Basecamp Boulder

As in Basecamp Hotel located in Boulder, Colorado! Hands down best hotel I’ve ever been to. It wasn’t luxurious by any means, but that’s why I loved it. The staff are wonderful, the complimentary cookies at the front desk were amazing, and the atmosphere was so lovely. But really I’ve got to tell you all how this trip even happen. It is quite a story.

So as you all remember my friend Kayla was going to be coming up for the weekend. I had it all planned out. A great mix of activities and times to relax. As soon as she got to town, we decided to get some grocery and then went out on the town for the night.

With not many drinks in us at all, we got this crazy idea to travel. We started looking up plane tickets right away. Needless to say these plane tickets were outrageously expensive. They were $900 plus and that just seemed to be too much for a trip in the US. I guess last-minute flights probably aren’t the cheapest. So then we started thinking of places closer, places we could drive. My first thought was Nashville. I was also thinking we could hit up Waffle House for ever meal. It’s been to long, and I’m so obsessed with their amazing breakfast food.

Anyways we went to bed thinking we were going to make our way to Nashville the next day. In the morning, I had an even better idea to go to Colorado. I have friends out there and we could possible meet up. Where shall we go? Boulder, Denver, Steamboat Springs? Either way it would be a surprise. We had all been to Colorado before, but never to these locations. I had even texted my boyfriend the night before, and told him that we were going to be taking a road trip and that he should come. He didn’t believe me at the time. The next day I told him I wasn’t joking. So he actually came al long too. We left town at 6p.m. on that Friday. The road trip started off wonderfully. We had snacks and Pandora going through the speakers. The spontaneous road trip started off just like it needed to. We were debating on the way there how the hotel situation would work. We were going to get there at around 3:30a.m. and was it really worth getting a hotel room? I didn’t think so. So we get into town at around 3:30 like I thought. We had no clue where to go. My boyfriend thought up an idea to go to a camp ground and we could camp for the night.

So I googled places in the area and we went to Flagstaff Mountain. Ok guys we are from the Midwest and literally had no clue where to go. We thought there would be a camping area, but there wasn’t. So we headed up to the mountain. As we get closer my friend screams out “OH MY GOSH THEY ARE HUGE” …something like that. I’m pretty sure she swore a lot, but it was all out of amazement. It was pitch black so seeing something so big just made us feel so small.

I drove up the mountain literally shaking in my seat. I was terrified and so was Kayla and Michael. It’s dark, the roads were narrow, and one side is the mountain, and the other was a drop. It was so scary, but I think it was the best part of the trip. You could see all the lights from down below, and it made me feel on top of the world.  By time we got up the mountain and came back down we were more exhausted than ever. We parked ourselves in the local Wal-Mart parking lot and took a light nap around 4:30a.m.. I seriously couldn’t sleep, but it was fun at the same time. I had never done that before, and I’m always the mama of the group making sure everyone is safe including myself. So 6 a.m. came around, and I woke my friend up to tell her we should get a hotel room.

We looked up a few and she found the best one ever, Basecamp Hotel. We roll in and go chat with the front desk guy. So friendly and whiling to help. He gets us a room right away. We parked the car and took our bags out, changed into our pajamas, and went right to bed.

Basecamp was seriously the best, because usually we would have to wait till 3 p.m. check in. We woke up around 11:30a.m. and got started on our day then. It really felt like we spend two nights in that hotel room, because that sleep was the deepest and fastest sleep in 5 hours that I think we had ever gotten. We woke up ready to go and explore.

Since we had such a short stay and we really were at the hotel to shower, change, and sleep. I also want to share the other amenities that come with a stay at Basecamp Boulder. They have a gym, large hot tube, sauna, ping-pong table, rock climbing wall, rec room, and a bar that serves food and drinks.

P.S. Overall I rate this stay a 10/10!!!! This is post #1 from my Boulder, Colorado trip. I have two more coming your way. I can’t wait to share more about my trip with all of you. The photos are stunning.

As always, thank you for reading.

Kierra

March 31, 2017

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66 Comments

  1. Reply

    Jackie

    April 5, 2017

    Last minute trips are the best! And getting to do it with friends and boyfriend is even better. Driving thru the mountains at night is crazy and so amazing at the same time. I’ve driven thru Colorado with my family and we were just blown away by the beauty and mystery of the mountains. Your hotel look so cute and cozy! Can’t wait to see more from your trip.

    xo, Jackie
    stylemydreams.com

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      Kierra

      April 5, 2017

      Yes, and it is crazy to see houses build off of mountains. It is so amazing and so stunning. Thinking back to all of it is wild and wonderful. I can’t wait to share more of my trip.

