6 good reasons to splurge on a luxury hotel for your next vacation

To upgrade or not to upgrade… that is the hardest decision in life. You can stay at an average hotel and save hundreds of dollars, or you can splurge on a five-star property and vacation with the highest degree of comfort. What do you choose? Should you budget or splurge on a luxury hotel?

We’ve all had the delicate scenario of searching and comparing hotels to book, and it often leaves you conflicted. Some times the difference between a standard hotel and a luxury one is just a matter of a hundred bucks a night, but you know that extra money saved could go far if you stay at, say, Aloft.

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. You know you want this. Stephanie (pictured) is living the good life.

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. Stephanie (pictured) is living the good life.

I’m all about making a vacation memorable, and that includes staying in a hotel that is part of the experience. If you really need someone to twist your arm, here are six good reasons you should pay the difference for a luxury hotel.

1. It’s YOUR vacation, and you’re putting it all on your credit card anyway.

It’s your vacation, you call the shots, and you end up with the memories. When you look back at your vacation, do you want to remember chilling out in a tiny standard room at a Marriott or popping champers at a Four Seasons?

A vacation should be a vacation.

HUGE TIP ALERT: If the different between a basic hotel and a luxury hotel is pretty steep, chances are occupancy is high for whatever reason (ie: holiday, event, Seth Rogen checking in with his entourage.). If you travel when occupancy is low, that luxury hotel definitely wants your business either way…. so call up reservations yourself and see how low they can go for a rate. You could be surprised.

Pikaia Lodge in Galapagos. There's only 10 rooms, so this is all yours basically. Do you really want to stay in a budget lodge crammed with backpackers and chaos?

Pikaia Lodge in Galapagos. There’s only 10 rooms, so this is all yours basically.

2. Two words: luxury hotel.

Backbending staff, welcome amenity, fresh gourmet food, 24-hour room service (with food that is actually delicious at 2 AM), heated pools, infinity pools, pools that are taken care of, private pools with your suite, bellhops, views, craft cocktails, better location, comfortable beds, bathtubs with bath salts and expensive toiletries, amenities like complimentary bikes, separate concierge, often private beaches, thoughtful design and a high degree of comfort. This is what you get at a luxury hotel.

Luxury hotels usually have bathtubs and rain showers (and bidets if you're into it).

Luxury hotels usually have bathtubs and rain showers (and bidets if you’re into it).

3. Luxury hotels actually give a damn.

Let’s say you order in-room dining. Your French fries are cold. A luxury hotel will not only replace them, they’ll likely take the entire meal off the bill for the inconvenience.

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Or, let’s say WIFI is spotty and it’s frustrating. Mention it at check-out and it will be taken off your bill right away, whereas, at a budget hotel, you’ll have to fight for this.

At a luxury hotel, very little guests complain because everything works out more smoothly than a budget hotel, so a luxury hotel can go bigger to fix things. They want you to have a memorable stay, and they set really high expectations because the majority of their guests are important people in the real world (celebrities, CEOs, VIPs, etc.).

Luxury hotels strive to be the best in the city, so they actually give a damn when it comes to their guests. Also, hotel managers at luxury hotels get it. They know customers come first and they want to fix things.

Your own private pool at Ritz Carlton Reserve Dorado Beach.

Your own private pool at Ritz Carlton Reserve Dorado Beach.

4. Bragging rights.

Most people who stay in an amazing luxury hotel will let the whole world know, mostly through social media. A luxury hotel will get them excited, whether its from the killer views from their room or the amazing design of the hotel bar.

Luxury hotels put in every effort for design, ambience and even architecture. Would you rather Instagram from a Peninsula Hotel or a Holiday Inn? We thought so. I have a friend who travels often for work and he has a huge Instagram following. You can bet he goes nuts on social media at a luxury hotel, but if he’s booked at a budget hotel, you’ll never see that hotel on his feed.

The gorgeous pool at Four Seasons Bora Bora, which is definitely better than whatever isn't Four Seasons Bora Bora. 

The gorgeous pool at Four Seasons Bora Bora, which is definitely better than whatever isn’t Four Seasons Bora Bora.

5. You’ll generally feel good the entire time.

I’m about to get New Age on you. The energy levels at a luxury hotel are high. The staff are happy to work there, they take care of the hotel with passion, and hotel guests are also in great moods because they are on vacation and staying in a wonderful hotel, meaning great energy is bouncing off the walls.

Energy is contagious, so it will brighten your mood and energy level right away.

If you're going to Luang Prabang Laos, you can pay $100 for a mediocre hotel with no restaurant, pool or central heating or upgrade to THIS, Amantaka. 

If you’re going to Luang Prabang Laos, you can pay $100 for a mediocre hotel with no restaurant, pool or central heating or upgrade to THIS, Amantaka.

6. No regrets.

Hey, remember that time you were looking to book a hotel in New Orleans, and your options were between a basic hotel and a luxury hotel that was about $80 more? You dwelled on it for a really long time and decided to book the standard hotel to save money? Then you got to the hotel and it had no soul, the front desk gave zero Fs, there was no turn-down service, the pool was too cold to swim in, tons of screaming kids in the room next door gave you nightmares, your room had a view of the parking lot, your TV never worked, WIFI only worked in certain areas, the other hotel guests were wacky, the food was not good and the hotel nickel and dimed you for a few things when you checked out? Remember that??

The beautiful lobby with soaring ceilings at Peninsula Chicago. Don't you want to chill out here?

The beautiful lobby with soaring ceilings at Peninsula Chicago. Don’t you want to chill out here?

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