I noticed some funny socioeconomic things when I was vacationing last week.

For one, I think I went to all the hotels on my island.

I went to the Marriott where I got a room.  I checked out the Grand Wailea and then I went to the Four Seasons.

And it’s funny, there’s definitely a different attitude in each hotel.

The Four Seasons is more secluded and private. Almost like it’s only for rich people who live in big houses.  People who basically live in houses with large square footage and large yards that are fenced-in—they tend to go to the Four Seasons because they’re used to being in seclusion.

And if you surround yourself with people like you, people who are also very secluded, they won’t be forced to talk.  So I sat at the Four Seasons and nobody really smiled at me at all.  I wasn’t available, I was definitely noticed, but there was no acknowledgement there.

The Grand Wailea—they’re basically in their own world but people seem to be having more fun. There are actually guys playing other guys in volleyball.  People seem to be interacting and laughing a lot more.

There was no laughter at the Four Seasons at all—none.  Granted it’s a beautiful hotel, but it’s almost like everybody who’s serious with themselves tends to go to the Four Seasons. There’s nothing really laid-back about it.  It’s a beautiful spot, but nobody interacts, nobody smiles.

The Marriott was actually pretty friendly—people tend to say hello.  It might be because it’s the cheapest of all three of the hotels. So is that saying that people who have less in life tend to be more open and more friendly?  Well, it appears that way in Hawaii.

It appears that way in life.

Are people quiet in the Four Seasons because they live in big secluded houses with few neighbors? This is my socioeconomic question of the day.

Do the people who stay at the Marriott live in a cul-de-sac with neighbors or maybe apartment buildings or condos?  They’re probably used to having people around, so they go to the Marriott where they can have people around them and they can talk.

Do you think that the hotel you choose reflects what kind of person you are or where you are in life?

Let’s hear your thoughts and some of your travel places and what your observations are.  

And if you say you don’t remember some of this stuff, then you weren’t too observant on your trip.  The more observant you are, the more you can recite a big story or a great memory and the more active and more powerful your brain is.

So, tell me, does the hotel make the man?