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How to Make Your Hotel Feel Like Home

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In The Happy Prince and Other Tales, author Oscar Wilde said, “Travel improves the mind wonderfully…” Journeying to new places helps boost your mood and relieve the stresses of daily life.

Traveling has its own challenges, though. As exciting as new places and experiences are, it can be difficult to be away from the comforts of home. Luckily, Magnolia’s four-star boutique hotels have everything you need to get a restful night’s sleep and enjoy your time away. Here are a few easy and clever ways to make your spacious room feel more like home.

Air Out the Differences

Does your kitchen always smell of cinnamon? Do you smile at the fresh, breezy scent of clean laundry? Determine which smells remind you of home and carry a scented candle or air freshener with the same scent. Even if you don’t light it (a safety issue in most hotels), the open jar will subtly evoke your senses.

Bring a Blanket or Throw

No matter how luxurious our high-thread-count sheets are, or how plush the mattress, our hotel bed won’t be an exact match for yours. Bring a favorite blanket or throw to help you sleep in familiar warmth. If you’re a very particular sleeper, toss your daily pillow and/or mattress topper in the suitcase, too.

Pack Your Favorite Comfortable PJs

Comfortable, familiar pajamas can also remind you of home. Even if you’re tempted to break in the baby-soft silk set you received as a gift, pack your favorite comfy cotton PJs as a Plan B.

Watch Your Favorites

There’s plenty of time during your vacay to get out and see the sights. Take an hour or two in the morning or at night to unwind with one of your usual weekly TV programs. Whether you adore Modern Family or Fear Factor, your brain’s pleasure centers will light up at the tradition. The same goes for avid readers who pack their favorite paperback.

Studies have shown that traveling boosts creativity and productivity. For example, three-quarters of the HR professionals surveyed by the Society for Human Resource Management reported that employees who take vacation time are happier and more productive than their peers.

Travel can improve mental health, relieve stress and create long-lasting memories that improve your mood long after the trip is over. By making your Magnolia Hotel room feel like home, you can get the best of both worlds: the comforts of home plus the luxury of an award-winning hotel.