Back to School!
Staying in a college dorm room during the summer months makes sense now more than ever, since dorms these days are more like mid-level hotels than basic institutional living quarters. These are by no means luxurious, but are very clean, well kept, and provide excellent value. What you get is a combo kitchen/dining area, separate bath with a good sized shower, and two separate bedrooms, with desk, storage, and TV/monitor. The kitchen has a full-sized reefer and stove, but no micro or any other amenity, including dishes or silverware, so definitely bring your own. No ice machines either, but plenty of freezer space, so bring some ice trays. The AC is powerful and had no problem keeping the room cool on one of the hottest - 90*+ - days of this summer. Elevators to each of the floors provide easy movement of luggage and people with disabilities. I'd like to see more US colleges and universities, especially publicly financed ones, adopt this option, even if only for degree-holding alumni, which would add to their ever-empty coffers and allow more of the public to travel these two great neighboring countries.