The retiree took to social media to point out the benefits of living in a Holiday Inn. Here's why it might be ideal for some, but not recommended for others.

By Hannah Bruneman
Updated March 14, 2019

Who doesn’t love a good hotel visit? With almost everything provided, there’s little to worry about. Plus, there’s usually a free breakfast waiting in the morning.

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One man wants to take full advantage of a certain chain’s hospitality by booking an extended stay for his retirement. Terry Robison <a href="

to Facebook to explain his plan to bypass senior living homes altogether and reside permanently in Holiday Inns across the country.

We have to admit—he raises some good points, including the price. A night at the Holiday Inn with a senior discount is $59.23, according to Terry. Of course, that daily price will vary based on timing and location. The national daily average for assisted living costs in 2017 was $123. Plus, hotel guests save money on other necessities with free breakfast, razors, toothpaste, and more. If you started retirement saving late, a hotel might look like the better option.

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Hotels also have amenities like swimming pools, workout rooms, lounges, restaurants, and laundry facilities. Staff will clean your room and make your bed every day, plus, you can order room service.

Of course, the best benefit of all is endless location options. A world-traveler can check more destinations off their travel bucket list as they age.

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At first glance, the opportunity seems too good to pass up. However, unlike a hotel, retirement homes are specially equipped to accommodate aging residents. Medical help is often available at the touch of a button, and community building activities are at your disposal.

Hotels also lack the care some residents need for rehabilitation, memory services, and transportation programs. They’re great for a family vacation but not reliable to care for your aging parents.

So, in theory, a Holiday Inn retirement is great for an able-bodied retiree, but those with medical conditions should seek professional care. If nothing else, Terry’s advice showed us how overlooked affordable hotel chains really are. The next time we’re needing a vacation, maybe we make it an extended stay—one long enough to try every variation of toppings at the complimentary waffle bar.


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