Hmm. . three nights, in a hotel, all by myself? What would I do? Would it be weird to stay in a hotel room all alone? Would I be lonesome? Would I be scared? How would my family fare without me? All of these questions ran through my head as I accepted a chance to go and meet several other amazing bloggers on a trip to Dearborn, Michigan just a few short weeks ago. This was a new experience for me, to travel alone, since normally we take trips as a family. Agh, oh well, let’s go for it. After all, new experiences have always been pretty exciting to me.
As I packed up my bags, my husband and kids sat on my bed with sad puppy dog faces. They wanted to come along with me, but nope, this time mommy was flying solo. I was, in fact, starting to feel really excited about taking this little trip alone. I mean, it did perfectly coincide with my birthday weekend. It was fate.
I loaded up my little white car with my luggage, kissed my babies and left my husband standing with the van keys in his hands (haha). My GPS was programmed, I put on some mommy tunes (you know, songs other than ABC and princess songs) and I was off! The drive wasn’t too bad, I only contemplated turning around three, maybe four, times. However, as I arrived into the main drive of the adoba hotel®, I slowed my car to nearly a stop and surveyed the hotel. I had to actually lean forward to see out my driver’s window to the very top. Wow, I thought. I am so glad I agreed to come to this!!
When I walked in the door, this is what I saw. Levels and levels of rooms, beautifully cascading lights that hung all the way from the ceiling to the main floor, rich gold colors and welcoming faces smiling back at me. This place was swanky!!
I cannot lie. As soon as I walked into the freshly cleaned room I threw myself back onto the bed, in a snow angel position taking up every inch of the bed to myself, closed my eyes and listened to the silence. (A big sigh) Did I miss my family? You bet I did! Did I still want to go home? Not a chance!
I took some time to get myself acquainted with my room before I went and met the other bloggers. There was everything here that I needed. A desk to get some work done (complete with fresh snacks), a TV in case I needed some noise later on to remind me of home, a nice chair to sit and have my morning coffee in and a view of Dearborn, MI that couldn’t be beat!
This definitely seemed like a really nice hotel, much like many of the other hotels my family has stayed in. However, from what I found over the next three short days is that this hotel is very different! Did you know that the adoba hotel® is eco-friendly? Seriously!! All of their guest rooms are treated with a PURE air purification process that removes 99% of pollutants and utilizes tea tree oil to maintain a stable, clean environment. Maybe this is why it was so relaxing here? Well, it could have been that or just the fact that the room was so super clean and I didn’t need to do anything to make it that way. Either way, I’m not complaining.
After I was able to muster up enough energy to get back up off the bed, I next wandered into the bathroom. Naturally, this is always one of the first places that I check when checking in to a new hotel just to make sure they are nice and clean. I flipped on the light switch, looked clean. No garbage in the can, no toothpaste in the sink, nice white towels hanging from the rack and there on the counter sat a fresh roll of toilet paper and those fun little travel sized soaps that I love.
Have you ever wondered what a hotel might do with the soap you don’t use during your stay? Do they just throw it away? If so, what a waste! Do you take them all with you when you go? What do you do? I was curious, so I asked. The answer that I was given amazed me about the eco-friendliness of this hotel even more. The adoba hotel® is one of only a few hotels in Michigan to participate in the Global Soap Project. This project takes all of the partially used and discarded soap from hotels, which they must legally throw away after you leave your room, and reprocess it into soap that is donated to people who lack access to it around the world. Can you imagine not ever having soap to wash your hands with? This project is helping to diminish disease and is giving a fresh start to people who treasure something that we so often take for granted.
I smiled as I headed down to the lobby to meet up with the other bloggers. When I arrived to the lobby I was told that we would all be heading over to the local mall for some touring. We walked out the front door and, would you look at that, the local mall just so happens to be on the other side of the parking lot from the hotel. You can practically walk there! Yes, it seemed as though everything was falling into place. 🙂
Here is a look at how amazing this mall was on the inside. Isn’t that simply gorgeous? This place is called the Fairlane Town Center, and it is beautiful.
After a fun evening of shopping and eating (which I will talk more about later), we headed back to the adoba hotel® for a little R&R. I decided not to rest, but to wander the never ending hallways of the hotel. I can’t help it, it’s the explorer in me.
Lucky me, guess what I found? A fabulous pool area complete with a deck, sauna, heated pool and workout room. Nice!
Everything I was finding during my stay was causing me to like this place, and my decision to come, more and more. Over the weekend I was able to see that Dearborn, MI is a great place to come and relax, shop, eat and pamper yourself. This is only part one of my adventure, be sure to stay tuned for more fun and exciting things I found to do in the Dearborn, MI area.
If you would like to find out even more about the adoba hote® their mission to be an eco hotel, click here.