I’m what some might call an Army brat. Hi, I’m Asher and I’m five years old. My dad is a soldier and my mom is a writer. She asked me to do a hotel sleepover with her and check out TownePlace Suites by Marriott. The hotel was a 15-minute drive from base, so that meant our vacation could start right away! Mom called it a “staycation” but I think she was just being silly.

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Why I Felt Welcome


The lobby had a fireplace, a candy jar, and a nice woman behind the desk who asked about my ninja turtle Michelangelo. While mom checked in, I grabbed some peppermint candy. The woman was nice to mom too and told her that coffee, tea and hot chocolate were available at the breakfast area 24/7 — the coffee part made mom really excited. Once we received our key card, we passed a fitness center and laundry room on the way to the elevator, where I got to push all the buttons.


Why I Loved Our Room

Mom let me open the room door all by myself. I was surprised to see a full kitchen when we first walked in! It had a refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, dishes, pots and pans. Mom said her favorite part was the coffee maker.

She set up her laptop on the free hotel Wi-Fi while I tested out our queen beds — they felt like clouds, and I had my choice of two types of pillows! I then went to the window, and because we were on the top floor, I told mom that I could see Germany from our room. We used to live there, you know. Things we military kids say…my mom giggled at the statement.

The coolest part of our room was a secret passage! Mom said it was actually a giant closet, but it was special because it connected the bathroom and the kitchen, with doors on both sides. It was perfect for playing hide and seek!


Why I Felt Special

OIn A Pinchur hotel had a pool, but a rainstorm hit, so I’ll have fun with that next time. The TV had great options for me and I watched a PBS Kids show while mom ordered pizza to our room.

After dinner, mom announced that she had a surprise. We headed downstairs to a room filled with treats! She said it was called the In a Pinch® Market. Mom let me pick any one thing I wanted, so I chose a bag of Skittles.

Back in our room, we ordered the movie “Zootopia” and watched it while curled up on our big bed. It was the perfect night.


Why I Loved Breakfast

The next morning I couldn’t wait to see what came with our free breakfast. Mom was excited about her eggs, fruit, yogurt and coffee, but I think my kid breakfast was better. I chose Froot Loops, a muffin, and my first glass of cranberry juice. What can I say? Travel makes me try new things.


Why Other Military Kids Should Try It

When it was time to leave, I didn’t want to go. Mom asked what I liked about TownePlace Suites by Marriott and here is what I said:

  • It was close to home. Mom said they have several locations near military bases.
  • Everyone was nice to me. Mom said they provided excellent customer service.
  • The food was delicious. Mom loved the hot breakfast, availability of snacks and the option to cook during a longer stay.
  • All the great kid TV! Mom liked the variety of kid-friendly entertainment.
  • The pool for another day! Mom said not to worry, all TownePlace Suites have pools.
  • Someone brought a dog! Mom said that TownePlace Suites is a pet-friendly hotel.
  • I want to stay longer next time. Mom said that the hotel is perfect for extended stays.
  • I saw children helping their parents with laundry, and I bet they were also military kids. Mom said that I was probably right because TownePlace Suites offers special military prices.

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Learn More about TownePlace Suites by Marriott

With more than 230 locations in North America, many located near military bases, and all offering special military pricing, TownePlace Suites is an excellent option for military families. Whether you’re traveling, PCSing, on TDY, hosting family or just having a staycation, their spacious suites, free Wi-Fi, and fully equipped kitchens just scratch the surface. Add to that value a fitness center, laundry facility, pet-friendly lodging and a hot breakfast, and it’s easy to see why TownePlace Suites by Marriott is a great option for your military family.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of TownePlace Suites by Marriott. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Jackie Toops Head ShotA self-described “Jackie of All Trades,” Army wife Jackie Toops is a mother of two and enjoys writing, travel, art, languages, slow cooking and peaceful parenting. She studied Interdisciplinary Humanities, Museum Studies and Nonprofit Management, and has overseen public relations for museums, galleries and universities. She is a contributing author for Wall Street International Magazine and has discussed her articles on-air with AFN Wiesbaden. She’s usually seen adventuring with her Canon, a coffee and two small children. Follow her on Twitter.



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