Thanks for the food tip. Yes, it's cheap, but as you point out it's a shithole, and it's a bit less cheap if you want to use the crappy fitness room (extra daily charge), have a mini-fridge in your room (same) or have wi-fi access (same). Plus it's an understaffed cattle pen, so plan on a thirty minute wait to do things like check in, get your car, or buy a cup of coffee.
Aren't you a lawyer? There's gotta be some client whose email you have to look at and thus pass the wifi expense on to!!!
Of course its shitty that any hotel charges for that kind of stuff these days. Mcdonalds will give you free wifi with your dollar menu burger and a $500 room at the ritz still has a $9.99 wifi charge. The worst part, is that once you pay...the internet sucks. You have to go through some crappy portal to pay and get set up (good luck getting it to work right on the first try on anything besides a windows laptop) and then get some crappy internet because despite the fees, they haven't updated from their 2001 infrastructure.
Go to a days inn with free wifi, and since they don't need some overly complicated infrastructure to make sure everyone has paid, it just works.
I notice a few more senior people with their children in my office sometimes. They are always plenty well behaved...sitting around in their parent's office and its not like they need to shut their door or anything. And I'm sure these kids are all private-schooled urban privileged kids.
Might be a selection bias though. If you know your kid is going to be annoying, you will figure something else out. Also, they all seem to be people who live in the city. I wouldn't be surprised if there is some fundamental difference* in parenting between someone who keeps their kids in the city (particularily in areas that are pretty demographically mixed both in age ranges and incomes) vs parents who take their kids to a posh north-shore suburb where they are surrounded by other affluent white parents. The affluent suburban high schoolers are always the most obnoxious, so I wouldn't be surprised if their 8 year olds suck too. And those kids never make it into the office since at that point, you either find day-care or work from home.
*Excluding NYC. NYC mommies seem to have their own set of issues. But since I don't live there, I can't say whether they are representative and which neighborhoods they originate from. I can certainly point to a few areas of Chicago where the NYC-style mommies would live...