And I realized, chatting with a man next to me at dinner one night, that I have recommendations for similar hotels in many towns. He recommended a place in El Paso--where he was headed this week to take his wheelchair-using father to be awarded his high school diploma seven some decades after the father left school early to join an all-Mexican-American unit in WWII. I then recommended the Hotel Paisano in Marfa, and we chatted about the 442nd and other wartime segregation issues, and cool old hotels.
I've also written previously about the delightful Murray Hotel in Livingston, Montana. These are not swanky, grand historic hotels. They may have been back in the day. Mostly they are decorated like Grandma's house and located in train towns. Usually they are cheaper than the modern options. And they are invariable in interesting parts of town near the good restaurants--and parking can be problematic. In short, I suppose, they are not the easy choice, but they have their charms.
A few of the upsides of the Hotel Congress: an incredibly comfortable modern mattress; multiple dining options in the hotel complex, including a terrific breakfast/lunch cafe in the train depot; good/weird wall art. So while it's always good to come home, it's fun to find a good hotel that has the things I like without the things I don't.
Hotel Congress, Tucson; Hotel Paisano, Marfa; Murray Hotel, Livingston.
Almost forgot the Hotel Nipton in the Mojave Desert, mere steps from the train tracks.