This $6,000-a-night fairytale hotel suite ruined budget travel for me

I’m usually a budget traveler because, historically, I had to be if I wanted to see the world.

Until recently, I didn’t understand the allure of high-end accommodations and scoffed at people who paid thousands a night for hotel rooms. “Why would anyone spend that?” I wondered, rationalizing my frugality with the thought that, for one night’s stay at some luxury properties, I could fund an entire weeklong vacation.

Frankly, I didn’t know what I was missing. Cue The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel, in Manhattan’s Financial District. (Thompson Hotels are part of World of Hyatt’s footprint.)