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Your Most Expensive Hotel Room (your own $$) ..worth it?

Your Most Expensive Hotel Room (your own $$) ..worth it?

Nov 20th, 2007, 07:16 AM
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Your Most Expensive Hotel Room (your own $$) ..worth it?

Perhaps this is too nosy a question, but I am curious, so here it is:

What is the most money YOU have paid for a night's room in a hotel? Courtesy rooms, business trip rooms, press or fam trips do not count. Rooms on someone else's dime do not count!

I would like to know about rooms you have paid for. What was the hotel and was the experience worth the money you spent?

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Nov 20th, 2007, 07:25 AM
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Never tried it myself. Hotel rooms are just not where I'm willing to drop much of my own money.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 07:25 AM
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I think your question it is time relative, It is not the same to spend 100$ in 1975 than 400$ in
i remember some stays in hotels like the Danielli in Venice or the Hermitage in Montecarlo that in today's $ will look like a bargain but in those dates where a lot of money.
I suggest you rewrite somehow your question.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 07:29 AM
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Suze: I am not sure I understand what it is you never tried. In any case, perhaps we can just choose either to ignore or to answer the question. Comments about how frivolous it is to spend x-number of dollars or euro are not answering the question I posed.

Car you are right..let's just keep it as is and note when the stay was..if it was in 1975 we can imagine that the same room would be much more costly now!
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Nov 20th, 2007, 07:37 AM
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It was some hotel near V&A museum in London a few years ago - it was over 200 pounds (and the carpet in the room was filthy.)
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Nov 20th, 2007, 07:43 AM
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The most I have ever spent on a hotel room in my life was this Sept. in Italy, both hotels at 180€/night ($260). These were small 3* properties, nice but not luxe.

It was only 'worth it' because of the relative prices in Rome and Venice for all hotels. My somewhat frugal nature choked a bit, but for anything very much cheaper and you start reading lots of bad reviews.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 07:45 AM
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Sorry to say that on the European forum, but it was in the USA:

Furnace Creek Inn in Death Valley, high season, 340$.

Was it worth the money? Rooms were mediocre, food was mediocre - but the well-heated Olympic pool and the lush tropical garden in the middle of the desert were priceless.

Strange that Furnace Creek Inn was more expensive than many "Leading Hotels of the World" we have stayed in for usually more reasonable rates.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 07:56 AM
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The molst expensive and the worst hotel I have ever stayed in - $420 a night - the Helmsley NYC - dirty, faded and crap service - for some reason the President of Colombia was also staying???!!!

Best hotels - the cheapest - the many Finca hotels that we have visited on Mallorca.

I woould say that after £200 a night there is a falling return in the benefit you get from the extra you pay.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 08:13 AM
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As far as I recall the most expensive hotel room was 3/4years back in the Hotel Fowey. In South African money(Rands) R2,500 per night and we stayed for 4 days.
In British currency around 110 pounds a day.
Even at the Mandalay Bay in Vegas was a fraction of the price!!
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Nov 20th, 2007, 08:28 AM
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The most expensive hotel room I've ever stayed at in my life was also in New York City (where else) during Thanksgiving weekend a couple years ago. I think it was around US $275 a night and was at the Quality Inn Times Square (which isn't as bad as it sounds, it had just been renovated and I think is now a 4* hotel). The hotel was actually very nice, so I was satisfied.

Yes, it was worth it as it was the only way I was going to get a room for that weekend to see some of the theater I had tickets for, etc. Sure I could have stayed in some real dump in New York for maybe $150 (which is a dump there during that time period), but I won't do that.

Your question shows a presumption that price for something really expensive is due to some extraordinary deluxe hotel experience you are having or wanting, and that isn't true in New York. I imagine a lot of people's most expensive hotel rooms may be due to the city and time period. Even in NY, you could get a modest hotel room for less than $275 at some other time period with no problem.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 08:34 AM
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We spent two nights at St. Clerans about 18 km from Galway in Ireland in 2001. I won't begin to tell you what it cost because it's too embarrassing, but looking back on the memories, yes, it was probably worth it. Big stone pile out in a field with spreading oaks, etc, -- it used to be the home of John Huston.

