Thursday, September 17, 2015

Are 5-star hotels worth the cost?

The Breakers - Palm Beach
(Image obtained online)
It's hard to put all 5-star hotels into one category. Especially as star rating and quality can vary widely between countries. But, if we focus on the United States, the question becomes whether the luxury is worth the cost. I've been lucky to have visited a number of 5-star resorts, and have mixed feelings. Here are some of the pluses and minuses I've encountered. Leave your thoughts in the comments sections below!

Positives to 5-star Hotels
* Service is normally spectacular.
* Location and comfort is excellent.
* Often have spas for added relaxation.
* Attention to detail.
* Special holiday events.
* Transportation is streamlined.
The Broadmoor - Colorado Springs

Negatives to 5-star Hotels

* Cost - Not just of the hotel itself, but the added resort fees, parking fees, internet fees, tips, etc. It often feels like they nickel and dime you to death, even though you're already paying a high rate.

* Not as family friendly (this can be a negative or positive depending on the customer).
* Can feel "stuffy," though it really depends on the location.
* Often quieter in the evenings, less live entertainment at the bars/restaurants.

The Ritz Carlton at Half Moon Bay


  1. Two of the 5-star resorts I love are The Greenbriar and The Broadmoor. Can't believe how the Broadmoor staff remembers the visitors' names! How do they do that?!?

  2. You are right that 5-star resorts are not as family friendly (at least to crying or screaming children), but it is a good experience for a child who's at least seven. Courtesy/etiquette is a dying art.