Hotel living sounds like it should be amazing, at least to me. Why? Probably because I love travel and grew up watching Gossip Girl where Serena lives in a fancy hotel. Despite booking a cheap 2-star hotel for an eight-day stay while we finalized the paperwork to buy a new house, I was excited. Free continental breakfast, unlimited coffee and a daily housekeeper to keep things clean? Sounds great! Except… it isn’t.
Lots of Baggage
Hotel living is great if you’re traveling with a suitcase. Unfortunately, I have lots of baggage, and I don’t mean the emotional kind. When I say that I am working from a hotel, I don’t mean typing on a laptop – like I am right now. In fact, I would bet that the staff here has never seen someone bring quite so much stuff to their hotel room before…
First, I am high maintanence when it comes to my home office. I am an inbox keeper and do other admin tasks that require lots of typing, copy pasting and having a million tabs open at once. In order to not die after eight hours of this a day, I need a giant monitor. I have a 32 inch (82 cm) curved Samsung monitor meant for gamers. Then I have a large ergonomic keyboard and mouse that makes endless typing and clicking a little more bearable.
Next to my crazy set up I have a temporary small aquarium for my five tiny tetra fish and their filter. But that’s not all… I don’t use my work laptop for anything but work. So next to this is the computer that my husband, Isaac, assembled himself and a second monitor. This attaches to our regular printer and thermal label printer. Which gets me to the crazy part… The thermal label printer is for my Etsy store, Everyfelt. The plan is to do Etsy full time once we move so we have to keep the momentum moving.
Etsy in a Hotel: Hotel Living
I am not crafting in the hotel, that would be too much even for me! But I did bring 12 large storage containers – the kind that are used for hardware storage for organizing nails, screws, etc. Then we have about 40 dollar store containers for stuff that doesn’t fit in the larger ones.
All this needs to be set up for easy access since we currently get an average of 20 orders a day. Of course, I also have a small toolbox for hooks, earring backs and loops as well as a giant box of envelopes and bubblewrap. Then there’s the 10 boxes that all of it came in, stacked up in the corner ready for us to repack on Monday.
It all looked cute and perfect on day one. But I am writing this on day six. I see stray hooks all over the floor, boxes on top of the two beds and pliers on every surface. Then theres the piles of boxes full of products that we’ve been reviewing for YouTube. This is all too much for one hotel room. Due to the mess, I have not had the housekeeper come in.
It’s 2020 and WiFi is expected in a hotel, even if it’s just 2 stars. While the WiFi in our room is great for streaming Netflix and Hulu, it is not great for work. Large, shared Excel documents that require a VPN to safely connect to DO NOT do well. Sometimes it works for two wonderful hours without any issue. Most of the day it needs to be reset every 10-15 minutes. While they have ethernet ports in the room, they do not work.
Make sure to pick a hotel that has great WiFi and backup options if your job requires anything more complex than email and browsing. Normally, I’d suggest finding a hotel that has conference rooms or spaces to work outside of your room, because being in one room all day every day is enough to drive anyone crazy. However, during COVID-19 you probably want a great working space in your private room.
Hotel living may sound exciting and fun. And it is, if you are in a fancy hotel and don’t need to wrestle with the WiFi. We are staying at the Super 8 by Wyndham in West Greenwich and it is not at all bad for a 2 star hotel. The staff is great, the continetnal breakfast is meh but edible and they gave us a great room with easy car access due to all our stuff.
The cons are that their coffee is literally the most disgusting thing I’ve ever tasted and the internet is unreliable. It was one of the cheapest hotels available for just $77 a night including tax. This is less than we are paying for our dogs to stay at doggy daycare. I am really grateful that we found this place and overall would give it 4 stars. I just wish I had known in advance that the coffee is bad, cause I would have brought my coffee machine despite already having too much stuff here.