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Though we can survive most anywhere (as long as it is clean and insect-free), David and I continue to seek out temporary abodes that offer us a unique experience. For some, a hotel is just a place to crash between one place and the next while on the road, and spending any more than necessary is foolhardy. For David and me, a hotel is more than a bed and a shower; staying at a great hotel is like stepping into the pages of Interior Design magazine or taking an E-ticket ride at Disneyland.

After spending a day at “photo l.a.” in Santa Monica last week, there was no need for us to stay the night in Manhattan Beach. If we had continued driving down the 405, we would have been home before dinner. But if we’d done that, we would have missed luxuriating in a Sanijet spa together, bathed in the crimson hues of “chromatherapy” lighting, hypnotized by the swirling flame, and mentally raising the bar for our next hotel one notch higher.

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pete69 Jan. 24, 2008 @ 12:27 a.m.

I once stayed in a dingy s*&^hole motel in Cherry Hill New Jersey and my buddy's mattress had a huge bloodstain on it (like someone had been stabbed to death). We learned this the morning after he slept on it. Ha ha. I won't stay there again. Then there was this other time a the Motel 6 in Ft Lauderdale where a bunch of hookers were staying in this van in the parking lot. The motel entrance had an elctronic locking door to keep the riff-raff out. The hookers were begging us to let them in. Had they been hot, non-diseased hookers I might have succumbed to their sirens' calls. However, they looked like Amy Winehouse so I had to decline.

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jim87vette Jan. 24, 2008 @ 9:30 a.m.

That sounds nice although the cyclone fire sparked my attention, did it emit any warmth? Cool concept though. I have stumbled upon many unique smart design ideas that I have carried into my own home.Its nice to see something work for someone else and you before going to spend all that $$ and have a complete flop. I am not a spotless freak but I do like the place clean and sometimes high price doesnt always reward with cleanliness.Don't you just hate those towels that still have the smell of bleach even though we know they are germ free lol.I think David should of had a more evil smirk on his face when the last shot of him by the tub was shown lol.

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Barbarella Fokos Jan. 24, 2008 @ 10:27 a.m.

Pete, my skin is crawling. Jim, I'll work on that evil smirk thing with David. Rare is the wonderful place that has fluffy, non-bleach-smelling towels, but they do exist. I agree that price doesn't equal greatness -- for us, it's about overall value. We're not looking to waste money, but we do expect to get what we pay for, and when we do (like in Japan, or at that place Shade in Manhattan Beach), everyone is happy. Oh, and that TUB!!! Gotta love it.

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Barbarella Fokos Jan. 25, 2008 @ 8:43 a.m.

Oh, and I forgot to answer the question, yes, that cyclone fireplace does emit heat. But we preferred to stay warm in the tub. Heh, heh. ;)

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