Hotels have been a large part of my domestic life.
I met my husband, who travels constantly for work, in the lobby of a hotel -- the Chateau Marmont, in LA.
Our first, second, and third dates were all in hotels: the Hotel Cipriani in Venice, the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur and the Gran Hotel de Milan in Italy.
He first told me he loved me in a hotel (again the Chateau Marmont); I realized I loved him at the Peninsula in Hong Kong.
We had two years of a blissful home life -- all in hotels.
The next time we were at the Chateau Marmont it was for our wedding.
After we married, we tried to settle down.
It should have been a happy time evolving from hotel-skipper to homemaker -- decorating, co-mingling our things, arguing over couches, cooking, cleaning and entertaining friends and family.
But the more we nested, the more I yearned for the freedom of hotels.
They had become my habitat, with an internationalized culture that feels more like home than my actual home: an idealized, perfectly run household.
Houses are so complicated, so full of banal details.
Hotels are carefree, above all trivialities
Life is the same -- sleeping, waking, working, eating, sex -- but at a hotel everything is touched with novelty.
Here's why things in life are all better in a hotel.
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1. Wild sex
Sex requires surfaces, and if the surface of your partner never changes, the location can add the variety you crave.
At The Ring Hotel in Vienna we were once given a magnificent suite with an enormous dining table that we eyed lustfully.
If we were at home, such escapades never would have happened: naked on the table where we'd eat Thanksgiving dinner?
In a hotel, anything goes.
Once, when we were checking into Shutters in Santa Monica, a famous Hollywood actor was checking in beside us with two women. Ever since, we've nicknamed it "Slutters."
All hotels have a hint of delicious mystery, like the best sexual relations, they are exotic places unable to be possessed.
It's no wonder they're popular for affairs and clandestine adventures. Just try not to think of all the other people that have had them there too.
2. Perfect sleep
Outside of hotels I'm a restless sleeper; only in hotels can I find oblivion.