The Hard Truth: Hotel Pool EditionAllana Harkin
It’s happened to me a few times and those times still haunt me from time to time.
I’m at the check in desk at the hotel. It’s a last minute booking which means I haven’t had time to stalk the website and fantasize about having a lobby cocktail. I pass the front of desk staff my credit card for “incidentals” (let’s admit it – we all sweat a bit) and then casually inquire about the location of the hotel pool. He hands my card back and then barely looks me in the eye:
“We don’t have a pool.”
I drop the card. I can’t tell if it’s from shaking or shock.
“Sorry, (I laugh uncomfortably) I thought you just said you don’t have a pool. Ha Ha Ha Ha.”
“We don’t. But we have a fitness room on the 4th with two ellipticals.”
I now have a chest pain. I’m also secretly hoping there is a swim option on the elliptical.
I’m grateful I didn’t run into the same fate at my weekend stay at the The Westin Habour Castle in Toronto. In fact, full disclosure, I believe it took me 13 seconds to type in the hotel name and search “pool?”.
Really my dream job in life would be visiting hotel pools. Does that job exist? I want it. Call me.
The pool at The Westin Habour Castle is indoors to accommodate those 8 Canadian months of the year that are essentially freezing and you want to pretend that you live in a balmy climate. What I liked the most, besides the fact that the pool simply existed, was the huge windows and children’s play area.
Go. Swim. Be Merry.
And for all those pool-less hotels out there, I sure hope you make a refreshing lobby cocktail. Because I will be swimming in it.
Yours in water,
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