An open-ended question: do you have an absolute dollar limit on what you’ll spend on a hotel room or does it always vary by location and date?
I realize this limits me from most higher end hotels like the Aman Resorts chain, but I have a huge psychological barrier to paying four digits for one hotel night, no matter how nice the property is.
This conundrum seems so out of touch for most travelers, but I feel those of us who play the miles and points game can relate since we often score incredible suite upgrades for rooms that may easily exceed $1K/night.
Truthfully, even spending $500 per night makes me uncomfortable. The problem is not the price itself, but the cost/benefit analysis that instinctively comes when I think about dropping so much money for one night.
I’ll give you an example. I could not get over the $1,000/night price tag at the Park Hyatt Zurich earlier this week, so I stayed elsewhere in Zurich. That spurred this post. This has nothing to do with whether I can afford it but has everything to do with the cost-bereft analysis I discussed above. There are so many better uses for that money.
Look, you don’t need to remind me how expensive Switzerland is. In the case of the Park Hyatt Zurich, it is undoubtedly a lovely hotel (I’ve reviewed it in 2012 and 2017), but it is also was significantly more than comparable hotels in the city and exponentially more (almost 15x more) than decent four star hotels near the airport.
Let’s not confuse issues, though. Let’s say all the hotels were $1K+/night so this was not an issue of cheaper alternatives, but of no cheap alternatives. Were that to be the case, I’d seriously consider sleeping in a hostel or taking an overnight train in a circle before spending that much on a hotel room.
What do you think? Irrational game of semantics, a reflection of my current socioeconomic status, or a valid point? I assert that no matter how nice a hotel is, at some point it is just too expensive to justify even if I’m Warren Buffet.