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This hotel is full of bugs. — Travel Bug Plaza Hotel & Suites (GC3JQQ1) — Geocache of the Week

I think this qualifies as a Travel Bug Resort. Photo by geocacher CaptainObvious78
I think this qualifies as a Travel Bug Resort. Photo by geocacher CaptainObvious78

Geocache Name:

Travel Bug Plaza Hotel & Suites (GC3JQQ1)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

1.5/1.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

I’ve seen quite a few Travel Bug hotels, but none have compared to this one. This is the sort of hotel I wouldn’t mind staying in—if I were a Travel Bug. There are quite a few things that make this hotel unique. To begin with, there are plenty of rooms. From large suites to efficiency rooms, there’s plenty of room for your trackable and all of its friends. And of course, no self-respecting hotel would be complete without a nice lobby to kick back and rest in. There’s even something for geocachers: the CacheMedics tour. This handy map will take geocachers on a nice journey through the area. So when you’re in Florida and in need of a place for your trackables to stay, there’s always room at this amazing hotel.

# of Finds:

374

# of Favorite Points:

245

What the geocache owners, CacheMedics, have to say:

Regarding the geocache inspiration: “One of our local geocaching friends challenged us to create a travel bug hotel…we thought it would be fun and interesting to make something that actually resembled a hotel.”

On construction: “…we hand-painted the scenes to give the appearance of the exterior of a hotel.  The lobby floor is real flooring tiles, the tiny chair-rail is real routered, stained, and lacquered wood trim, and the furniture items are securely glued in their places.”

Reactions to the logs and favorite points: “The comments are amazing and it just makes us feel great to know that people are enjoying our creation!  We appreciate and celebrate each and every favorite point our cache has received! …When we built this, we wanted it to be something unique but we never expected such wonderful reactions from so many visitors!”

And to the geocaching community: “…it’s okay to do something different, to think beyond pill bottles and tupperware and add some kind of twist that will surprise the people who find your cache.  We were nervous the first time we put out something different, thinking that the local geocachers wouldn’t like it, but we were happily surprised to find that they loved “different,” and wanted more! It doesn’t have to be something big and complicated, it can be silly or funny.  Bottom line:  Don’t be afraid to be yourself – Go for it!”

What geocachers are saying:

“The amount of creativity, ingenuity and effort you have put into your caches really shines through, and there is no doubt in our minds that you have brought a great many cachers an immense amount of pleasure…Thank you so much for providing us with such an enjoyable day of caching, and for giving so much to the geocaching community. The first cache of yours we did today was “What are you thankful for?” As we finish caching for the day here, we have to say, we are thankful that there are cachers like you, who are willing to put their all into creating awesome experiences for the rest of us!” – Zekester & Simon

“The amount of detail in the construction is amazing! TFTC!” – CPRTEAMSIX

“What tremendous amount of work went into making this cache. WOW! I’ve seen quite a few different cache types now – especially when I visited the Seattle area, but I haven’t seen a TB hotel like this!!! This should be called the travel bug RESORT!!!” – lilyfly

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Photos:

A couple geocachers checking out the amenities. Photo by geocacher D&JC
A couple geocachers checking out the amenities. Photo by geocacher D&JC
Just lounging around in the lobby. Photo by geocacher Xensen
Just lounging around in the lobby. Photo by geocacher Xensen
Retiring to room 202. Photo by geocacher Xensen

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