Have you ever planned a weekend getaway or a mini-vacation and thought, "You know what? We're just gonna splurge this one time and then deal with it later."

Sometimes you just owe yourself a treat. Of course "treats" are relative, and, in this context, they can be very expensive. Let's say you've decided that splurge will come in the form of a swank, expensive hotel. If you want to stay in Kentucky, have I got the digs for you.


I've only had one experience with the Omni brand in my lifetime, and I will confess that I did not pay for it. But it was 1975 and I was a kid. My family was in Atlanta for the International Kiwanis Convention; my dad was a member. It was held at the Omni, and all us kids--who had little else to do--just rode the glass elevators all day long.

I supposed I could drive to Louisville and have ANOTHER Omni experience, but it wouldn't amount to much more than walking in the lobby and looking around.

When I searched for the "most expensive hotel in Kentucky," the Omni Louisville Hotel was the first one that came up. I don't know how certain it is that this IS the swankiest joint in the Commonwealth, but with most rooms I found being in the $699 range--and one is $719 per night--who am I to argue?

But why is it so expensive? Maybe this room tour will provide some insight:

And let's not forget the amenities:

Yes, it's extraordinary, and no, the cost has not been a deterrent. The thing is, the price of hotel stays at places like the Omni never is. And hotels that charge that much DO go the extra SEVERAL miles to make sure your experience is the best it can possibly be. I've been fortunate to have been invited on OTHER expensed trips like the one I mentioned above, and I've always been treated like a king at every one of them.

Does this mean I'm going to fork over a house payment for a weekend? (Actually, that would be close to $1500.)

The answer would be a polite "no."

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