Last weekend at FT4RL 6 I took on the topic of Vendoming. After the session I had a nice chat with a couple who had an upcoming first stay booked at the Vendome with their two kids. They asked me a valid question: “What’s wrong with the Vendome?” Well, nothing. By most standards it’s a fabulous property- world-renowned, in fact. But what makes a hotel room luxurious to you may differ greatly than others, especially with a family.
What’s wrong with the Vendome?
The first thing I shared with the couple was the reasons people love the Vendome. This morning I actually went through a number of reviews to verify these:
- Breakfast benefit for
- Luxurious room amenities (sheets, fixtures, toiletries)
- Gorgeous Bathroom
- Possibility of running into a celebrity who is also staying there
I asked which of these five matters to this family of four on this trip. They thought about it a minute and realized the breakfast and the location mattered, but the others were pretty much irrelevant to how much they enjoyed their vacation.
Because of the Vendome’s room size they had to book two rooms at 60K Hyatt points a night for a family of four. They could book the Etoile down the street for 1/2 the points. They would still get free breakfast and be on top of the Metro.
If they wanted to stay loyal to Hyatt and still stay in a central location and at a “fancy” property the Hotel de Louve saves 20K points a night on two rooms or the Hotel Madeline would save 10K on two rooms.
But honestly (if they don’t want the Etoile) maybe they shouldn’t use Hyatt points at all. Maybe an apartment (with arrival points or via the UR portal) is a better choice.
What make a hotel room luxurious for families?
For me it’s Space. I asked the question last year and you guys had some great answers, but the one I go back to is space. I recently spent time at three Disney on-property resorts including two deluxe resorts. In one of them bedding consisted of a queen and a pull out couch and in another two doubles. The Deal Kids are now 10 and 13. Deal Kid will NOT sleep with his sister at this age. In one room we went “boys in one bed, girls in the other”. In the other Deal Kid slept on the floor. In a “deluxe” hotel room that goes for $500/night.
The next week I stayed in a two bedroom condo at Westgate Town Center. The second bedroom had two double beds- the Deal Kids would have had plenty of room to spread out. Not to mention the living room, second bathroom, kitchen, and enclosed balcony. The cost? $200 A WEEK using a certificate.
Even I fall prey to Vendoming once in a while.
I confessed to a Vendoming sin at FT4RL. One of the Camp Mom possible destinations is Mendoza, Argentina. One reason it’s high on the list is the fact that there’s a Category 2 Park Hyatt there. What a deal!
However, Mendoza is wine country and I’m traveling with a 10 and 13 year old. While Deal Dad and I might love it, I’m having trouble justifying Mendoza with them in mind. If you have any ideas for kids in Mendoza, let me know!
The point of all of this: Think before you book. Take my advice…not to just take my advice. Determining what makes a hotel room luxurious to you before you go will make or break your trip.
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