I've never understood why, at fancy resorts in Hawai'i, the ocean-view rooms cost an additional arm and leg more than mountain-view rooms.
As a happy free-loading travel writer in Hawai'i, I was from time to time offered free rooms in resorts and hotels, and usually given a luscious ocean-view room. But sometimes, during busy seasons, when happy free-loading travel writers were barely tolerated, I was put in a room over the air-conditioning fans with a mountain view. Aside from the turbo-blowers, I couldn't have been happier.
The ocean is very beautiful and dramatic and a source of timeless poetic inspiration -- for about five minutes. Then it's just really big and flat and the direction from which the tsunami will come while you're sleeping.
I've always preferred the mountain view. Here there is character and history and solidity for those of us with floaty psyches in need of an anchor.
Which is one more reason I love my new home, Switzerland. Here hotel guests pay a premium for mountain-view rooms, though I suppose if a Swiss hotel ever opens with 700 floors, the ocean-view rooms on top will be fairly pricey.