Cheap hotels and motels save you money, but you get what you pay for. Cold coffee and sausage patties for your continental breakfast. Walls thin enough to hear your neighbor breathe. And a home set of dumbbells that they call a ‘gym.’
No matter how much fun you’re having, you’ll still have to come back to that less-than-ideal hotel. Choosing a luxury hotel over cheaper options makes a huge difference when traveling. Especially when you’re on vacation or traveling for business.
Here’s why luxuries hotels are awesome and worth every penny:
1. Exceptional service
Luxury hotels offer a variety of amazing services:
• Offering to park your car.
• Helping with loading, unloading, and transporting luggage to your room.
• A personable welcome and checkout.
• Directions and suggestions for exploring the area.
• Shoe shining and dry cleaning services.
• Welcoming and departing gifts, such as chocolates, wines, sodas, high-quality beauty products.
• Updated technology to dock your smartphones and tablets.
Luxury hotels market themselves as places with excellent service. They are always consciously trying to provide the best service possible.
2. Events, conferences, and activities
Luxury hotels are equipped with large rooms, sound systems, and tons of parking. This draws in conferences and events, as well as smaller performances. For example, they may have musicians playing at their bar or a stand-up comedian.
If you’re staying at a luxury hotel, you may have the opportunity to attend informative seminars or a fun comic con or anime con. Or if you need a location for a wedding or banquet, start by researching luxury hotels.
3. Beautiful designs and views
The next time you’re in a luxury hotel lobby, take the time to look at its gorgeous designs. They’re the kind of lobbies that have fancy, comfortable chairs. They have thick pillars, high ceilings, and a fireplace. They’re the sort of lobbies you want to stay in for hours chatting with friends.
The hallways have mirrors and glass tables and statues. Once you get to your room, you can look out your window to oversee the city lights and skyscrapers. Or depending on your location you can see mountains, forests, or oceans.
4. Fantastic beds
The best beds I’ve ever used were all in luxury hotel rooms. They’re wide enough to sprawl out on and deep enough to jump on. And the hotel provides a seemingly endless supply of clean sheets, thick blankets, and soft pillows.
The room is always dark and quiet when going to sleep. Every night of rest is deep and refreshing. When you’re on vacation or traveling for business, getting good sleep can make or break your traveling experience. Go for a huge, soft bed.
5. On-site facilities and resources
Cheaper hotels don’t offer as many resources and facilities as luxury hotels. Not only can you use a swimming pool, but you can also use a hot tub and spa. In addition to room service, luxury hotels have an on-site restaurant and bar.
Luxury hotels have a laundry room, a 24-hour fitness center, and a referral service. And if a hotel can’t meet your needs, they’ll at least point you to someone who can. They can put you in touch with a babysitter, petsitter, tour guide, etc.
Luxury hotels make traveling better
Part of traveling is knowing where you’re staying. After a stressful business meeting or a long day at an amusement park, you’ll want to sleep in a big comfortable bed. If you’re hungry, you’ll want the option of room service or a restaurant you can visit in your slippers.
If you’re traveling, treat yourself and stay at a luxury hotel.
Entertainment Companies and Retailers Could Face Mass Extinction
Whether or not the country decides to enact official lockdown measures in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus, some cities like Los Angeles New York City are taking their own measures to try and halt the spread.
Mayors in both cities ordered bars to close and restaurants to only offer take-out and delivery services.
On top of that, movie theaters and concert venues in both cities have been ordered to close.
How other cities handle the coronavirus outbreak remains to be seen, but it’s clear that any business that relies on people gathering in one place could face a serious survival threat in the coming weeks and months.
Here are a few industries and businesses that could face extinction in the coming months if the coronavirus outbreak become a full on pandemic here in the US:
The first ones to come to mind are theater companies if the order to close becomes widespread. The largest two are Cinemark (NYSE: CNK), AMC Entertainment (NYSE: AMC). Also consider National CineMedia (NASDAQ: NCMI) which runs all the ads you see before a movie.
Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities says “There is a genuine concern that [coronavirus] will limit theatrical attendance globally, whether driven by theater closures or fear of contamination.”
Also look at financial pressure being put on companies in the food and entertainment space like Dave & Buster’s (NASDAQ: PLAY).
Particularly vulnerable could be Diversified Restaurant Holdings (NASDAQCM: SAUC), which operates 64 Buffalo Wild Wings Franchises. With restaurants forced to shut down, the company could focus more on take-out orders for it’s popular wings and appetizers.
However, with nearly every major sports league shut down, including the upcoming NCAA March Madness tournament, there’s little need for large orders of wings to feed family and friends at home.
Most vulnerable could be the already struggling retailers like Ascena Retail Group (NASDAQ: ASNA) which owns brands like Ann Taylor, Loft and Lane Bryant.
JCPenney (NYSE: JCP) has managed to hold on a lot longer than many predicted, but this latest blow could be the final one for the company originally founded in 1913. The company’s footprint is now so small that any drop in business due to shoppers staying away could be fatal.
The last retailer is GNC (NYSE: GNC), the seller of supplements and vitamins. This one might be a “beating a dead horse” type of investment as the share price has already plunged from 98% in the last five years. But there’s never any foot traffic in the stores despite near-permanent sales and discounts, so this could be the final straw.
