Man Says He’s Retiring At Holiday Inn Because It’s Cheaper Than A Retirement Home

Sorting out your retirement plans can be both stressful and expensive. However, one man has found a much cheaper, and potentially better alternative.

Retirement can be very expensive.

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Homes that have occupants aged 65 or older, according to the latest statistics, can spend around $3,800 per month on housing alone.

That's incredibly expensive for those without substantial savings.

One man has come up with a solution to the problem.

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Terry Robison from Texas has decided that he will be spending his twilight years in the caring embrace of hotel chain Holiday Inn.

In a Facebook post, Robison claims that it would be more financially viable, due to the fact that, " it's $59.23 per night" which is better than the "$188.00 per day" average charge for a nursing home.

But there are way more benefits than just cost.

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Robison also pointed out that "breakfast is included, and some have happy hours in the afternoon, that leaves $128.77 a day for lunch and dinner in any restaurant we want", which means that he can be living life like a social butterfly well into old age!

There are also tons of amenities at these hotels!

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Robison went on to point out that he wouldn't have to splash out on paying for things like a gym membership, as that would be included!

"They provide a spa, swimming pool, a workout room, a lounge, and washer-dryer."

Think about how much money you spend every month on drugstore items to keep yourself healthy and clean.

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Well, by living in a Holiday Inn, Robison will save all that cash by not having to buy shampoo, soap, or toothpaste. Every room comes with complimentary toiletries!

There is also plenty of public transport available as well.

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I guess this depends on which Holiday Inn you choose to live at, but the one that Robinson has his eye on has plenty of transport opportunities:

"There's a city bus stop out front, and seniors ride free. The handicap bus will also pick you up (if you fake a decent limp). To meet other nice people, call a church bus on Sundays. For a change of scenery, take the airport shuttle bus and eat at one of the nice restaurants there. While you're at the airport, fly somewhere. Otherwise, the cash keeps building up."

Plus, living that hotel life with give you ample freedom, as opposed to a retirement home.

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Typically, moving into a retirement home means that's your new home for the forseeable future.

However, as Robison explained, if you're booking rooms at a place like the Holiday Inn, "you're not stuck in one place forever, you can move from Inn to Inn, or even from city to city."

Finally, Robison pointed out the security benefits.

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As if he already wasn't sounding enough like an advert for Holiday Inn, Robison went on to explain how there is great security for both yourself and your property there:

"The Inn has a night security person and daily room service. The maid checks to see if you are ok. If not, they'll call an ambulance. Or the undertaker. If you fall and break a hip, Medicare will pay for the hip, and Holiday Inn will upgrade you to a suite for the rest of your life."

Robinson's plan has been a hit with the public!

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The Facebook post has since received over 112, 000 likes, and has been shared over 135, 000 times! The reactions to his announcement have been so overwhelmingly positive that I bet the Holiday Inn will soon be flooded with bookings from other eager retirees!

If the comments are any indication, many people are considering living that Holiday Inn retirement life, too!

"I just might check-in," one person wrote.

Another added, "I like the way y'all think! BTW - I've actually met an elderly lady one time that was actually living in a Hampton Inn. She was quite content."

"I agree with you," someone else chimed in. "The hotel will wash the sheets and towels for you too. In some of the assisted living places you have to wash everything."

Holiday Inn also responded positively to Robison's idea.

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A spokesperson for the hotel company claimed that they had heard of plans such as Robinson's in the past. The spokesperson also told KHOU:

"While we're not certain how Mr. Robison arrived at his current budget calculations, we look forward to welcoming him when he reaches his 'golden age.' He did miss one big benefit in his long list of reasons to stay with us – kids eat for free at Holiday Inn. So that’s another excuse for the grand-kids to come and visit."

So, will you be spending your twilight years in a Holiday Inn?

Will you be taking advantage of a pool, gym, and free breakfasts in your old age? It sounds like a good idea, but I don't think I could handle having to look at bland hotel artwork hanging around the place forever.

h/t: Boston 25