It was mid-spring last year when the hubby and I, with our seven month-old daughter in tow, flew to U.S. for a business trip and an interview that paved the way for fulfilling our dream of doing a round-the-world trip. Since it was an official business trip our plane tickets, car rental and accommodation were paid for. Hence we chose a nonstop flight from the Philippines, a Ford with a sunroof, and a room in Marriott Santa Clara Hotel.
Abusive it may seem, how we basked in sponsored luxury, but you see... Ford Focus is not the poshest model in the market even if it has that awesome sunroof. And you may be surprised to know that Marriott Santa Clara offers rooms for a little over a hundred bucks per night. Definitely not synonymous to high rollin' in North America.
After a swift check in, we dumped our luggage onto the trolley and dragged it ourselves to the lift. It had been a long day, even a dingy highway hotel room could have sufficed to satisfy our basic needs. But good karma (or so I consider it) provided us something that's way more than our usual accommodation.
Opening the door was a hallelujah moment. Because of the hotel's proximity to Silicon Valley's big companies, the room screams business. Its minimalist design showcases a few modern pieces like framed monochrome photographs and sleek furniture.
The bedside alarm clock-slash-radio-slash-snoozer was waiting to be tinkered, and the coffee machine was ready to brew. An office desk sat in the corner. The immaculately clean bathroom, supplied with branded toiletries and accentuated by dramatic bathroom lighting fixtures, lured us... But a shower had to wait for we were to meet long lost relatives that eve before hitting the sack.
We initially planned to stay just for a night cause we'll be heading to Sacramento to meet more relatives from the hubby's side. This itinerary however, changed once we entered our room. A decision reinforced by the marvelous buffet brekkie we had the next day. Yes, the brekkie made us extend another night. It was after all, going to be covered by the company as well. Couldn't let that extra night go to waste!
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