Using & Not Using Apps to Find a Hotel Plus Eating in Nantucket

Written by pauline frommer on 6/23/2010 9:13 AM | COMMENTS (2)

Perhaps it's because I don't yet own a smartphone and was using my husband's (somehow whenever I try to use his gadgets I  morph into Lucille Ball--waaahh!), but I was unimpressed with my first foray into using apps to find a hotel on the road.

We had two apps on my husband's I-Phone. The Kayak app (a favorite travel search engine of mine online) and an app called Hotels By Me. The first was an immediate disaster as it didn't have a GPS feature, a big bummer. I had to type in the name of the city I was in, and by the time I'd finished doing that on the highway (DH was driving), we were up to the next town. Ditched that app.

HotelsByMe worked a little better, as it allows users to simply press a key to bring up nearby hotels and (supposedly) their prices. We were on the highway just beyond Providence, RI when we decided to stop and it led us to a Radisson in a small town. The price was good but the reviews were mixed and after a quick glance inside the lobby (grungy) we decided to move along.

I wasn't going to consider Hampton Inn because the price on the app was higher than I wanted to pay. But it was just down the road, so we decided to stop in. I ran into the lobby, asked about prices and the receptionist looked me right in the face and said "The lowest rate I can offer you is the AARP rate". That stopped me in my tracks.

"Um, I'm not a member of AARP...yet," I gasped, thinking to myself, Holy Cow! How old do I look tonight?

She responded with a laugh, "Oh, I know that, honey. I'll just give you the rate anyway."


So we ended up finding a nice, well-priced hotel the old-fashioned way. So much for my app experiment!

I wrote last time about the fun of Provincetown. After that, we went to Nantucket where my wonderful in-laws (and I say that without irony, I truly am the luckiest daughter-in-law ever) have a house. And we've been here ever since.

On the first night, I managed to convince everyone that a big salad and chicken sausages would be a fun meal (and within my POINTS values, but I didn't mention that!). Last night, however, my father-in-law announced that it would be "Pizza Night", the kids cheered and I was stuck trying to save enough points earlier in the day to make that a viable option. (Frankly, I don't think I succeeded and have a feeling I'm going to gain on this vacation).

Tonight is "lobster night", so I'll sub out the melted butter for cocktail sauce and should do just fine, thank you very much.

 I'm hoping to do something towards some activity points though I'm not sure what that will be! It's a foggy day here, so I may get stuck inside keeping the kids occupied. We'll see.

Still, so lovely to be in such a beautiful, serene place.

(Photo by Miles Gehm)

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  • Post Image skk1969

    6/24/2010 5:28 PM
    I think the smartphone use is finding the right app at the right time. Something that rarely happens... LOL Lobster night sounds wonderful to me. Hope it was fun!! :-)

  • Post Image judy cocherell

    6/23/2010 4:03 PM
    Lobster night--that sounds great!! Enjoy!


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