I haven't read all the replies, but here is my 2 cents worth: make a decision that you will make this trip as cost effective as possible OR decide that you deserve a treat. And take it from there. You will never be able to justify the cost of the YC - don't even bother trying. It's expensive as heck, plain and simple. But there is nothing wrong in treating yourself a little, once in a while. You don't have to justify the cost to anyone but yourself, and if you feel you've earned the right to pamper yourself a little - do it!!! Having said that - be prepared for the outcome. You will never, ever, ever want to stay in a value or moderate hotel again! Staying at the YC or BW or BC is AWESOME!!!