This article about romantic hotels reminded me of my method of sampling luxury hotels without paying the expensive rates to stay overnight.

It’s simple: when your ship is in port, go to the finest hotel in town and have lunch at their restaurant or a drink in the bar. Then wander around confident that you are a “guest” and you belong there.

Here are a few of the hotels I have visited this way:

Amankila in Bali

Caneel Bay in St. John, USVI:

The Ritz in Lisbon:

Raffles Hotel in Singapore:

Don’t be afraid to walk into a wonderful, famous hotel and have a look around. For the price of a drink, you can be a part of it. And it feels fantastic!

"How to Pretend You’re a Millionaire" by was published on May 4th, 2008 and is listed in Cruise Tips, Cruise Vacations.

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Comments on "How to Pretend You’re a Millionaire": 2 Comments

  1. Nadine wrote,

    I had a friend visit NYC and stay in a hotel on Fifth Avenue. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to just walk in and sit down to wait for her. Nobody asked me any questions. I went to the ladies room, walked around the lobby for about 30 minutes before she returned. I’ve lived in NYC all my life and never would’ve believed it was that easy.

  2. Julie wrote,

    Thanks for stopping by Nadine!

    Great point about how you don’t even have to be away on a vacation to enjoy wondering around elegant hotels!

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