Should I Pay More for an Oceanfront View?

My husband and I are traveling for the first time in years. I spent a few days looking over locations and room rates, but I'm having a hard time choosing hotel rooms. We'll be driving around quite a bit, so we need at least three if not four hotels during our stay.

There are so many options available when choosing a hotel. Do I want a three, four or five star hotel? Do I need a queen or king sized bed? Do I want an oceanfront view?

My husband and I haven't gone on an out of state vacation since we purchased our beach house four years ago. Since we almost never travel anywhere other than our beach house I'm tempted to choose relatively pricey hotels.

I think I'm willing to pay a higher premium on rooms at least one or two nights to get a balcony and a better view. The question is how much more am I willing to spend? In some places the cost for an ocean front room is $100 more than a view of the city. Do I really want to shell out that much money just to see the ocean from my room?

While I don't plan on spending a ton of time in our room, I do like the idea of waking up and looking out over the water. When my husband and I honeymooned in Hawaii we sat out on our balcony almost every night, drinking cocktails and looking out over the palm trees.

So I'm torn about the decision. On one hand we haven't taken a vacation to a place other than our beach house in nearly five years, so I think it's okay to splurge a little. On the other hand I hate the idea of shelling out so much money on just the view.

I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on this one. Do you think it's worth it to pay more money for an oceanfront view?

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