Comments: Maybe We'll Stick with Best Western ...

Ben,

You make many a valid point here, although you must understand that not everyone is like us, and THERE IS a significant portion of people who right now are between 23-29 and very much resemble USA Today's significant albeit overgeneralized point. While I don't give a rat's ass about, say, branded coffee, I know many people who do, most of whom are about 5 years younger (they actually say they want "Starbucks" or "D&D", not "coffee". Perhaps it was the internet, which was not around while we grew up but was for our brother's generation, that led to this, I don't know. But I think the USA Today piece is accurate for an unusally large portion of 20-somethings. Of course, those 20-somethings are full of shit. But that's not the point of the article, is it? Props on the hotel point and it's purpose which is to PROVIDE A ROOF OVER ONE'S HEAD. I will pay extra to be within walking distance of attractions and restaurants, sure. But that's it.

Posted by simon from jersey at February 25, 2005 09:26 AM

Hi Simon,

I don't doubt for a bit that many people are actually like those described in the USA Today point, but I do think there are fewer of them than USA Today's article suggests -- even among the upwardly-mobile types who sleep at hotels frequently. The story, simply put, oversimplifies and exaggerates.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at February 25, 2005 02:31 PM