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Top Reasons to Splurge when Booking a Hotel

Top Reasons to Splurge when Booking a Hotel


When was the last time you booked a hotel? What process did you follow to narrow your options and make a final decision?

While many travelers do whatever it takes to save on the cost, others take a different approach. These people have come to find that splurging when booking a hotel is one of the best travel related decisions they can make!

Does this mean you should spend money you don’t have? Of course not. Does this mean the highest priced hotels are definitely the best? Again, no.

However, when you splurge, you may find yourself taking advantage of the following benefits:

1.  More Amenities

Maybe this is important to you or maybe it isn’t. If amenities are on your mind, you’ll find that more expensive hotels can typically offer everything you want and need (plus so much more).

For example, if you’re interested in a hotel with a spa, you’ll probably need to spend a little more money.

On-site amenities can be the difference between an enjoyable trip and one in which you spend too much time running around.

2. A Greater Level of Comfort

Let’s face it: there is nothing worse than booking a hotel room, just to find that the bed is uncomfortable or there is nowhere to sit, and the level of cleanliness is not up to par.

Fortunately, when you splurge, this isn’t nearly as big a problem. You never know what you’re going to get when you arrive at a hotel, but four and five star properties very rarely fall short in regards to comfort.

For instance, if you find yourself traveling to Berlin, it won’t be long before you realize that there are hotels all over the “pricing map.”

If comfort is on your mind, use an online service such as Expedia, to find a Berlin hotel that is well known for providing a comfortable atmosphere to each and every guest. This will give you the information you need to book a room with confidence.

3. More Space

Some travelers need a lot of space in their hotel room, while others are just fine with a smaller area.

If space is important to you, don’t hesitate to splurge. This doesn’t mean you have to book a luxury suite, but you definitely want to learn more about the size of the room and what it includes.

This is a particularly important detail if you’ll be staying with other people, such as family members or coworkers.

4. Better Location

This is one of those details that many people never think about until it’s too late.

You assume that any location will suit you just fine, but you come to find that it’s actually an inconvenience.

Typically, best hotels are located in the best part of town. Along with this, they are often conveniently located in close proximity to the area’s top attractions.

Prague street scene

You should never book a hotel until you are familiar with the exact location. Is it downtown? At the airport? In a business park?

If location isn’t important to you, forget about this detail for the time being. However, if you need a hotel in a particular part of town, you should never be afraid to spend some extra cash.  Being centrally located is also really important if you’re only spending a short amount of time there.  You don’t want to spend half of your day commuting around the city!

5. Easier to Work from Your Room

Are you traveling for business? Will you be spending a lot of time in your room, such as checking emails and making calls back to the office?

If so, you know that your room needs to suit your every want and need. This is particularly true when it comes to the workspace – such as the desk and chair – as well as the internet speed and other in-room amenities.

If you know in advance that you’ll be using your hotel room for more than just sleep, don’t shy away from spending a few extra dollars to get exactly what you want. You should consider this an investment, not an expense.

Set a Budget

As you create your travel budget, it’s a good idea to focus on how much you can comfortably afford to spend on lodging.

With this number in mind, you can begin your search for the perfect hotel. If you find that your budget isn’t getting you what you want, you have a couple options:

  • Reassess your situation to determine if you can cut back spending in other categories.
  • Broaden your search in an attempt to find a more affordable hotel that meets most your needs.

In a perfect world, you would never have to think about money when traveling. Unfortunately, most people don’t have this luxury. Instead, you need to implement a budget that will keep your spending in check.


It’s easy to find and compare hotels online, but it’s not nearly as simple to locate one that suits your every need, all at a price you’re willing to pay.

Although you may have avoided doing so in the past, there are many good reasons to splurge when booking a hotel. This may be new to you, so consider all your options and take your time when making a decision!

How much money do you typically spend on lodging when traveling? Do you ever splurge on this expense to ensure that you get exactly what you want? Share your personal budgeting tips, travel secrets, and any other important advice in the comments below.



