Feel like you need a break from the city? Treat yourself to a Daycation

And make full use of the hotel gym, spa and grab a few minutes before heading out for the evening

Have you ever spent a long day walking around a large exhausting city such as London and wished, early afternoon, you could have a quick kip and some time to yourself, to refresh, before heading out for the evening?

This has happened to ourselves at Short Motivation. Rather than stay over, we headed up to London for the day, with the intention of eating out and heading home later the same evening. The idea was good. Got up there, spent a few hours walking around, but quickly felt like a much-needed afternoon kip was required before hitting the all-important evening event. Although we couldn’t. We hadn’t bothered booking a hotel room as we needed to be back in the office the following day.

The next best option was to sit with a couple of coffees in front of the laptop, but those benefits quickly wore off. And we still had to get to the event and drive home, too.

One solution is a Daycation. This is where you book a hotel for daytime use, with the intention of checking out early evening. This suits a hotel as many of them are now aware that many guests are unlikely to arrive until later that evening, giving their staff enough time to turn around the room.

We know what you’re thinking. People book hotel rooms for day use require them for a…specific reason. But, there are other reasons for having a hotel room for the day. For starters, the rooms are often up to 75% cheaper than staying overnight.

Booking a hotel for the day also offers you all the facilities available in the hotel. This includes huge bonuses. Instead of aimlessly wandering around your new city all day, head to your hotel room at lunch, hit the gym, take some time in the spa after, enjoy a light lunch, a quick post-lunch siesta and you’re ready to get back out in the city, refreshed and ready to take on the world.

Step up Dayuse, which is a website and app designed to enable you to find and book a hotel room for the day. Most rooms are available from as early as 10am and most enable you to stay before checking out at 5pm or early evening.

We searched Shoreditch, one of the areas we tend to stay and, more recently, used as a base for business meetings. We were surprised how many hotels were offering the facility to book day use. The Hoxton, one of our favourite hotels, was offering a top room usually costing £259 night for only £109 if used during the day. The Town Hall in Bethnal Green, another hotel we’ve stayed at numerous times, was offering two bookable periods, from 11am through 5pm or 3pm through 11pm, which is perfect if you’ve been traipsing around London all day and need some time out before heading home.

Head to the Dayuse website and check if your favourite hotel will enable you to book day use and take the stress out of a city visit with a “daycation”.


About Author

The co-founder of Short Motivation, Chris originates from a technology background, initially developing software and then migrating to the international magazine industry for the last 15 years. The idea for Short Motivation came from travelling through 2011 and eventually became reality six years later, in 2017.