So now that I've had dozens of painful airplane rides all over the place, times spent near bathrooms and galleys in seats that would not move, I've found two amazing web sites that give me the information I need. They both give you the skinny, the down-and-dirty about the seats that you will spend many hours in. And if you are like me, you are not flying business class in the new 180 degree seats, the kind that allow you to curl up and have a nice snooze. No, you are with me in steerage.
So here they are: SeatGuru and SeatExpert. All you do is plug in your happy seat choices, and pray that the seats do not come up "red," bad, bad bad seats (like all of rows 20, 21, 46, 47 on a 767-300). So if you find yourself debating whether you should take the cheaper flight but the only seat that is left is 47 B, go for the more expensive ride. Your back will thank you.
Another fun list was the Conde Nast Best in the World 2010 list. These lists contain a very few hotels and resorts I have been to over the years, but mostly, not. If I have to be categorized, I'm more of a Holiday Inn girl than a Four Seasons girl. On the best of the best of the best of these lists, though, I've been to none of them. However--I could have. For at number 75 is the Hotel Murano in . . . in . . . Tacoma, Washington.
When I first read this list, I stared at number 75. How was this possible? The best hotel in the world is in Thailand. Number 99 is in Dana Point, CA. In between are cities known for their cultural bounty, their geographical beauty. Tokyo, Boston, Paris, Positano, Phuket, Sonoma, Zurich, Pebble Beach, Cuzco, Florence.
But Tacoma? Really?
I've spent a lot of time in the Northwest, and the days I've spent in Tacoma have been okay. Tacoma, to me, is grey and sadly traumatized by the economic downturns faced by a former logging society. There is the Sound that is gorgeous, but Tacoma is known for--the airport.
So I logged onto the Hotel Murano web site, and it costs per night only 35 dollars more than the Red Lion Inn in Olympia, Washington, where I have spent many, many nights in stuffy, old, non-luxury.
So as I have one son still residing in the Northwest, I have big, big plans for myself. I am going to go in style! I am going to stay at the 75th best hotel in the world! Go, me.
In any case, check out all three of these web sites. Plan your flights, plan your stay. Check out Tacoma.
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