AskDong had a recent blog post on saving money on resort hotels. (I know — I have yet to find myself in a resort hotel either, but that’s not to say I might not end up on a super-cheap package holiday or a honeymoon someday. The no-budget traveler likes to dream and to keep all options open. You can make my dreams come true here.) He makes the argument that at such hotels, you are paying not only for the standard of your room, but for access to services and amenities. While you select and pay based on the former, the latter remains the same for all guests — whether in the basement or the penthouse. So, in a comparison to house-buying, he recommends you take the worst abode in the best neighborhood you can afford, as it is there that you will get the most return for your money. And seeing as these *are* resorts we are talking about, it is unlikely that any view is bad or that any walk to the private beach, pool or tennis courts is too far to justify 2-3 times the room price. 🙂
Does the same rule work for cruises? Or are the porthole or a balcony worth the extra hundreds charged? Any opinions out there?