Marriage Monday: Get A Room!

When Mark and I are affectionate in front of the kids, the older ones will yell, “Get a room!”

If they only knew how often we really do!

(Oops…some of my older kids read my blog…I guess they know now!)

It was several years ago that I heard a marriage speaker share that during the years of raising kids, she and her husband would often get a hotel room…for a few hours!

At first, my frugal mindset kicked in. Are you kidding? Spend the money for a hotel room for a few hours? What a waste of money!

But then I thought again. Any amount of money I spend on my marriage is money well spent.  Hmmmm.

Not only that, but in today’s world with options like Priceline.com where you can bid on a hotel room and usually find one for about $45-$50, it actually is an affordable option.

Let’s be honest…we’re all thinking it. Isn’t it embarrassing to check out a few hours after checking in? Most hotels offer in-room check-out so you just leave the key in the room and leave. No need to face the desk clerk again!

Why would a married couple get a room for a few hours?

1) To have conversation without interruption.
2) To enjoy physical intimacy without interruption.
3) To have a mini get-away without having to make overnight babysitter arrangements.
4) To add some spice to your relationship.

So what about you? Have you ever rented a room for a few hours for your marriage? What “out of the box” things have you done to spice up your relationship? 

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11 thoughts on “Marriage Monday: Get A Room!

  1. I love it. We have never done this but I have mentioned it to my husband a few different times. Now that I have read your article we will be doing it sometime on the near future.

  2. Love this!! We are super frugal… we swap babysitting with friends, and will sometimes drop the kids off and come right back home for some intimate conversation and… well… you know! 😉 Free childcare… a free room (house, actually)… and I trust the housekeeper!

    • Leah, we used to do that too when our kids were small. That was the best part of trading childcare! Now, however, our kids are teens and they are home or they are in and out of home so it just doesn’t work the same as it used to when they were little! Keep enjoying that trading season…it’s a good deal while it lasts!

  3. 50 bucks on a movie ( with popcorn, and sodas) or 50 bucks on a room for a few hours? i think i’d rather get the room.
    but i might not want to leave after only a few hours 🙂
    maybe i’d make him go home and enjoy the rest of the time alone. away from all the chaos at home.
    mmmmm alone time……

    • Now Kelly, I think that is a wonderful idea! Time for your marriage AND time for mom to refuel her emotional tank!

  4. We have done this. But with 11 kids, it’s usually to get uninterrupted sleep. 😉 We did it once to have dinner and watch some TV uninterrupted. We ordered a pizza, watched Survivor and just hung out with each other. It was well worth the $50 for the night.

    Spending time alone with your spouse, no matter the reason, is vital to your relationship. It is great to be able to focus on each other without little ones, or big ones, getting in the way.

  5. Have never done this but will have to consider it as our children are getting older and staying up later. Definitely limited on alone time!

  6. At the time we were living in the country, so we decided one evening after the kiddos had gone to bed to go out into the field. It was very special and very romantic. I’ve been a little embarrassed to try the hotel thing, but we might do that soon. 🙂