The hotel chain known as Holiday Inn has provided affordable lodging accommodations for travelers on a budget for years.

Now one man says he plans to retire at the hotel chain, instead of a nursing home, after researching home care costs.

The Texas man said he and his wife are planning on spending their golden years at a Holiday Inn because it’s cheaper than a nursing facility. In a now viral Facebook post, Terry Robison wrote:

No nursing home for us. We’ll be checking into a Holiday Inn!

The 64-year-old said the average cost for nursing home care would cost him about $188.00 per day, compared to $59.23 for a long-term stay at a Holiday Inn with a senior discount.

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Robison explained:

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, or room service, laundry, gratuities and special TV movies.

He added that the hotel chain would provide a spa, swimming pool, workout room, lounge and most have washers and dryers, as well as razors. They even provide free toothpaste, shampoo, and soap.

Robison continued:

They treat you like a customer, not a patient.


$5-worth of tips a day and you’ll have the entire staff scrambling to help you.

He went on to highlight more amenities, adding that the hotel offers security, maintenance, easy access to transportation, and jokingly added how this outweighs the high-priced cost of senior care. Robison wrote:

It takes months to get into decent nursing homes. Holiday Inn will take your reservation today.

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In terms of medical care, he said he would pick the Holiday Inn over a nursing home because of the spiraling costs of health coverage at assisted living facilities. He wrote:

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.

However, the biggest drawback to his retirement plan is health services.

According to 2016 figures, the cost of care for people who are ill or require daily living assistance averages about $253 per day.

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One person on Facebook seemed to like Robison’s retirement plan and said:

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.

Robinson also said his family will be much happier visiting him “for a few days mini-vacation” with his hotel plan.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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