I think, in my lack of experience, it was one of those cases where they upgraded my room (without asking) and billed me in dollars, before I knew to refuse that. Also, we did have one meal and a few glasses of wine. Yet, as they say on TV, the memories were priceless.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 09:14 AM
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Not planned, but when offered upgrades at check-in, we surrendered to temporary insanity and accepted the rates of $685/night for the Prime Minister Suite at the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau and $425/night for the duplex penthouse at the Royal Garden Hotel in Hong Kong, which usually went for $1,000+/night. Both were worth every penny, absolutely unforgettable and wonderful memories. I am not one who thinks that a hotel room is only a place to sleep.

At the other end of the spectrum, we stayed at Hotel La Légende in Brussels for $26/night (albeit about 20 years ago).

No criticism please, I only answered the question!
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Nov 20th, 2007, 09:26 AM
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Just a couple weeks ago, desperate for a hotel at CDG for a 5:30 a.m. flight out the following day, we bit the bullet and booked into the Sheraton Roissy, which is right inside Terminal Two at CDG.

I think it was about 350 (dollars) and we checked in at midnight, so only stayed for a few hours.

The room was nothing special - pretty basic - and the temperature controls didn't work, so it was hot and stuffy all night.

The check-in staff were all lackluster in their attitude - sent us up three floors with a key-card that wasn't properly coded to allow us entrance to our room. No apologies or acknowledgment that thye had made an error, even after we had to come all the way back down to the front desk to get another key card.

The worst part was that, in the morning, when we tried to leave to catch our flight, the doors from the hotel to the terminal were locked, and there was no one around to let us go through. Apparently it's a security policy, but no one told us about that when we checked in a specifically asked for directions for our early morning check-in location.

The ONLY reason we stayed at the damn place was to have easy access to the airport ... live and learn.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 09:33 AM
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I was in Antalya Turkey in August. We had stayed in a bit downtrodden hotel night before (shower stall and bathroom not separate..as in you could sit on the toilet and take shower at same time..and grungy, AC intermittent) so my brother and I wanted to keep SIL and family happy, so went looking for nice place while they played at the beach.. Found the Sheraton. Nice place, ultra modern, spa, spool,etc..Asked price at desk for 2 rooms with 2 beds in each...and we got the price to be $450 US for both. A lot, but we had been paying around $100 a room, so we figured, hey a splurge. Pick up rest of family from beach, back to hotel, pool is great kids love it, bar service to lounge chair, good restaurant poolside, some do spa, shopping area, view of Med from room, what a great place. Next morning, shuttle to their private beach, nice beach chairs with umbrellas cost free...great place.
So, we go to pay bill and we find put, no..it's not $450 for the rooms, it's $450 per room. Yikes. I guess our English was not understood. Then add in poolside meal, drinks...absolutely the most expensive room of the whole trip. SIL was not happy. We stayed in cheaper places from then on. Our next night was ~$100 and it was a room overlooking Med, 30' from the water with no windows and sea breeze coming into room. That smoothed over memories of the previous place.

Was it worth it? Well I enjoyed all of their facilities, and it was quite refreshing, but it was not a "Turkish" hotel, more like home...and I personally felt it was too much for my budget
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Nov 20th, 2007, 09:41 AM
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I guess the most expensive was the Villa San Michele in Fiesole. In 1990, we paid around $800 per night. It was our honeymoon and yes it was worth it.

