« on: November 14, 2006, 10:52:56 AM »
I don't think you're nuts. I did the same thing in Sept and I'm doing it again for the Dec test. I don't have the most reliable car (ie, she only runs 20% of the time and when she's running she overheats if I try to drive more than 15 miles) and I didn't want the added stress of panicking b/c my car wouldn't get me to the test on time. I picked a hotel that was walking distance from my test site (i also happen to work there so it's free for me ;-) ).
I agree about finding out about sports teams/fraternity conventions/high school reunions going on in the hotel. On your reservation specify that you need a quiet room, away from elevators, ice machines, stair wells, and NOT a connecting room (these rooms are soooo loud if there is someone in the adjoining room!). Put comments in your reservation about why you need a special quiet room. I work for a 4-star hotel and when we're blocking rooms we block rooms with specific requests first. Also, when you check in, tell them again why you need a quiet room and ask nicely if there are any concierge floor rooms available, these floors are usually business travellers and least likely to have families with crying babies, plus you get the appetizers at night and breakfast in the morning!
Depending on the hotel, the bed in the room may be more comfortable than yours at home! Starwood and Hyatt hotels have rolled out pillowtop beds in most of their hotels, and Marriott is following suit. I love the Heavenly beds at the Westin!!