If you are reading the above schedule, you are probably scratching your head as to what decade and where on earth is this photo is from.
My family and I just returned from a quick trip up north to see the ice castles and to go snow tubing. It was a last minute decision to head out so I went to hotels.com to see if I could find anything available. You can cancel your reservation last minute and not pay which is why I use the website to book last minute getaways often.
The Arlington had a 4.5-star review, had an indoor pool, gaming room for the kids, was 20 minutes from where I wanted to be so it checked all of my boxes. 15 minutes before we arrived I started taking a closer look at the hotel that I had booked. The reviews began telling a tale that I had to investigate. A mix of 5-star and 2-star reviews had me scratching my head, what could be happening here? I went directly to The Arlington Hotel website and saw that it was a kosher hotel that served everyone and thought, oh well no bacon at breakfast, we can just eat elsewhere.
Then the bathing hours had me scratching my head;
Am I in an episode of Black Mirror or the Twilight Zone?
Is this even legal?
Whose rights are more important?
I wanted to scream "Woman's suffrage, Jim Crow, #Metoo, ill-treatment of LGBTIQ persons."
I mean, I understand that if I am going on a vacation to Dubai, I need to respect local culture and rules and wear a Burqa- so I choose not to visit that place.
How the hell is this happening in New Hampshire?
After my initial shock and panic, I took a deep breath and really thought through why I felt so conflicted.
Then, I felt like a jerk.
This Hotel caters to a group of people with strong religious beliefs, and I chose to stay in this hotel, so I used this as a learning experience for my children and myself.
We followed the rules and waited our turn for the pool to spend family time together. We learned about practicing/ non-practicing, branches, sects, and divisions of Judaism.
We learned that Hasidic Jews are Orthodox, but most Orthodox are not Hasidic.
We learned what was Kosher, and what a Mezuzah was outside of every door in our hotel.
We made a reservation we wouldn't have made if we had all of the information, and made it an experience. My family isn't every family.
Should Hotels.com have disclaimer on this hotel- 100%
Did we make the most of it; absolutely.