Some people hate going to restaurants alone. They’ll get room service rather that sit at a table where people can see that they’re flying solo. Not me! I like to get out, and really look for opportunities to be part of the madding crowd. So I’ll ask the hotel receptionist for a recommendation for a nearby restaurant, and when I get there I’ll ask the waiter to recommend a dish or two. I’ll take my book and sit at the bar or a small table in the cocktail lounge, feel the bustle around me, and happily read as I am forking down my food.
I’d rather have company, of course, but dining alone beats sitting in a generic hotel room any day.