When staying at a hotel, there are plenty of rooms types available. One of the most sought after is an ocean view room, and hotels usually charge a premium for the vista on offer.

I think everyone would agree that having a view of the wall of the building next door doesn’t really cut it. That being said, is an ocean view room worth the premium?

Ocean View Rooms

While there is a price premium, it’s often worth it. Nothing beats waking up in the morning and looking outside and seeing the sea. Considering most of us aren’t lucky enough to have a home by the ocean, it’s a real treat to have it in sight.

At the same time, how much time does a person actually spend inside a hotel room? When on holidays, people are usually out and about, doing tours, or lazing by the beach, or eating out.

I once booked a harbour view room in Hong Kong at the InterContinental and in between tours I lazed with a book by the window. I got to enjoy the view and I made a point of it as I was paying extra for it!

The serenity of having something like that outside your window really gives a feeling for being on holidays. You could argue a city view would be just as good. It all comes down to personal preference.

Overall Thoughts

The question remains, is an ocean view room worth the extra cost considering how much time you’ll actually be looking out at it? I think it could be argued both ways.

What type of person are you? Ocean view all the way, or is it something that is just not worth it? Is a hotel a place to lay your head while away or part of the experience?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter. Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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