My sister had the idea of our family going to Biltmore for Christmas. For those not familiar Christmas is a big deal there with candlelight tours and lots of Christmas trees and Edwardian era decorations and the like. She specifically wanted to stay in the Inn at Biltmore (the hotel located on the grounds of the estate) because in addition to being very nice it includes admission to the estate.
I knew it would be pricy but I looked up rates and immediately thought ‘think again’. No way in hell am I paying $660 per night for a double room in North Carolina even if it “includes exclusive gift ornament” and breakfast (but not dinner). Unless that gift ornament was made by Faberge and has a “To Nikky, wub your widdle Allix” inscription it hardly offsets the fact that I could get a very nice room in Manhattan for much less than that. For $660 a room better include my choice of two concubines, an in-room omelette bar and luau, and a private dinner with the TV sitcom actor of my choosing.
So I’m trying to think of what the most expensive room I’ve stayed in is. I paid about $280 per night for a nice room in D.C. when I was on expense account, though when I went back on my own dime I used priceline to get an equally nice room for under $100, which is the most I consider at all reasonable for a hotel that’s not during peak season or during a major event (Mardi Gras in New Orleans or Inauguration in D.C. or whatever).
I should say I don’t like the beach and never stay in beach hotels and prefer vacationing in cities rather than resorts so that probably makes a difference. I’ve also gotten pretty good at finding good rooms cheap online so I’ll admit I’m kind of cheap- I prefer to have more money to spend on longer stays or dining or other attractions.
What’s the most you’ve ever paid, and if it was a lot, was it worth it?
I started to do this as a poll but decided to make it a response thread instead.