Barack Obama: Former U.S. President & A Fan Of Hampton Inn Hotels? Apparently So!

I miss Barack Obama as President of the United States. I don’t even mean from a political point of view – seriously, with exceptions here and there, I’ve historically liked some things that each of our Presidents have done and disliked others. But all that set aside, Obama presented as being, well, normal. He was funny. He’d play with kids. Help little old ladies. Tease people. Sing Amazing Grace at South Carolina State Sen. Clementa Pinckney‘s funeral.

He seemed like he was relatable. As if he was “one of us.” A regular, everyday kind of guy.

Of course, his basic persona is still the same, even if he isn’t POTUS anymore. And that shone through the other day, when he was speaking at a conference in Atlanta. I don’t know the context of how it came up, but apparently, he really likes Hampton Inns.

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Hotel Review: Hampton Inn NY-JFK – Jamaica, NY

The Hampton Inn NY-JFK is located just outside of New York’s JFK airport. Choosing an airport hotel can be tough because many of the reviews are from people who were arriving the night before for an early morning flight, had an overnight connection or were stranded due to a delay. The Hampton Inn JFK is also used by several different airline crews as an overnight stop. Therefore many of the reviews are the same, saying how it’s okay for the night and all they needed was a place to stay.

For me, the Hampton Inn JFK was my base for a 15-night work trip. I guess when your work location has no hotels nearby, the corporate travel agent just puts you up at the nearest airport hotel.

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Through The Kindness Of Hilton, I’m Stuck At Gold Status – They Won’t Let Me Be Diamond

If there was ever a time when I was making a first world travel grump, it’s when I’m complaining that I can’t apply for a status match for top tier hotel status because I already have next to the top-level status. But that’s where I am and I’m just a smidge aggravated that I can’t apply for Hilton Diamond status.

Why can’t I? Because I’m already a Hilton Gold.

HARRUMPH!!!!!

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Hotel Review: Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale-Commercial Blvd – Tamarac, FL

Finding a hotel in Ft. Lauderdale is so frustrating for me. It only takes us about three hours to drive there so we’ll sometimes plan a quick getaway weekend. It’s just far enough away that driving there and back for the day is a pain (especially if we stay late for something), but it’s still close enough to home that we don’t want to spend a bunch of money for a hotel room for one night.

All of the hotels near downtown charge extraordinarily high rates and some of them even charge an additional resort fee as well as mandatory valet parking. I learned this when a free night at a Hilton ended up costing me over $65.

As this was going to be a truly quick trip, I had a few main requirements. The room would preferably be free and relatively close to Ft. Lauderdale. After looking with IHG, Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt there were no good options to redeem points. Even the base hotels were costing a tremendous amount of points in relation to the cash price. Since it looked like I was going to need to pay for the room, I focused on Hilton since Sharon needed a stay to keep her account active. I found a decently priced hotel and booked it for the night, and figured out a way to get it for free, while I was at it.

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Former Hampton Inn & Suites Employee Sues Company & Former Boss After She Tried To Exorcise His “Demons”

This 100% sounds like it should be a “Florida Man” story but it turns out to be out of Eastern Kentucky. Sorry, Kentucky readers – we Floridians just had to share some of the love ;-).

Jason Fields of Leslie County, Florida (oops!) Kentucky is suing his former boss and corporate employer. According to his lawsuit, he had been a front desk clerk in a Hampton Inn & Suites in Hazard, KY, working second shift since 2016. His boss, Sharon Lindon, found out he was getting a divorce and thought his marital problems were because he had demons. So she thought he needed to be cleansed.

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