Have you ever stayed at a fancy hotel with a lot of different luxurious accommodations? You know the kind where the hotel itself is the vacation and you’d rather just stay in and soak up the fantastic amenities. It may have a pool, Jacuzzi, hot tub, and spa. It probably has one of the fanciest restaurants in town and a boujee boutique in the lobby. Your magnificent room may have what seems to be a small wine cellar under an amazing coffee bar. Folks are at your beck and call from the moment you step foot on the property.
You couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.
You couldn’t imagine being anywhere else until your fancy key card won’t let you in your fancy door. You try and get someone to help and your “beck and call” is the last place you will find them. You finally get in your room and the gasp that escapes your lips is not one of pleasure. Your room is dirty, the wine is no where to be found, and your fancy coffee bar boasts the finest Folgers you ever found at your local Meijers. The pool is closed along with the Jacuzzi, hot tub, and spa because there is major construction happening this one week during your stay. The restaurant is closed due to a case of food poisoning and the boujee boutique can’t hold a candle to your hometown Target.
Wait. Isn’t this fancy hotel supposed to be the things of dreams? Yeah, until it is your nightmare!
The hotel in this scenario could be exchanged with a number of other nouns. You have something you could write in, I am sure. You choose a place for business or pleasure because people view it as fancy or, the go to term today, boujee. The exterior may be beautiful, but the longer you are around the more you see the reality behind the beautiful surface. Let’s face it…reality isn’t always beautiful. What people choose to show the world can be deceiving. Remember the popular accommodations in The Shining?
The lesson to be learned? Fancy isn’t always best. Yeah, there are some things I won’t buy generic. Cheese. I need my cheese to be real cheese, please. I attended a community college and I know I received a quality education. I love Terra & Sky clothes from Wal-mart. I don’t want to stay in a “sketchy” motel, but I also don’t need a fancy name to get a good night’s sleep. I can find quality without fancy exteriors and broken promises.
By the way, I have never stayed at a boujee hotel. However, I have given my business to places where what was beautiful to the eye became a nightmare in reality. Search out people and businesses (local when possible) with good character, morals and transparency. Let the beauty behind the scenes outshine the dapper exterior.