We've stayed in quite a few hotels in the $400 to $800 a night range:
Le Sirenuse. Worth it.
San Pietro. Not worth it.
Gritti Palace. Not worth it.
Hassler. Not worth it.
de Russie. Worth it.
Eden. Not worth it.
Excelsior. Not worth it.
St. Regis Rome. Worth it.
San Domenico Taormina. Worth it.
Villa d'Este. Worth it.
Connaught London. Worth it.
Peninsula Hong Kong. Worth it.
Raffles Singapore. Worth it.
Four Seasons Bali. Worth it.
Four Seasons Chicago. Not worth it.
Peninsula Chicago. Worth it.
Peninsula New York. Not worth it.
St. Regis New York. Worth it.
Plaza Athenee New York. Not worth it.

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Nov 20th, 2007, 09:42 AM
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I forget about the currencies...

The most expensive hotel room we ever stayed in was a standard double in Cameron House, Scotland. It was last summer and 469 US Dollar per night (including breakfast).

The room was nice, but nothing special, smallish and hot (no air condition). The window opened only a narrow slit. I took my swiss knife to loosen some screws, then we were able to open the window.

The swimming-pool was great but timeworn and, believe it or not, DIRTY.

We had prebooked a speed boat ride on Loch Lomond, but they told us the boat had broken down.

After all, it was okay for 4-star-level - but the rates were 7 star! You may say, what do you expect,this is Scotland. But prior to Cameron House, we had stayed in the Balmoral in Edinburgh which was truly 5 stars and half the price.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 09:51 AM
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I've stayed in a lot of VERY expensive hotels - but primarily on business. And even though I didn't pay - they were usually comped or reduced or something - I have found most deluxe hotels to be what they promised - in terms of size and decor of rooms, service, amenities, etc.

I esp like Mandarin Oriental - which often havs deals and are a sort of bargain luxury hotel.

The most we've ever paid was for the Crillon ( a sort of not-honeymoon) and I think in dollars it was about $950 a night. And yes - it was worth it. Large comfy rooms, bath towels that could be bedspreads, beautifully decorated, wonderful sofa and chairs for relaxing - and the breakfast in bed was something to die for.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 09:58 AM
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Grinsia, thank you for your list of "worth it" and "not worth it". That's an interesting list.

The most expensive hotel room I've ever booked? Probably the Ritz Paris. I loved it, and the current Virtuoso amenities* make it *almost* a bargain.

-A VIP airport reception (a hostess meets you at the door of the plane, escorts you through a fast-tracked immigration, takes you to your complimentary limousine to the hotel)
-Room Upgrade AT BOOKING
-complimentary continental breakfasts daily via room service
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Nov 20th, 2007, 10:02 AM
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For twin rooms:
Most expensive was the Le Meridien Montparnasse in July 2004, which I got through Priceline, and which worked out to about 95 Euros per night. This was worth it as we got a pleasant, good-sized room with excellent air-conditioning in a nice hotel.

Second most expensive was the Express by Holiday Inn at Glasgow Airport, at 67 pounds, in August 2006. This was worth it as we had an early morning flight, breakfast was included, and you walk just a short distance under a covered walkway to the airport. The room was fine, albeit nondescript.

For single rooms:
Most expensive was the Hotel Julia in Rome at 50 Euros per night, including breakfast, in January 2005. This was definitely worth it for the location and the quality was fine, particularly as I couldn't really have gotten very much for a cheaper price anywhere else.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 10:13 AM
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I am very loyal to the Hyatt brand but unfortunately our stay in Paris at the Hyatt Madeleline earlier this year was a disappointment. We paid 475 euro per night and we just didn't enjoy staying there. The carpet was dirty looking and the lamps by the bed were bolted down and was very dim, the food was bad and very expensive (from room service). My husband ordered continental breakfast a couple of times and it was 35 euro per order, a cup of coffee was around 6 euro. I will not be going back to this particular property.

I do love the following hotels and I think it is worth the money:

The Ritz in London
The Lanesborough
The Knightsbridge
The Waldorf Astoria

I only stay at these hotels when I am traveling alone because I am married to a very practical but wonderful man. To him, any room will do.

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