Luxury Hotel vs. Budget Hotel

Friday, June 25, 2004
I'm finally back from Chicago. Overall it was a good trip both from a business perspective and from a personal perspective. Had a good time, got to see a friend of mine I haven't seen in a while, and even caught a baseball game.

What I'm here to write about is a comparison of the two hotels I stayed in while I was in the Chicago Area. The differences between the two were great but I'll let you draw your own conclusions.

The Hampton Inn - Naperville
Cost - $82.80 per night
Size of room ~ 250 sq ft
Internet Access - Free (wireless)
Bottled water - Free
In Room Snack - Free
Breakfast - Free
Shower - Waterpik head
Cookies - Free at Front Desk

The Palmer House Hilton - Downtown Chicago
Cost - $217.16 per night
Size of room ~ 200 sq ft
Internet Access - $10 per day (wired)
Bottle Water - $5
In Room Snack - none
Breakfast - None
Shower - standard shower head
Cookies - None

Is there something wrong with this picture? I'm sure Jenny will have much more to say about how much she loved the Palmer House but I'll let her do that. Just to be fair the Palmer House does have its advantages. It is downtown so you are closer to things (the best attraction in Naperville is a AMC 36) and the decor of the building is much nicer and plush. But who really cares about the decor? It also has things like a bell desk, restaurants, a kitchen to order room service, a mini-bar, a bar, shops, etc. But these are all things that as a traveler I don't really care all that much for. Also it frustrated me that to get to the 15th floor from the 11th floor I had to either take the stairs or take the elevator to the 8th floor first and then catch a different elevator to the 15th floor. How stupid is that?


Kat said...

i vote hampton. it's all about the free cookies and free wireless!