Monday, October 26, 2009

How the other half lives . . .

As previously mentioned in yesterday's post -- DIY Guy and I spent the weekend in the Twin  Cities -- both of them ... as in Minneapolis AND St. Paul.

Our hotel in Edina was amazing.

Check out these rooms . . .

Pretty nice rooms.
Nicely appointed.
Beautiful beds...

 Those are a couple of the Condo bedrooms.

Here's our modest hotel room

The "heavenly bed" was amazing!
Comforters - not polyester spreads
(not that there's anything wrong with polyester)

The bathroom -- spacious and luxurious

--with both shower and soaking tub

A window with good view of the area - 
with very nice blinds

Back to the Condos...
which had "million dollar" views
not just one view

but many different views
on three sides of the building

did I mention floor to ceiling views?

this condo is 1780 square feet.

The living/dining/kitchen areas = the best features.

huge bathrooms
with "mini tile" rug

moving across the hall to the more expensive model . . .

at 2117 square feet

"The Westin Condos have all the amenities 
that the discriminating buyer has come to expect "
(that's a direct quote from their website)

"Discriminating"  --- really?
How so?

I don't think I resemble that comment.
Nor do I think I want to.

Condo residents have access to the hotel's amenities
 including concierge service for daily needs and event planning

24/7 room service and a signature restaurant; 
maid and housekeeping service; plant watering;

Dog walking; grocery delivery; meal delivery from Galleria restaurants;

 access to a fitness center, meeting rooms and an outdoor courtyard.

and how DIY Guy and I compare:

  • Indoor pool, Whirlpool Spa
    • Private outdoor pool and Spa
  • State of the Art Security 
    • Check --- 2 Yipping Yorkies 
  • Personal Shopping and Grocery Service
    •  Available at Hy-Vee for $8
    • Free when children are home.
  • Dry Cleaning
    • What, no soap and water?
  • Housekeeping
    • When children can be bribed or need gas money.
  • Valet Parking
    • Private 4 car garage - steps away from door.
  • Next to Galleria Shopping – Tiffany’s, Cole Haan, Bang & Olufsen, Starbuck’s 
    • Two minutes from Wal-Mart, Kwik Trip, B-Dubs & Culvers!
    • Three minutes to Tar-jay, Menards, Home Depot, Hobby Lobby
  • Walk to Southdale Mall 
    • Walk to Wal-Mart.
    • Walk to Cafe Caruba
    • Walk to Culvers
  • Condo Monthly Association fee:  $1,000.00
    • not so much
  • Condo Cost:  $1,000,000.00+
    • Home Cost:    Waaaaay less
  • Condo Rooms:  2 bedrooms, 2 baths. (+study in larger condo)
    • 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, + study


  1. I'll take our place -- that other place could give you a nose bleed :)

  2. Fun to visit I bet, but your right...there's no place like home :)

  3. WHY did you not take me with you guys?? That looks like fun.

    btw, my word verification is:




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