As a flight attendant I love my Boston layovers. Especially when I get 30 hours there. I’m from the area and always enjoy going “home.” My most recent visit was special because my mom was able to join me at the hotel for a sleepover on the second night. Although, when I arrived at the layover hotel I was afraid there wouldn’t be much sleeping going on! There were ton of college age kids swarming around. Yes, I mean swarming. Granted it was Friday night and it was about 11:00pm, but this was not good news for my tired crew. We had flown about eight hours and we were ready for some serious rest. The front desk assured us they did their best to put us in rooms away from the group in question. Who turned out to be a group of over 1000 university students hosted by Harvard University. We signed in and headed toward the elevator and that’s were the trouble began. The hotel we stay at is old and so are the elevators that are only meant to carry 6 people at a time! It took us well over a half an hour to get to our rooms! When I finally arrived at my floor, I literally made my way past drunk kids in the hallway sitting on the floor eating pizza, running, laughing and partying. My room not only was not separated from the “group” it was in the middle of the action. I even had a flyer in my room welcoming me as part of the conference!

There is a happy ending to this story. I decided to call the and talk to the manager on duty. I let her know how much I love the hotel (because I do) and that generally I wouldn’t complain. I tread lightly when I’m at a layover hotel I love because even though I would suffer immensely that night the hotel is beautiful and it’s location is amazing in the heart of the city and I wouldn’t want to cause any issues where we might lose the contract! But, she got it! I also told her I noticed that there was a private elevator to the executive floor and was wondering if they had any availability on that floor. Yes, they did! She was even nice enough to send the bellman up to each of my crew members rooms with new keys to our new rooms. As I got off the elevator on my new floor, the best analogy I can make is it was like going from coach on a flight to Disney and getting reseated in first class! Ahhhhhh! The room was heavenly and very very quiet!!

My mom met me the next morning. We decided to do something a little different on this trip and took the subway, known as the T to Harvard Square. Although, cut a bit short due to the high winds and eighteen degree weather we had a great day eating, shopping and exploring.

So how did I spend my $50 in per diem?

Lunch: $12.00

deep dish pizza and a blue moon beer

LUSH splurge: $19.00

The blonde shampoo and mushroom bubble bath

Tealuxe: $4.50

much needed and amazing hot tea

Dinner at the hotel: $14.00

roasted garlic, brie, raisin chutney, crostini and red wine

Total: $49.50



  1. Ahh. Sara. Boston! I am jealous. But in about 2 years we could be there! Great photo of you, by the way!

  2. What a great post about a great city! I felt like I was there!! Nice job, Sara.

  3. Pati from Plymouth @ 2011-02-24 17:45

    Hey, Sara, Great Post…Had a great time, took a while to defrost, though! Thanks for the memories!

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  5. Love the way you handled the hotel…..smiles…

  6. Nice post about Boston. I’ve been there only once, but it was a FUN visit. I must say, you took the right course with the hotel folks; they don’t want to lose that contract either. If the crews complain enough, it could be toast -and you could end up in a far worse place. (I hear that it has happened.) Fun to visit with Mom on a layover; one has to wonder how/why it is so long, but this one worked for you. And love the budget notes! Lastly, How to Improve your Blog:
    1. Post more often.
    2. Have something to say.
    3. Do not bitch about the ‘self-loading cargo’ unless it is *really* important.
    Happy flying.

  7. Hey Sara!

    Guess who spent $17 on the Blonde from LUSH today? All your raving about it convinced me I had to try it. And it’s awesome!!! I must admit I doubted the bar but it lathered up and created so many suds!!! nice ๐Ÿ™‚
    On another note, I noticed you mention when other airlines are hiring flight attendants.. I think it would be great if you always mentioned it when you heard something.. Delta’s done hiring now and unfortunately I was not chosen so my flight attendant aspirations are back to base 1.
    At least I can continue to enjoy your blog.
    Always a pleasure to read. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Love Lush and this series. Great way to spend the day and $50. Bet you and your Mom had a blast!