On the other side of the coin, if there are quarantine efforts put into place, it’s clear that a vast majority of Americans will simply double or triple their orders from Amazon for all their purchases. We will also likely see viewing time on Netflix soar.
Also expect a massive uptick in business for delivery companies like GrubHub (NYSE: GRUB).
RetailMeNot’s Five to Buy in February
The wintry temps may make you cold, but February deals are sure to warm your heart. It’s not only a great time to shower your valentine with roses and gifts, but it’s a great time to make other smart and timely purchases as well.
The shopping and trends expert for RetailMeNot, Sara Skirboll, agrees. “With the biggest football game of the year, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day on the horizon, retailers will offer tremendous savings on a variety of categories — from TVs and TV dinners to all of your Valentine’s Day needs.
1. Play Cupid
With Valentine’s Day this month, shoppers might be struggling to find the right present that symbolizes their love. You can never go wrong with a customized gift made especially for them. This month, shoppers looking to go the extra mile for their loved one will save an average of 40% on items like personalized photo albums, picture frames, wall art and more. You name it, they make it — and just because it’s customized doesn’t mean it will break the bank. Turn to retailers like Shutterfly who is offering a RetailMeNot exclusive for 28% off your regular priced purchase.
2. Ding-Dong Deals
While some might make dinner reservations at the fanciest restaurant in town, many will opt to eat at home. Those who do can take advantage of special promotions and discounts. In fact, diners can save an average of 30% off all month long, so be sure to search the food delivery deals from RetailMeNot. Right now, DoorDash is offering 25% off your first purchase and Postmates is offering $15 delivery credit for existing users.
3. Flower Power
Everything’s coming up roses! According to a recent RetailMeNot survey, 46% of shoppers plan to buy flowers for Valentine’s Day this year, up from 34% in 2019. Many florists will be offering promotions and discounts to help shoppers prepare for the holiday. This year, retailers like 1800Flowers are having up to 40% off flowers & gifts and FTD is offering a RetailMeNot exclusive offer for 20% off sitewide.
4. Get Your Game On
Attention sports fans: Discounts on electronics are not strictly reserved for Black Friday! In fact, February is the second-cheapest time of year to buy a new TV. With the big game right around the corner and March Madness close behind, manufacturers will use those big-time events to highlight big savings on big-screen sets. Another reason for the markdowns is that new models will be released next month, so retailers will be looking to make room for new inventory. Shoppers in the market for a new TV should head to Samsung where they can get 10% cash back with RetailMeNot, and Best Buy where they can find up to 64% off clearance items.
5. Meet Your (Price) Match
Life can easily get in the way of finding “the one,” but online dating sites and convenient mobile apps are here to help. Those looking for love are in luck: Dating sites can offer up to 75% off enrollment fees to encourage singles to put themselves out there. Dating sites like eHarmony are offering 35% off all subscriptions and OkCupid is offering free membership.
STUDY: Being Wealthy Adds 9 More Healthy Years to Your Life
Being wealthy adds nine years to healthy life expectancy: a life free from disability and pain, according to transatlantic research.
The 10-year study, conducted across the UK and US, looked at all the social and economic factors behind the reasons why people sink into ill-health as they age.
“We found that socio-economic inequalities in disability-free life expectancy were similar across all ages in England and the US but the biggest socio-economic advantage in both countries and across all age groups was wealth,” said Dr Paola Zaninotto, a professor in epidemiology and healthcare at University College London, which led the research.
Published on Tuesday in the Journal of Gerontology, the data from 10,754 UK adults aged 50 and older, and 14,803 US adults over 50, examined how long people can expect to live free from disabilities and to what extent socio-economic factors play a part.
The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and the US Health and Retirement Study both found that while life expectancy is a useful indicator of health, the quality of life as we age is crucial to determining our health.
“By measuring healthy life expectancy we can get an estimate of the number of years of life spent in favourable states of health or without disability,” said Zaninotto.
“We know that improving both the quality and the quantity of years that individuals are expected to live has implications for public expenditure on health, income, long-term care of older people and work participation and our results suggest that policy makers in both England and the US must make greater efforts into reducing health inequalities,” she added.
In both countries people in the study were divided into groups based on total household wealth. Comparisons were made between the richest and least wealthy groups.
The paper shows that at 50 the wealthiest men in England and the US lived about an additional 31 healthy years, compared with about 22 to 23 years for those in the poorest wealth groups.
Women from the wealthiest groups from the US and England lived around an additional 33 “healthy” years, compared with 24.6 and 24 years from the poorest wealth groups in England the US respectively.
Recent ONS statistics also showed that those aged 65 are seeing their healthy life expectancy increase: since 2009, men in England and Wales aged 65 have gained 31.5 weeks of life and 33.5 weeks of healthy life. Women of the same age have gained 17.4 weeks of life and 23.3 weeks of healthy life over the same period.
But the data also revealed that children born today are likely to spend a larger proportion of their lives in poor health than their grandparents.
They will also benefit from substantially smaller increases in their life expectancy than those born a few years earlier, in the first decade of the 21st century.
In contrast, the proportion of life expected to be spent in good health in the UK has decreased between 2009-11 and 2016-18, from 79.9% to 79.5% for males and from 77.4% to 76.7% for females.
This article’s headline was amended on 20 January 2020 to more accurately reflect the content of the article.
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