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

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

Nov 21st, 2007, 01:54 AM
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Just to give some context, I've stayed in a $12.50 a night guesthouse in Chengdu that I loved (Sim's) and often go with apartments or guesthouses rather than hotels. I have stayed in "five stars" in my earlier years while on tour, and Morocco comes to mind for some truly luxe spots, but with planning my own trips I tend to go for more, um, utilitarian.

But one Christmas-to-New Year's week I went to Vancouver and stayed at the Wedgewood: I don't remember the price, as it was about four years ago, but I do know it was worth absolutely every penny. I wanted to move right in...and the restaurant was lovely, too.
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Nov 21st, 2007, 04:05 AM
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A view suite at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, October 2005. Gorgeous room with all the Gold floor amenities. I think the rate was something like $250/night - reduced because we held our wedding there. Worth much more.
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Nov 21st, 2007, 06:17 AM
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At the George V, well over $1,000. I won't say how much because I'll get slapped down on this board. And yes, it was worth every penney. We never consider staying at any other hotel in Paris.
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Nov 21st, 2007, 06:18 AM
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Ira that's a doozy!

BTW 20 years ago is considered "recently" in my book.
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Nov 21st, 2007, 09:47 AM
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I have got a lot of respect for you! if thats the most you have paid for a room.
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Nov 21st, 2007, 10:41 AM
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Do B&B's count? If not, almost nothing because we never, ever stay in hotels (except if it is business and then it is 5 star luxury which is unnecessary for us and not paid for by ourselves). Having had rooms in the top hotels in Europe (business) we still prefer B&B's.

The most we have spent on a room was 60 pounds near Carnoustie this past July. It was stunning - on an idyllic, pastoral and peaceful farm at a 5 star en suite B&B including a huge and scrumptious breakfast. But then I do on average 200 hours of research on each trip's accommodation to find that perfectly quiet, scenic, rural, atmospheric, charming, idyllic and amazing little gem that no tour buses can ever even get close to.

We have stayed in listed medieval buildings with slanted slate floors, period features, just oozing with character and always under 60 pounds per room.

We find the experiences in such B&B's to be more memorable than those in luxury hotels.
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Nov 21st, 2007, 11:51 AM
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Last month I went to Mii Amo in Sedona for a 3 night stay. Total stay was $2,640 (or $880 a night). The price included my room (no view), all meals (fabulous), 6 spa treatments (2-90 minutes, 4-60 minutes), and all taxes and gratuities...plus a few "gifts." I realize that I got much more than a hotel room out of this, so maybe it's a little unfair to lump it into "most expensive hotel room." But ask me if it was worth it? OH YES...every penny...and I'll go back again. When I can afford it.
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Nov 21st, 2007, 02:50 PM
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Travel2liv, do you have a website for the b&b?
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Nov 21st, 2007, 02:57 PM
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Georges Blanc in Vonnas, France in 1990 about $500.00 for the room and dinner. Worth it.
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Nov 21st, 2007, 02:59 PM
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The most we paid was Reid's on Madiera.

The best bargain was a thousand years ago at the parador in Avila.
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Nov 21st, 2007, 03:02 PM
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Hotel Raphael in Paris. Don't remember the exact cost since it was 29 years ago, but what a perfect honeymoon hotel! And though it's quite pricey, quite a bargain compared to the George V.
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Nov 21st, 2007, 03:28 PM
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In Feb. of 2001 we stayed a couple nights at the Kildrummy Castle Hotel. It was around $400 per night, and yes, it was worth it!
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Nov 21st, 2007, 04:32 PM
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Hopingtotravel, I will look up the B&B and post it for ya!
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Nov 21st, 2007, 05:23 PM
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Neither hotel is in Europe.

In about 1990, we stayed at the Hotel Seiyo Ginza in Tokyo. A lovely hotel with excellent service, but the room and bathroom were both very, very small. $750 a night for a week! Thankfully, my husband's primary account (import biz) was our host.

About five years ago, we stayed at the Ahwanhee Lodge in Yosemite in a very nice room with a fabulous view and terrace for $500 a night. Ka-ching! That one was on us, but I love the place.
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Nov 21st, 2007, 06:09 PM
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The "free" suite that my husband and I stayed in on our wedding night at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge where we were married. I guess really my parents paid for that one but far and away the most expensive!!
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Nov 21st, 2007, 08:47 PM
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Two years ago we paid 350E or thereabouts for a mini suite at the Albergo del Senato in Rome, and no I don't think it was worth it.

This year we paid A$1200 a night for a two bed suite at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, the most I have ever paid in my life and again no it was not worth it. Not having much luck with the $$$ hotels.

A good question eskcrunchy, I like the idea of compiling a list of "worth it" hotels. You don't mind if you really go away feeling great and pampered etc but when you go away feeling ripped off as we did in Melbourne well it leaves a bitter taste in one's mouth.

Keep those "worth it" suggestions coming everyone else.
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Nov 21st, 2007, 09:18 PM
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eks-Did you answer your own question? Did I miss it?

I think to date, my most expensive hotel stay (that I paid for) was at the Peninsula in Bangkok last year at $190 per night. Was it worth it? Absolutely. Can I afford that all the time? No.

In March we're staying at the Casa Albertina for approx. 200 euro per night. We've stayed there before, including on our honeymoon, so I think it will be worth it. Compared to similar Positano hotels, it seems to be a good value considering the balcony rooms have some of the best views in town. Still, it's a crazy amount of money now with the exchange as it is. It's more than doubled in price from when we were last there 8 years ago.

Most of the time when I travel, I try to keep the cost around 100 euro per night, but that's getting harder and harder in Europe.
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Nov 21st, 2007, 10:28 PM
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The most I've paid for a hotel is about $400 (US).

W on Lexington in NYC - $399/night about 4 years ago. Worth it: gorgeous rooms, but really small

Waldorf Astoria in NYC - $349/night about 3 years ago. Worth it just to say I stayed at the Waldorf. Rooms were huge!!

THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay in Vegas - $399/night last January. Totally worth it to have a suite with 2 bathrooms (one for my boyfriend, and the bigger one for me) and the service of the hotel staff.
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Nov 22nd, 2007, 04:19 AM
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We stayed at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Canada last year (about £260 pounds from memory).

Despite only paying for a mountain view (a lot cheaper) we got a free upgrade to face the lake - What a view!

This is by far the most impressive hotel we have ever stayed in simply for the view of the lake and glacier (picture postcard stuff).

There were plenty of restaurants to eat in, a pub and take-away area so you didn't have to go for the posh 'shirt and tie' restaurants.

Although the room was a little on the small size for the price you didn't care as the view and surrounding walks and facilities were amazing.

When I think about our trip to Canada I always smile as i picture the view from our hotel window. (I've got a massive grin now just writing this)

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Nov 22nd, 2007, 04:38 AM
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Another 'worth it' for the San Domenico Palace in Taormina - we stayed there on honeymoon in 2000 for £360 pn. Although I wasn't so used to booking direct in those days and we arranged everything through a British company, so I daresay it might have been cheaper to book direct. Also - we had a fantastic big room with a decent-sized private terrace, but I'm not sure we would have got that type of room (even at that price) had we not been on honeymoon.
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