I’ve been to. Maybe the one in Hawaii? The one in Kona in particular was a favorite, if only because of the view. The internet connection was spotty though. If we’re talking about a hotel with all the luxuries, than by far it would be the Mission Inn right here in town. What a fun topic, Stacy!
I have to think that any hotel in Hawaii would be a great choice!
Joni and I celebrated an anniversary about a month ago in Napa. It’s a division of Hyatt Hotels called the Andaz. We were there 3 nights and loved it. We could definitely see ourselves stuck there for some period of time.
Happy Anniversary! I hope to visit Napa someday, maybe even Andaz!
Probably a good idea to have “spotty internet” when you have a great view 🙂
I had forgotten I wanted to read Towles new book – thanks for the reminder.
Does a cruise ship count as a “hotel”? If it does, I’d be floating somewhere in the Caribbean for eternity!
I like that idea!
I’d definitely stay at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. I love NYC and even if I couldn’t go outside, there is plenty to see outside the windows, like the Empire State Building. There are two restaurant choices. One is a diner and one is an upscale restaurant. There is also a small museum, but I can’t remember the name. The rooms are amazing and there are plenty of floors to roam around. There’s also a fitness center and more.
I was trying to think of a New York hotel, because I’d love the vibe and people that came in and out! We’ve stayed in the Waldorf and Plaza and a few other smaller ones but not one I’d stay in for an extended amount of times. We’ll have to try the Wyndham next time!
I’ve not stayed in many fancy hotels. Normally I’m in a Premier Inn/Travel Lodge/Holiday Inn and they wouldn’t be much fun to be stuck in indefinitely.
In Glasgow there’s a hotel called the Crown Plaza which we used to stop in every December to go and see a concert. It’s pretty posh and has a glass-sided lift which goes up the outside of the building so you can see the entire city. I guess I could stay there.
Alternatively, a hotel somewhere cosy with a big library; preferably with a big open fireplace would suit me just fine.