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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, 10:14 AM
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Bed, bathroom, essential; cleanliness essential; reasonable location a high priority; other amenities and comforts welcome. I'll settle for enough room to swing a mouse.

The most I have paid has been just under €100 a night for two, including breakfast (and I am adjusting earlier years to account for inflation).

I fail to see the point in paying a great deal more. But, then, I don't mind rubbing shoulders with the hoi polloi, because I am a member. Those here who are happy to pay Ritz prices will be spared my company.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 10:33 AM
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Another "worth it" for the
San Domenico in Taormina.
For a suite, seaview, in 1996 it was somewhat more than 500 a night. It was worth it for the memories of the suite, the views, the grounds and the service of the hotel. I can transport myself back to a candlelit dinner on that balcony anytime in my memory.

Waaa, now I wish I were there!!
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Nov 20th, 2007, 10:40 AM
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Now that I think about it, it had to be more than 500 a night, oh well, you get the point. Worth it.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 11:07 AM
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I like the idea of the worth-it vs not-worth- it hotels!

Thanks for all the answers so far!
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Nov 20th, 2007, 11:18 AM
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The most I've ever paid for a room was at the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary last year. It was $224 Canadian ($190 USD at the time) which is a splurge for me and worth every penny. I'd booked a room on the Gold floor, but when my mom and I arrived, it wasn't ready and they put us in a junior suite that rack rates at around $600 per night. No complaints from either of us. I also retained my Gold floor privileges, which I used to the fullest.

Also, I was in town for the Spruce Meadows Masters and as equestrian sports are a passion of mine and several of the top people in show jumping were staying at the hotel, it was a treat to encounter them.

With that being said, $200 per night is my threshhold for any hotel and I would not have stayed there without the deal that I got.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 11:18 AM
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I assumed there was an unspoken minimum amount to spend to be eligible to answer the question?
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Nov 20th, 2007, 11:21 AM
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Some years ago I stayed at Gleneagles in Scotland. I don't remember what I paid, but left feeling it was well worth the price. Brown's in London was good value for money as well.

More recently I stayed at Athens Airport Sofitel during a ten hour layover. Expensive, but it sure beat camping out in the terminal.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 11:46 AM
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$550/night for the Westin in Maui, ocean front room with balcony for our honeymoon. Worth it.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 12:03 PM
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Most expensive hotel for me was Le Sirenuse back in 1986. I think we paid about $500 a night, demi-pension. Was one of their superior rooms, the ones to the right as you look from the pool area. Worth every penny.

We seldom choose to spend that much, though. We're usually very happy with a room in the $200 - 300 range, and sometimes much less.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 12:34 PM
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It is not worth it to me to stay in an expensive hotel. As many other posters have said before, expensive does not always mean nice. We spend our money on good food and wine. I have found that I have not really been disappointed with 2 star hotels like I have with 4 star.

Our most expensive hotel to date has been the Reubens at the Palace 117 GBP/ nt. It was very nice but the room at the 4 star Copthorne Tara for $98 us (Priceline) was much better.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 01:08 PM
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We enjoy five star hotels in Europe but have yet to pay anything close to rack rates...by going off-season, we can find five star hotels at three star prices. Our five-star splurges are usually for spa hotels...we love an on-site spa (a full spa...not just a sauna and a few pieces of exercise equipment). The most I can remember spending for a hotel (that wasn't paid for by somebody else) was about 250€ per night, more or less. We've spent around that much at the Grand Hotel in Vienna, the Dorint Sofitel in Baden-Baden, and at Sofitel Le Parc in Paris (which is now a Starwood property).
The most that was spent on a hotel room paid for by somebody else was around 450€ for the Imperial in Vienna.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 01:32 PM
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Not too long ago (well 20 years or so), between Xmas and NY, we were visiting relatives in FL.

I decided to take my Lady Wife to Key West.

We arrived about 1:30 PM.

Checked out a couple of motels.

Lowest rate $175 at the Holiday Inn.

Went back. No rooms.

Went back to all of the motels.

"You should have taken the room when it was available", they said.

"OK", says I, "We shall watch the sunset, have dinner and drive back".