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    NIcole

    April 6, 2017

    Wow! This sounds like such an adrenaline-filled adventure! The hotel looks super cozy and the perfect place to crash after staying up all night. Can’t wait to see more pics from this trip!

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      The new photos are up, Nicole. It was such a great time.

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    Candace

    April 6, 2017

    Don’t you just love spur of the moment trips? They usually turn out being the best. Colorado is a state I’ve yet to visit, but after reading your review, this is definitely a hotel I would pick. Sometimes those less than luxurious hotels turn out being the best!

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      You are so right about that, Candace. The hotel was perfect for the situation. Plus when in Colorado all you want to do is explore and be adventurous. This hotel was such an adventure.

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    Colleen

    April 7, 2017

    As if the hotel wasn’t funky and amazing at the same time…complimentary cookies!!! I’m there!

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      You sure have to go, Colleen. You would love it.

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    Sheree

    April 8, 2017

    Last minute road trips are the most fun because the uncertainty and anticipation and the unknown makes the memory so much fonder. I have two kids now and we don’t step foot outside of our house without some kind of plan and backup plan, but I remember in my younger days my besties and I would find last min cheap airline tix and just go places. We once flew to HongKong just for a 3 day weekend and flew back and went to work like nothing happened. Enjoy your unexpected trips and surprises! The base camp looked really fun and much nice than what I had imagined. I was thinking “camp”.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom
    Instagram

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      Sheree, I love that you are an adventurer too. Your trips I’m sure were a blast. Basecamp was the best.

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    marcy

    April 8, 2017

    Babe I love reading this post because I know in the moment that it happen was scary or not a good idea but it turned out to be very funny or the highlight of the trip. Last minute plans always end up been one of the best adventures of your life. Im so glad you have this adventure and a great story to tell. I love small boutique hotels like this Basecamp hotel. I will for sure check them out.

    xoxo
    Marcy

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      You have to! Also when you come out this way, we will have to do some adventures together.

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    Diana

    April 8, 2017

    Omg your adventure sound so fun. we usually have spontaneous stops while road tripping, but I always book hotels while my husband is driving. I am glad nothing bad happen, motels are on the road are pretty safe and cheap. Might not be cleanest, but it is usually what we do, when no there option.

    http://www.queenhorsfall.com/

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      This is so true. If we would of left earlier we would of booked a hotel but I pretty much pulled an all nighter till we got to the hotel.

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    Catherine | Fit Armadillo

    April 8, 2017

    Love that you just picked up and did a road trip! SUPER fun and this hotel looks soooo cute. I always look for ones that have gyms to share with clients so I’ll add it to my list 😉

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      Yes please do! That is so cool that you do that for your clients.

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    Alba Garza

    April 8, 2017

    Oh my, what an adventure. I can’t wait to read about the rest of your trip. I am a planner, so I was freaking out when I was reading. But it looks like it turned out good for you and you were in good company.

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      haha. I thought my Mom would freak out when I told her we took a nap in the Walmart parking lot, but she didn’t. Deep down I know she was, lol.

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    Amanda

    April 8, 2017

    How awesomely adventurous! I’m actually in Nashville right now and I’d say that even though Nashville is beautiful, you certainly picked the right place! I adore Colorado! I’ve never been to boulder but have spent some time in Steamboat Springs. Growing up, anytime my family and I would travel we’d always eat at Waffle House along the way! It’s so bad but it’s SOOOOO good too! The hotel you all stayed at sounds wonderful and I can’t wait to hear more about your trip!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      We will make it to Nashville soon I hope. I’d love to experience then whole thing. I hear Steamboat Springs is great. Going there would have added 2 more hours to our trip so we stuck to Boulder. Yes I am missing Waffle House too. Hopefully soon I’ll get to eat there.

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    Jennifer Lee Quattrucci

    April 8, 2017

    This is completely amazing and so fun! I would love to go on a road trip like this. It reminds me a little bit of my honeymoon because my husband and I traveled cross country and one of the places we went to was Colorado! The hotel looks so charming and the views are extraordinary!

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      I’m sure that was such a fun honeymoon. I hope to travel there again soon.

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    Christine Kong

    April 8, 2017

    What a fun adventure! This hotel looks adorable and I love the little details and decor of the room that make it unique and appropriate for the travels you did. And hello, warm cookies up front? Sold! Road trips are always so memorable especially last minute ones. Sounds like it was a great trip overall and I can’t wait to see and hear more details! xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      It really was. Had such an outdoors feel to it which makes me think Colorado.

