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Posted: 10/16/2004 5:37:19 PM EST
What's the deal with the rates at hotels/motels as of late. Within the last couple of years the rates
at little rinky dink places like Holiday Inn Express and Best Western have jumped from what I believe was an average of about 50 bucks a night to well over a hundred bucks per night and inching toward the one fifty mark. It seems to me that every convenience store owner in the states has now expanded into the hospitality industry and now also owns the local motel chain of your choice.
There has been an explosion in the number of available rooms and an increasing room rate which flies in the face of supply and demand. Can you say price fixing?
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 5:39:31 PM EST
Don't forget that you can haggle. These rates are negotiable, always.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 5:41:44 PM EST
I just saved a whole lot of money by switching to Geico.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 5:51:43 PM EST
Just did a 3500 mile road trip.

Hotel rates vary greatly depending on location.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 5:52:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By pdxshooter:
Just did a 3500 mile road trip.

Hotel rates vary greatly depending on location.




+1 some exits you can get a room for $25
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 5:54:25 PM EST
I also recently just stayed at the Washington Hilton in D.C. for $200 A NIGHT, that bitch cost me $1000 plus 13% room tax!!!!!
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 5:55:14 PM EST
We stay at the Comfort Inn chain of hotels and we are enrolled in their plan so free nights come easy.
We have no problem paying $55.00 to $75.00 for a safe and secure place to get some rest and their chain and their many names all offer clean and nice locations. Indoor pools, hot tubs, weight rooms, saunas and great free breakfasts.
Never will we stay at low end motels that are run by Iraqis and such. Something is up when the shower heads are located at your belly button and you have people who live in some places full time.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 5:56:45 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/16/2004 5:57:25 PM EST by 2IDdoc]
Repub 18 You got robbed, you should have stayed in Bethesda at a nice European hotel for much less, with damn near the same access. Check out Bethesda court.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 5:57:42 PM EST

Originally Posted By 2IDdoc:
Repub 18 You got robbed, you should have stayed in Bethesda at a nice European hotel for much less, with damn near the same access. Check out Bethesda court.



who me
??
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 6:05:20 PM EST

Originally Posted By repub18:

Originally Posted By 2IDdoc:
Repub 18 You got robbed, you should have stayed in Bethesda at a nice European hotel for much less, with damn near the same access. Check out Bethesda court.



who me
??



Ya boss. Don't stay in DC next time if you are paying for it. Stay within metro distance. If you want specific hotel names and someone totalk to IM me. DC is too expensive.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 6:11:18 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/16/2004 6:13:52 PM EST by Lightning_P38]
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 6:14:46 PM EST
The cost of insurance, labor to run and maintain the place, and the cost of the original building, property taxes, etc. Also consider insufficient funds checks, and credit card fraud, and its an expensive business to be in.

PS, I can rent a decent room for $60 a night. I'm just sleeping there, I don't even need the pictures on the walls. I don't know why people pay all the money to spend a night in a fancy place.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 6:15:06 PM EST
Odd . . . was just discussing this . . . the rates you are paying at $100 + per night are for business travellers and those who do not care or are clueless. Holiday Inn Express is grossly expensive. I have stayed at Holiday Inns for less. If you are travelling cross country and do not know when you will stop you can stop at a rest area or welcom center and get one of the Hotel/Motel coupon books. Generally you can find something in the $40-$60 range at places like Days Inn, Holiday Inn, etc., while the pricing is extremely good (Howard Johnsons $120 a night room for $60).

It is risky because you can run into an area where a convention is going on and then you are really screwed (this happened in Huntsville, AL, once, ended up with a $30 room for $60) and have to hunt to find any room at all. If you can go on farther that night, it is not so bad.

Never give the SOB's their asking price if you can at all afford it.

BTW, Microtel SUCKS.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 6:29:50 PM EST

Originally Posted By 2IDdoc:

Originally Posted By repub18:

Originally Posted By 2IDdoc:
Repub 18 You got robbed, you should have stayed in Bethesda at a nice European hotel for much less, with damn near the same access. Check out Bethesda court.



who me
??



Ya boss. Don't stay in DC next time if you are paying for it. Stay within metro distance. If you want specific hotel names and someone totalk to IM me. DC is too expensive.




well it was a very nice hotel and a NICE room and didnt really mind paying that much for being to close to everything
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 6:31:46 PM EST

Originally Posted By repub18:
I also recently just stayed at the Washington Hilton in D.C. for $200 A NIGHT, that bitch cost me $1000 plus 13% room tax!!!!!




$200 a night for the Washington Hilton is not bad at all - I think their rack rate is something like $350 or $400 a night. That hotel has a pretty good location.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 6:32:12 PM EST
I am not a big fan of Motel 6 since they are a French owned outfit but, I used to stay there before I knew any better. For instance: I have been running back and forth to the border towns for a three day weekend since my college days from which I graduated in 1982. For years you could find a Motel 6 room in Laredo for cheap - about 19 bux a night. Fast forward to my last trip about six weeks ago and I was doing good to find a room anywhere in the city for less than 80 bux and there were a lot of vacancies and they were not willing to haggle on pricing.
My last trip to New Orleans without any big conventions in town cost 100 per night in the area around Harrah's Casino and that was the cheapest room available on the internet or through a travel agent.
The Doubletree Hotel which is an aging group of higher end hotels wanted 150 per night to start and I believe the rates went up from there. I think I have a mental block after hearing what the Hilton in N.O. wanted for a nights stay. There are no shortages of rooms in either of these towns, btw.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 6:33:45 PM EST
room rates vary way too much
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 7:36:21 PM EST
Hampton Inn is my current favorite.

Knoxville last night was $84, with a convention in town and few rooms to be found.

Atlanta tonight was $75. Got one of the two rooms vacant, jacuzzi tub, fridge, microwave, wet bar, 97 channels on the TV - and it has a good picture. Rack rate on this room supposedly is $150.

Orlando/Kissimmee is $59 with all the above goodies.

Best yet, most all of them offer high-speed wireless access at no additional cost. They even provide a cool padded 'lap-desk' for your computer.
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