I’ve had luxury hotel room features on the brain lately. Maybe it’s because of my upcoming trip to the French Riviera and the $2500 hotel room at the Hyatt Grand Martinez. Maybe it’s because I’ve been struggling to justify keeping Hyatt Diamond. Hmmm…starting to see a pattern here…
My definition of luxury has evolved over the years. My list contains some specific items no “luxurious” room can lack.
A luxury hotel room must have
- If I’m with Deal Dad and the kids no hotel room, no matter how many stars, is going to feel luxurious. Period. No separate space, not luxury. If I’m doing an EVR Rental I’ll definitely flex on some room amenities in exchange for an entire apartment. The space more than makes up for it. I’ll best most parents out there feel me on this one.
- Solo or with just the kids? It’s possible to have a great room, but every other detail had better be great.
- A balcony with or without kids. Unless it’s in a city (and sometimes even then) no room, no matter how great, will trump fresh air.
- I’ve seen so many hotels feature exclusive details everywhere but the balconies- where they pick up the patio chairs from Big Lots. Why do they screw up this simple detail? In most locations I’ll spend as much time on the balcony as in any other part of the room.
- Great bedding. Another must have a lot of expensive hotels miss. Scratchy sheets and lumpy pillows are all too common in high end hotels and an absolute no-no.
- No nickel and diming. Wifi fees? Room service prices 3x the restaurant? Pool Chair rental? NO.
- Common area upkeep. I’ll forgive an occasional cracked tile or furniture stain but stale beer cups and cigarette butts from the night before get a hotel knocked off the luxury list.
- The company you keep. The Deal Kids have learned “hotel manners”. If the other guests in the hotel are straight out of Bachelor Party it’s going to affect your experience.
The funny thing about this list is that I’ve seen Hampton Inns, Hyatt Places and Radissons pass with flying colors while I’ve seen $400/night hotels fail.
Notable is what’s NOT on this list:
- Amazing service. Sure I don’t want BAD service, but as long as it’s unobtrusive and gets the job done, I’m good.
- A club. Another “nice to have” but if I’m in a 2 bedroom condo with a great terrace and kitchen can’t I just go to the grocery?
- Bathrobes, slippers, etc. Do I really use them?
- High end toiletries. At this point I have enough for a lifetime!
I’m really talking myself out of renewing Diamond status, aren’t I?
What’s on your list that didn’t make mine? Anything on mine that you don’t care about? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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