Our Favorite Paid Hotel Stays


I recently covered our favorite past hotel stays on points.  Now I want to cover our favorite paid hotel stays were we ponied up cold, hard cash instead of points.   Sometimes there is a property we really want to stay at and we either don’t have enough points or the hotel itself doesn’t participate in a loyalty points program. These are those memorable properties that we had an amazing time at and have very fond feelings about.

In no particular order here are our 5 favorite paid hotel stays:

Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay

In June 2014 we stayed four nights at the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay in Bali and booked through a Virtuoso travel advisor.  We took advantage of a “stay longer” promo where if we stayed 4 nights we got the 4th night free. Loved the property one of our favorites of all time.

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Four Seasons Sayan

We stayed three nights at Four Seasons Sayan in Bali in June 2013. We used the same Virtuoso travel advisor and took advantage of the “stay longer’ promo whereas the 3rd night was free.  Really enjoyed our private villa here and just an overall great property.

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Four Seasons Chiang Mai

We stayed three nights at Four Seasons Chiang Mai in Sept 2014.  We booked through a virtuoso travel advisor and again used the “stay longer” promo in which the 3rd night was free.   Really loved the atmosphere of this property and the pools.

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Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Our honeymoon was spent at Banyan Tree Mayakoba in 2010.  We spent a week here and at the time it was our most luxurious and biggest hotel splurge!!! The in room pool and hot tub are unforgettable as they are HUGE!  You really never need to leave your villa at the Banyan Tree.  At the time we ended up booking this through a local travel agency in Wisconsin.




(tie) The Chatwal (NYC)

Another amazing property that we stayed at prior to this blog was our stay at The Chatwal in NYC.  We stayed here February of 2012 and were upgraded to a huge suite with two bathrooms and a large outdoor patio space!!  Loved our room and to this day The Chatwal has the best showers of any hotel we have stayed at!!!  I booked this through a SPG best rate guarantee and we scored a great deal. We spent two great nights at the Chatwal.



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(tie) Ritz-Carlton Toronto

August of 2014 we spent a weekend in Toronto at the Ritz-Carlton.  It was a great hotel and we scored a great deal through the OTA Travel Pony.  Really good service and a solid hard product made this one a winner for us along with a nice location to explore Toronto.

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Honorable mention:

Four Seasons Denver (2013)
Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire (2007)
Wynn Las Vegas (2012 and 2013)

As always I am happy to answer any questions on these properties.  What was your favorite cash stay at a hotel or resort?



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