A luxury hotel is a great choice for a luxury traveller, compared to an Airbnb or apartments. For budget travellers, rentals serve them best, since they’re cheaper than the mid-range hotels. But luxury hotels have their own benefits compared to rentals.
1. Better value
Attention to detail is usually very vital for any luxury traveller. Some of these is often missing with the top-notch properties on Airbnb as well as rental apartments. Here is an example: A unique and personalised welcome amenity for you, and maybe an amazing special pastry treat for your kids; an awesome cake if you’re celebrating a birthday or champagne for your wedding anniversary; luxurious slippers or bathrobes; reservations at high-end restaurants that may be hard to get, though the Concierge; housekeeping twice a day.
2. Improved service
Top luxury hotels worldwide usually have lengthy and rigorous hiring as well as training processes. And mostly for the associates who interact with guests. The major difference for luxury brands such as Aman Resorts, The Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental and Four Seasons from the rest is service.
3. A great night’s sleep
Every customer expects that the hotel will offer a great night sleep for a comfortable and restful experience. But most rental apartments and cheap hotels usually fail on this due to either hard mattresses, poor air conditioning in hot climate or light streaming very early in the morning when one wants to sleep. Looking at luxury hotels, they offer luxurious, comfortable beds that offer maximum support, ensure proper temperature regulation in the rooms, provide blackout shades that make the room dark to avoid disruption of sleep, even during the day whenever one feels the need for a nap.
4. Spectacular VIP and loyalty perks
In top luxury hotels, you’ll find preferred partner programs meaning that you can enjoy special perks, for example, an upgrade on arrival, complimentary breakfast dish, a hotel credit as well as various amenities, which mostly depends on the way you make a booking (useful tip; if you want to receive better treatment, avoid going through online sites like Orbitz or Expedia). Some brands like Ritz-Carlton, Park Hyatt, St. Regis and many more also allow a customer to earn loyalty points through Marriott, Hyatt and SPG. These points can be redeemed in future for stays or upgrades. For SPG, they can be transferred to some airline frequent flyer programs and use them to book flights. In Airbnb and apartments, you’ll never receive these types of VIP perks or loyalty points.
5. The ability to change rooms or suite if needed
Unfortunately, unexpected mistakes may happen or there can be a slight problem with your room, rental or suite. If you’re residing in a rental, such situations may ruin the whole of your vacation or at least part of it. If you’re in a luxury hotel, it’s pretty simple. In case there’s an issue, the hotel will see to it that you get another room or suite, where you can move, and at times you may upgrade in the process.
6. It’s free to cancel a refundable reservation.
Sometimes you may have a need to change your plans. You can cancel a refundable reservation at a luxury hotel. You can do this up to the day before without paying a cent, but it’s advisable you check the hotel’s cancellation policy. For an Airbnb it’s different. They usually have strict policies if you need to make a cancellation, which means you’ll lose all your amount if you make a cancellation after booking. Some hosts have flexible cancellation policies, but you can’t get the fee Airbnb collects. So remember even if your plans change, the Airbnb fee is non-refundable.