I’m considering a trip to Dubai, and of course one of the first things that comes to mind when I think Dubai is the Burj Al Arab, the world’s “seven star” hotel. Yes, it’s that absolutely ridiculous, blinged out, sail looking monster. They charge you just to visit it. The hotel is all suites, and the smallest one is around 1,800 square feet… yeah, you heard me right.
Just for fun I looked at their American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts rate, which includes a room upgrade, late check-out, breakfast, and a 50 minute massage. The rate was $1,149 plus the service charge and tax, or about $1,350 all-in. Yeah, that’s for a night.
For obvious reasons I’m saying to myself I shouldn’t even consider this, but then again, I almost always spend next to nothing on trips, since hotels and airlines are always covered on miles/points. A lot of people spend a ton of money when traveling on attractions, and given that Dubai is a city of glitz, what better “entertainment” cost than a night an the Burj, right?
Anyway, I’m going back and forth on this one. I certainly could use points for the Park Hyatt or Grand Hyatt and then do a night here, but then I say to myself “I might as well just book a revenue stay at the Park or Grand Hyatt for five nights, save the points, upgrade to a suite, and earn points.” Or just save money altogether and book the Park Hyatt or Grand Hyatt on points and call it a day… I spend enough money on travel!
So what say you, readers? What’s the most you would ever spend on a hotel for a night?