My tag-along trip to Boulder while John is taking a class here got off to a near disastrous start. And by disastrous I mean epic fail, I should have stayed home. But the ticket was bought, and it’s Boulder, so how bad could things be, right?
Premonitions of disaster began when I checked our hotel website. We had stayed there five years ago and it was perfect for me five months after a new hip. The hotel had a pool, beautiful grounds, and backed up to the Boulder Creek walking path. The only downside was that breakfasts were not included and we had to pay extra to get a mini-fridge in our room. Now, the website alerts guests that the pool is closed for repairs. Grrrrrr. Then I read reviews from a month ago that said the main front revolving door was broken, as well as the elevator, and the landscaping consisted of weeds. But we’ve stayed there before and people can be such whiners, you know?
I was working on having a good attitude, when, on our way from the airport to the hotel, our rental car got pinged by two road stones. The windshield looks like the victim of a driveby shooting. The bad vibes on this trip were increasing. (Attempts to reach a human being at Avis have so far been futile.)
We pull up to the hotel and, yes, the “landscaping” consists of weeds. The main revolving door is still broken and a sign at the front desk informs us that the elevator is not working either. We retreat to our pock-marked rental car to think. Thinking takes about 2 seconds. There is no way we are staying at the Millenium Harvest Hotel. Every thing about the place screams “cash flow problems!” The pool repairs are inconvenient, but there is no excuse for a front door and elevator to be broken for a month. And the weeds, hey, if I wanted weeds I could have stayed home. They at least have to be interesting.
(I found the following weed at Sawmill Ponds.)
John pulls out his ipad and pulls up the list of IBM approved hotels in Boulder. The list is long and almost completely booked. Ah, but there is a new Hyatt on Pearl Parkway with a vacancy. We grab it and hightail it out of the nearly vacant Millenium parking lot.
We arrive at the Hyatt and the receptionist hails from northwest D.C. We hit it off immediately. She informs us that the only room available for immediate check-in is a corner suite with mountain view. Would we like to see it? There is a slight charge to upgrade. I totally agree to pay the $25/night upgrade that IBM won’t cover.
The suite is awesome. John and I are giddy with delight and disaster averted. The suite is probably larger than our first apartment. Kitchenette with fridge and microwave. Real coffee mugs and glasses and dishes and stainless flatware. A living room and separate eating area. Comfy bed with phenomenal pillows. (How can a pillow can be thick and heavy and squishably soft all at the same time?) There is an indoor pool that opens to a courtyard. All the amenities of a good business class hotel, tasty breakfasts included. Nothing gritty about this place.
The view? Mountains and a sky full of puffy clouds. And oh, yeah…Barnes &Noble, Whole Foods, and a wine shop. What more could I need? Last night, after a stressful day, we dined in on wine and cheese. This morning, after dropping John off at class, I stopped at Sawmill Pond Trailhead for a wetlands walk with mountain views. This afternoon I will read by the almost outdoor pool, and this evening we will have dinner with our favorite Bouder resident, niece Colleen.
Things are definitely looking up.