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    Vanessa

    April 8, 2017

    What a great adventure, love traveling. It’s the best way to discover marvelous places and different cultures. That hotel sounds amazing and the decoration is totally unique! Hope you had a wonderful time and tanks for sharing such a great images!

    Vanessa

    http://thefashionstatement.net

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      The place is so charming in its own way and I love it.

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    Helen Chik

    April 9, 2017

    I actually love last minute trips and I just went on one this weekend with my boyfriend and it was honestly so much fun! It sounds like you and your friend had a blast!! I would love to take a road trip ANYWHERE in the States!

    Helen xx
    https://helenchik.com/ten-minutes-lust-list

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      You will have to then! There is so much to see.

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    Michelle

    April 9, 2017

    I love a last minute trip! Before I had kids I can’t tell you how many times I just got up and got on a plane or hopped in a car, grabbed a friend or my husband and off we went! This room looks so cozy! I wish you’d shared pics of the mountains – they sound amazing! I went cross country once with my kids and we went thu Colorado and it really is gorgeous! Can’t wait to hear/see more!
    XO
    http://www.lehoarder.com

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      Ohh well Michelle, you are sure in for a treat. I have shared more pictures today and my most recent blog post.

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    Jacqueline

    April 9, 2017

    That seriously sounds so amazing! I hear boulder is GORGEOUS! You kind of inspired me to take a spontaneous trip! I seriously can’t wait to go camping this summer. I live in Oregon and I hear it’s seriously so amazing! So glad you had fun! The place you stayed at sounds awesome

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      I’m sure I hear Oregon is a beauty! I’d love to go explore out there soon.

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    Tandya

    April 9, 2017

    Omg so spontaneous! I wish I was more like that. With me everything needs to be planned out to a T. I would have been sooo scared driving up the mountain at night! I drove up to Big Bear one time during a snow storm and it was terrible! I couldn’t have made it up the mountain without chains! Glad you found this charming hotel along the way. Nothing like a place with amazing customer service.

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      OH my gosh..no way. I would have been so freaked out. That sounds really scary.

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    Eliza Armand (@eliza_armand)

    April 10, 2017

    Wow! This looks like a pretty place. I really love this retro 70s interior design. I would definitely love to spend some time there, looks great to me!

    Cheers, Eliza | http://www.fashion-confession.com

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      It really was great. We didn’t spend to much time in the room but it was cute and cozy.

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    Chimee

    April 10, 2017

    The place looks really cool and unique!

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      It sure is!

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    wanderlustts

    April 10, 2017

    No way! That sounds like a scene from a book to be honest haha! I love that you just met up with your friends and you’re both so down to book a spontaneous road trip and just go with it haha, and you’re boyfriend just agreeing last minute too? I need to find some friends like that because honestly the best memories come from moments we least expect it.
    And about the hotel – I have to agree with you there. I usually don’t prefer the Luxurious style hotels because I find that I rarely use the facilities because I’m out actually exploring. It’s so much nicer to go for a cheaper homey and comfortable style hotel because it’s also what makes us feel most at ease right?

    Wanderlustts
    http://www.wanderlustts.com

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      You are so right. I loved it. You should get spontaneous friends then. The best memories can be made to when you least expect it.

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    Open Kloset

    April 10, 2017

    Hey Sweetie,
    How are you?
    I am a big Travel and Hotel Fan, so Love to Read and See Reviews about Hotels, Trips:)
    And the last minute trips are the Best:)
    Always so much Fun 🙂
    Colorado is Beautiful, I always wanted to visit:) This hotel is on list For sure, Lovec how you Showed the Hotel and the Details:) Very Great Review Kierra:)
    Totally Would visit this Hotel after Reading your Post:)
    Love Open Kloset By Karina
    Happy Monday

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      You will have to make it out to Colorado. I think you would really enjoy it.

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    Sarah

    April 10, 2017

    Your trip sounds super fun and such a fun adventure. There’s nothing more special than going on a road trip with your friend. Your drive through the mountains sounds amazing, but I can imagine feeling terrified like you did. Driving up narrow roads that too in the night is super scary, but I am so glad you did it and explored something new. The hotel looks wonderful, your friend did a great job of finding it last minute. It really looks so cozy and I especially love the interior.

    Looking forward to your second post 🙂

    xxx
    Sarah
    http://sarahatiq.com/

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      She really did! We looked it up and drove right to it. It was so awesome. It was so cute and cozy. Such a great place to stay if you are ever in Boulder, CO

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    Ashley J.

    April 10, 2017

    Looks like a great time. Colorado is certainly on my “to visit” list.