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About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Indrani
    June 10, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    I like hotels with a good view from window. I don’t mind splurging a bit for that.
    These reasons too sound good. 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 12, 2017 at 6:03 am

      Yes, a good view is priceless!

  2. Anna @ shenANNAgans
    June 11, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Great tips, its amazing how with a little shopping around and sticking to a budget you can have INCREDIBLE experiences.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 12, 2017 at 6:04 am

      Thanks, Anna!

  3. Elaine J Masters
    June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    I love mixing it up when I’m on a longer trip but nothing beats a good hotel for gracious lodging and amenities. I need to break out of my Airbnb mentality!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 12, 2017 at 6:10 am

      You’re right! Especially if you’re celebrating a special occasion 🙂 Airbnb can be great when you’re traveling in a bigger group or with family.

  4. RaW | Ramble and Wander
    June 12, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    I tend to go for centrally located 3- to 4-star hotels for city breaks as I prefer to be close to places of interests where I can just walk to rather than spend time commuting to and from. I book 5-star hotels only if it’s just a short staycation or if it’s a resort where I plan to spend more time at the hotel/resort rather than outside. And I try to save money by booking the cheapest available room or use points for this 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 13, 2017 at 9:05 am

      I totally understand! Staycations are always fun and worth a splurge, especially if it’s a special occasion.

  5. Cat
    June 12, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    All valid reasons for splurging on hotels! I tend to book hotels with good views, decently spacious, clean, and at a convenient location. It just makes traveling much more comfortable and pleasant!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 13, 2017 at 9:05 am

      Oh yes, a fabulous view is priceless!

  6. Tarah Vongbouthdy
    June 12, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    We think a good view and good location is worth the splurge! Its easy to get caught up in wanting to “budget” though

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 13, 2017 at 9:08 am

      We are definitely on the same page, Tarah!

  7. Juliette | Snorkels to Snow
    June 13, 2017 at 3:51 am

    Luxury hotels can totally be worth it, especially if there are extra amenities. We tend to mix things up quite a bit – and splash out when we have a special occasion. Great views can make a good holiday awesome.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 13, 2017 at 9:09 am

      Yes, special occasions are definitely worth splurging on!

  8. Nancy
    June 13, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    I value an excellent hotel experience and don’t mind paying for it. That being said, I often look for special offers e.g. 5th night free.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 15, 2017 at 10:10 am

      Oh yes, special offers are always great! I sometimes sign up for a hotel’s email subscription because they often times send deals out that way.

  9. Arnav Mathur
    June 14, 2017 at 10:06 am

    The decision of opting for a hotel/hostel usually depends on the kind of budget I have and the type of vacation I want. That said, I wouldn’t mind spending a tad bit extra and stay in a good hotel, as long as I get to wake up to a breathtaking view.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 15, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Yes, a good view totally makes it worth it! It’s just nice to splurge every now and then 🙂

  10. Genie Patra
    June 14, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I totally agree with all your points in this! Sometimes it’s worth the splurge to be able to come back from a long day out and truly relax in your room. I’m all for luxury travel!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 15, 2017 at 10:12 am

      We’re definitely on the same page, Genie!

  11. Neil Dimapilis
    August 16, 2018 at 2:25 am

    This is wonderful! thank you for sharing this to us! this is amazing

  12. Zoe Campos
    August 24, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Thanks for telling me that I should consider all my options first before deciding on a hotel. We’ll be spending the weekend in Boston, MA, for our wedding anniversary, so my husband and I are thinking of putting a lot of effort into the place where we’ll be staying in. I hope I can find some good B&Bs by looking online.

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 25, 2020 at 4:34 pm

      I’d recommend booking direct, lots of places are offering extra deals or upgrades/free breakfast, things like that if you book direct 🙂 Enjoy!

  13. hotel home
    September 24, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Great Article!!!

    • Carmen Edelson
      September 28, 2020 at 7:34 am

      Thank you!

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