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Most expensive/luxurious hotel you have stayed at.

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by kevin853, Mar 29, 2019.

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  1. waverunner

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    I stayed a few times at The Taft Hotel in Times Sq, in the 60's. It was historic and the location was perfect to see Broadway Shows and Radio City Music Hall. My family would drive from Boston to NYC during the Holidays.

    When i moved to LA in the late 70's, most of my Hotel trips would be mainly in the Hawaiian Islands during the 80's. Stayed at some nice Hotels like the Hawaiian Regency and the Moana on Oahu, Wailea Beach on Maui, and the Waikoloa on the Big Island (courtesy of Kaamaina rates from my extended Hawaiian family). So even back in the 80's, i was getting discounts towards my Hotel bill.....LOL.

    I far as Vegas, i guess the most expensive Hotel i stayed at was Caesars Palace, but i was comped the whole week.....LOL.

    What i have learned in Vegas all these years is it doesn't matter which Hotel you're staying at (whether it be the Flamingo Capri or Caesars Palace), because once you leave your Hotel room and venture down to the Casino, we are all the same.......High Rollers, Low Rollers, and No Rollers.........we all lose money to the big piggy bank in the sky.....:D
     
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  2. hammie

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    @Basil, what a great trip! This reminded me of a sales contest I won, an all expenses paid trip for two to Casa DeCampo in the Dominican Republic. I was single and my girlfriend at the time was such a drip, I almost asked a cousin. We were put into a 3 bedroom cottage with two other couples, and because me and the GF were unmarried, the other to couples bailed out and got hotel rooms. We had a three bedroom villa to ourselves. The current rate for this place is around $1100 per night plus meals.

    I guess the second best room was at the Elbow Beach Resort for our honeymoon. We had a lanai, an awesome room. (An aside, we ran into our neighbor while eating lunch, what are the odds of this happening?).

    Finally, we had a family vacation to Key West during Easter Break a few years ago, we had a family suite at the Marriott Courtyard, about $400 per night, but totally worth it. Probably the best vacation we ever had.
     
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  3. NYNYGirl

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    Expensive for us goes back to Disney. Staying at the Polynesian Resort with a balcony view of the pool that had a waterfalls. Or at the Animal Kingdom Resort with a balcony view of the animals.

    We also stayed at the International hotel in Times Square. That was a free night and the rest of it paid via points and cash. We got slippers out of the deal does that count as luxury...:D

    In Vegas at NYNY we did have a suite with a hot tub in it...
     
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  4. azlefty

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    Gotten free via promos:
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    • Standard QQ room at Park Hyatt Tokyo
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    But I am just as happy at a Hyatt Place. I don't appreciate being nickled and dimed as 5* hotels do, and I don't travel to stay in my room, and I am a do it yourself traveler and don't enjoy being fussed over by staff.
     
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  5. deansrobinson

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    "Expensive & Luxurious". Well, now there is a bit of subjectivity in that term. What passes for luxury in one part of the world could well be Motel Six in another. We spent a weekend at the Miramar in Mohammedia (just north of Casablanca) back in '87. At the time, it was one of the premier hotels, mostly for the affluent locals (few) or foreigners. It was fantastic....right up to the point where we decided to take a stroll down the beach. Tar balls! Friggin' tar balls! Millions of the damn things!!! Aaarrggh!
     
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  6. ronc

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    I've had some really huge rooms at decent hotels (W, Sheraton, Westin) for "family and friends" rates as low as $49 a night for a 1600 square foot room in Dallas (Westin). We had a suite in Hawaii that was about the size of six rooms (Sheraton Princess Kaiulani) for the price of two regular rooms. We had a suite and connected room at a "W" in New York City, again at a low rate. The things is that these were "very nice" accommodations and and I am thankful to have had them as they worked well for our family, but they were not luxurious.

    The two most luxurious rooms I have stayed in were a fairly normal room at the Encore (which is not to say "normal" in comparison to other rooms in town) and an Aria Sky Suite. The amenities and the whole experience at both were far and away better than other places I have stayed.

    Anyway...that's all I've got on this one...
     
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  7. jgates8

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    Luxurious? Probably the tower suite at Mirage (from MyVegas). No idea what the rate was on it (although I did check at the time - just forgetful).

    Dollar wise?
    1. Beach Club at Disney - won an ESPN the weekend trip. I believe the rate was well over $400 back in 2010. Room was actually pretty but very small for 4 adults.

    2. Swan/Dolphin at Disney - received a F&F rate of $69 a night on a few trips from head of their marketing area including one over NYE. (And trust me - I did promote & market that place - love both facilities!!). Those trips included Club Level so morning food & evening snacks & sodas (I don't believe they have that any longer).

    3. Renaissance at World Golf Village in St Augustine. I used Marriott certificates I earned from a great rewards program online at the time (long gone). This was actually very soon after it opened so the rates now are cheaper than they were then.

    4. Gaylord Properties. Several times for work in Grapevine, Nashville & Orlando. Plus once on a different trip win to Orlando. Those rooms are nice but to me definitely not worth the overpriced rates they charge.
     
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  8. AlPal

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    Last year during the 4th of July I had a basic Carson Tower King room booked at the Golden nugget, checked in on the 3rd with 3 nights comped. I asked if they had any complimentary upgrades available (no tip given) and she smiled and started typing. She said no, but she had a really nice room she could move us into for $50 a night. I was hesitant, but she said slowly that I would not regret it, and that it would come with a free bottle of champagne. I said sure why not, and tipped her $20. She moved us to a 1 bedroom Spa suite with pool view. It was 2 stories, had a spiral staircase, full bar, steam room, and AMAZING views of all the fireworks going on in the Vegas valley. It was normally $800 a night for that suite, I paid $150 plus tax total. No resort fees. Not sure how that worked out, but I am sure it will never happen again. I was a big winner the first night and hadn't even played!
     
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  9. ken2v

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    Might have to agree with Beej and say Four Seasons Lanai.
     
  10. betman4711

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    Salon Suite at the Wynn!! Paid for a regular room and upgraded at check in for 250/night! It was fantastic!
     
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    Spent last Saturday night at The Willows Lodge in Woodinville, Washington. $450 for a very nice room, but just a room. Pricey because it was a spring weekend and the place is an easy drive from Seattle. Only did it because my cousin is in town and the group wanted to do wine tastings.

    Woodinville was slammed and the wines were mostly disappointing. Fortunately, my cousin's daughter belongs to several la-di-da wine clubs and got us in and comped at some places the crowds don't go. I do love me some comps. Unfortunately, I schmoozed our hostess at the last place into doing a couple extra pours and ended up with a headache the next morning. Old doesn't mean wise.

    I think that's the most I ever spent on a room for one night.
     
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  12. Jerseyguy

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    The two hospitals I was in last year.
     
  13. Mitkraft

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    My dad was in the hotel business most of my life so we’ve stayed in some pretty nice ones and occasionally used a high end suite when it was otherwise empty. I also stayed in some pretty nice ones while supporting the top execs in a large independent oil and gas company (St. Regis NY comes to mind).

    Most lavish though was the Celestial Suite in the Astrovillage hotel when my dad worked there. I never stayed the night but did spend a fair bit of time there on a few occasions including one of my dads weddings where he had the ceremony and reception in the mini Astrodome. I think at one time it was the most expensive suite in the world (or maybe U.S.).

    Check it out: https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/The-hotel-suites-at-the-top-of-the-Crowne-Plaze-12227040.php
     
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