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      Well I hope going to Colorado is on the top of your list.

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    Aimara

    April 10, 2017

    Can’t wait to see your other posts girl! This sounds like such a great story and seriously, anything spontaneous always turns out amazing! At least from my experience.
    The basecamp hotel sounds pretty good and I love the decor! I don’t need anything fancy either to rate a hotel good, it’s all about the staff and service 🙂
    Can’t wait for the rest of the posts! Thanks for sharing girl
    XO
    Aimara
    http://www.waysofstyle.com

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      You are so right! It is all about the staff and service. Customer service is everything!

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    Andreea Birsan

    April 11, 2017

    Spontaneous road trips are the best! Glad hearing everything ended up well! I’m sure you two had a lot of fun and that Base Camp Hotel looks extremely welcoming and cosy! I bet the cookies at the reception were delicious! x

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

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      Kierra

      April 16, 2017

      They sure are! I loved every minute of it.

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    EVA

    April 11, 2017

    Looking like an adventure in the West, the map on the wall is so inspiring and intirgant. Nice room and cozy bed. Ican’t wait to see other pictures.
    Have a nice trip.
    xx
    Eva
    http://www.themermaidfashion.com

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      Kierra

      April 16, 2017

      Thank you, Eva. It was so much fun indeed.

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    maryam

    April 11, 2017

    OMG how fun! Last minute trips sometimes turn out to be more fun. I think sometimes planning for a while takes away from the fun. This hotel looks so interesting. I really like the decor, super cool.

    xo, Maryam
    http://www.glamandposh.com

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      Kierra

      April 16, 2017

      Thank you, Maryam. It was so good to just get up and go.

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    Rachel Holliday

    April 12, 2017

    OMG i love that you guys went on a spontaneous trip- that’s really what life is about 🙂 Boulder sounds amazing and I don’t blame your friend for swearing at the amazement of the mountains etc- I’d be exactly the same!! The hotel looks so lovely and suited for the location, so great that they let you check in early so that you could get some sleep too!

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

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      Kierra

      April 16, 2017

      Oh girl!! We sure did need the sleep too. It was a fun time.

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    Lily Rose

    April 12, 2017

    You and your friends are my travel goals. I’m such a control freak that there’s no way I would ever go on a trip out of nowhere, unplanned with no hotels booked weeks in advance. I’m so glad your days in Boulder turned out great, it sounds like a blast. This hotel you found is too cute, that map is adorable and pretty accurate haha. Colorado is known for beautiful roads that overlook beautiful views, I’m so glad you got to explore and see the beauty of the state!

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

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      Kierra

      April 16, 2017

      It was so great. If only you would have been closer. We could have meet up. There would have been no planning on my part though. I’m usually a planner myself, but some trips are better not planned.

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    Elif Kadioglu

    April 12, 2017

    Hi Beauty! This sounds like an amazing adventure! Last minute road trips are the most fun because you have no expectations. The hotel looks wonderful! I really like the decoration! xoxo Elif

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      Kierra

      April 16, 2017

      The decor was so fun! Really made the trip come together, and felt so adventurous.

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    Brown Eyed Toast

    April 12, 2017

    First off, kudos to you for being so adventurous and going on this road trip on a whim! I’m so anal when it comes to taveling, pre-planning every detail and following schedules. It’s so nice to be carefree and just take each minute and hour as it comes. And even better that you had such great company! I would die if I had to nap in a cramped car at that hour, so I’m impressed with how you guys hung in there. Thank goodness you found this adorable hotel. I love the rustic camping vibes, and it sounds like there were a lot of great amenities you could have enjoyed if you had time to stay longer. Hope you get a chance to return soon!

    xo Soo | http://www.BrownEyedToast.com

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      Kierra

      April 16, 2017

      Oh yes!! If we stayed longer we could have done so much more. I honestly think two days was a good amount of time.

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    Gina Diaz

    April 12, 2017

    Wow, this looks like such an incredible experience! I love road trips, especially when they are last minute. When I went to Europe, one day I was in Florence and the next day I went to Berlin. Changed the plans so fast. I had the most beautiful time :)))

    Happy weekend!

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      Kierra

      April 16, 2017

      I would have stuck to Florence. I am so in love with Florence. But I totally get up sometimes you just have to keep the adventure coming.

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    AMC

    April 13, 2017

    Last minute trips are always the best!! I feel like trips that are spur of the moment you end up exploring more and experience things you usually wouldn’t.

    That hotel you stayed in looks super cute and quirky 👌🏾

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      Kierra

      April 18, 2017

      It sure was, Amy! You are totally right too.

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