Went to the Pier House (I think that's right), and saw the sun go down while drinking $1 Margaritas.

About 8:00 PM, On a whim, I asked the desk clerk if he had anything available.

"We can give you one of our $700 suites for $400".

"Make that $200".


"With bkfst"?



Much, much, much, much, much, much better than the Holiday Inn for $175.

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Nov 20th, 2007, 01:35 PM
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The most I personally ever paid was for the Stafford in London but it was wonderful. Room was on the small side but the whole atmosphere was great. It's not the flashy, obsequious type service, but absolutely perfect & understated.

The bartender was famous for his memory. A friend had previously run the Stafford & told me there had been a guest who had stayed for a couple of days many years before. When he returned & entered the bar, the barman asked him if he would still like a "____" which is what the gentleman had ordered on his previous stay. That barman has since passed away. I don't remember what I paid.

The most expensive that I did NOT pay for was a 2 bedroom, 3 bathroom suite with a living room & dining room at the Hyatt in Manhattan.

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Nov 20th, 2007, 01:53 PM
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Since it has to be a room I've paid for I would say it is a hotel in Trier, Germany that I stayed at in '98. My first trip to Europe; I was on a tight budget and there was a train strike. I had just arrived after a long flight from the West Coast and I remember being really tired and really hot. In Trier I found out I would not be able to get to Luxemburg as planned so I walked up to a hotel across from the Porta Negra. They had a room for much more than I could afford ($120 at the time!) but I took it because I was desperate to shower and lay down. Best money I ever spent. I've spent more for hotels since but never a room more worth it than that one.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 02:06 PM
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Chester Grosvenor Hotel, 1986...
150 pounds for the night. Lovely
place and well worth it. I told
the wife it was only 100!

Seems like a real bargain today!
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Nov 20th, 2007, 02:16 PM
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That reminds me, I actually never told my husband what we spent for St. Clerans.

Two others: both worth it, Ventana near Big Sur back in 1996 or so. I see the price has gone from $250 or so/night to maybe $500/night.

The other was Hotel Tresanton in Saint Mawes Cornwall. We still talk about it.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 02:17 PM
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The most to date was probably George V about $650, worth it, you bet!

But we were also in Russia this past year and had a bundled price for a private tour with Exeter International. Looked up the rack rates of both our hotels; Hotel Savoy in Moscow and Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg and these were each over $700. We got upgraded at the Grand and that room was then over $800; worth it, yes!
Our package price I figured out was reasonable given the room costs on top of all the other major perks of their program

Our most expensive is to come this upcoming May that is all booked is Singita Private Reserve in South africa at about $2500 per night ( but everything is included) and I CANNOT wait for this one!

Been in lots of what i consider medium priced rooms, about $200-$300 per night and had some of the lousiest service and mediocre rooms. But also have had some gems as well.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 08:18 PM
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In Maui - for a deluxe ocean view room at the Fairmont Kea Lani. $863 per night, including taxes.

It was a business expense (bending the rules a little, ekscrunchy), but only reimbursed at the rate of the cheapest room in the hotel, which was $529. So we ended up paying $334.

It was nice enough, but who would pay $863 for a room? Lots of people, apparently, as it was packed. It seemed that lots of people were also regulars.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 08:51 PM
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Top 5 in Europe:

Sacher in Vienna-worth it
La Sirense in Positano-worth it
Cour des Loges in Lyon-worth it
Villa Gallici in Aix-worth it
Sources de Caudalie near Bordeaux-worth it

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Nov 21st, 2007, 12:25 AM
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The most expensive hotel room I ever stayed in was the Chesterfield Mayfair in London (2005). With the lousy exchange rate it was about $500 a night.

Yes it was worth it. It is a beautiful hotel with fabulous service. The restaurant is great too. I'm not sure when I will return to London, but when I do I'll likely stay there again. If I stayed at a lesser hotel I'd probably be disappointed.

In Paris (my addiction)the most I've ever paid is 225 euro. Someday though I want to spend at least two nights at the George V. I thought I might be able to do that next trip, but it just isn't in the cards.

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