I decided to go down to Portland with a friend for a couple of nights. On a lark, I decided to book a hotel room through my Amex’s site. I chose the Kimpton Monaco Portland.

And with that, I’ve been forever spoiled.

It wasn’t really more expensive than hotels I’ve stayed at in the past. Honestly, I’ve spent this much on last-minute stays on my trip in the spring in Utah.

Except there I didn’t get a complimentary bottle of wine, a room upgrade to a suite on the top floor, and a $75 credit to spend on frivolities like room service. And a personal note from the hotel… there’s something about being made to feel special that is an amazing experience.

To say I’m thrilled is understating things.  :-)