Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Hotel Daze



Hi all! I'm back from my two-night in-town hotel writing spree! It's good to be home and cuddling my people, and also it was really good to be totally in the book for that time. I've never gone to a hotel to write before. It was very productive!




I stayed at the Ace Hotel in downtown Portland, and it was completely perfect: inexpensive yet cool, filled with art, and the location could not be better. Stumptown Coffee accessible through the lobby, and so many eating options within blocks, including a Whole Foods. Powell's Books is only a block away too, and I did get my late coffee there, but it was not the time to shop! If you're coming to Portland for whatever reason, I would totally recommend the Ace Hotel.



My room was very simple, but it had a nice plank desk. Pretty much all I needed. The giant Tunnel of Love poster? Just a bonus. There were three magazines in my room. One on skateboarding culture, one on beer, and one on female drummers. How great is that?

Really good continental breakfast only $8, including Stumptown French press coffee and local organic cheese and charcuterie, pain au chocolat and many lurvely jars of fresh relishes and jams.



Leonard Cohen on the wall.



Cool lobby, plus cool bikes for borrowing. So Portland.


All right. There you have it. Successful hotel writing getaway at the tail end of writing this book! I am still not quiiiiiiite finishes, so away I go, back to it, 


See you soon!
XO



12 comments:

sarah-painter.com said...

Glad it went well, Laini, and good luck with your deadline! I've always liked the idea of a short writing retreat like that, but am not sure whether I'd just freak out/procrastinate/feel odd. Love the look of the hotel, though. Wish we had something similar here (I live near Edinburgh and none of the hotels could be described as cheap).

Evie said...

I'm so glad you're nearly finished. Purely selfish reasons, I admit ; ) Happy dance aside, have anything planned for when you're completely done, revisions and all?

Portland looks awesome, as usual. I want to visit!

My Wild Wood said...

I know three people here that are anxiously awaiting the release of this book. An entire 2 days deep in story-dom must be lovely! Best of luck with your deadline!!

-KJ

Irene said...

Wow,! That seems like a pretty cool way to tackle a drop-dead date. :-)

Melanie said...

How cool, Laini - you must live in a real-life funky-town! So happy to hear how productive the break was for you.

My hubster has always suggested that I take a weekend away to write whenever I feel like it - so when I get really stuck into this book I might just do that :)

Not the city for me, though. Here I have the options of the mountains or the bay, both just a short drive away...

Laurence King said...

Glad you made great progress on the book. The Ace Hotel looks like a lovely writing and non-writing retreat...Good luck all the way to the finish line!

BooknerdBecca said...

Oh how fun! That looks like a great hotel and I'm so glad you did what you said you would. You're an inspiration to us other writers who procrastinate! :D

Enjoy finishing up and GET DONE! *makes grabby hands*

territrimble said...

It's really thrilling to hear how this book is coming along, and to know that by the end of the year I'll be able to read it! Good luck with your deadline.

Alysa said...

Love that you did this. Love that you blogged about it. Definitely will look in to ACE when (whenever? the sometime?) I come to Portland.

bunbun said...

Lani! I have been waiting over a week for you to come into my store!! I have stories for you about me and your book lol. Come see me!

Mallary

Coco Freeman said...

There's no place like home. But well, I know for sure that you've learned from that trip. I so wanna have a trip to. I want to go to province. A breathe of fresh air.

Amber said...

That looks cool! Thats where we'll stay our next Portlnad trip.

:)

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