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Old 01-28-19, 05:30 AM
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Originally Posted by GP View Post
I like Motel 6 too. They're usually pretty clean.
When we were last in the US, in 2012, it was either Motel 6 or Super 8 that was following in the tradition of IBIS hotels and putting down woodgrain-look vinyl flooring and going with all white bedding.

I was impressed.

Just about every other motel we stayed in still had the 40-year old patterned stained carpet, pattered and coloured bedspreads, and those utterly horrible blankets.

Have most Motel 6's gone with the hard flooring and white bedding?
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Old 01-28-19, 06:47 AM
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Have most Motel 6's gone with the hard flooring and white bedding?
I stayed in two during my aborted tour in PA last September. Both had new-looking hard flooring and white sheets. The rooms were actually nice.

As for the OP's question, $150 a night in popular tourist destinations during high season is not expensive. When I finished my 2017 tour in MT and ID I stayed indoors before my early flight the next morning. A room close to the Missoula airport was something like $120 before tax a few days before the July 4th holiday. If you want to do the trip you pay the price. Stop agonizing about it.
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Old 01-28-19, 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
What's a vacation?
First this. ^^ And second, as I can remember, the least amount of time possible. My philosophy is that the hotel room is the place for 1) personal hygiene, 2) to store your luggage and 3) sleep. One reason why I don't believe in paying a lot for a hotel room. Just enough that is safe and not in a raunchy neighborhood.

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Perhaps it all comes down to whether you consider the hotel itself "the vacation destination," or merely a "place to sleep and get clean while you are away from home."

To some folks, a hotel is a resort, and it IS the destination, and should provide the entertainment, resources, etc to fulfill their vacation vision.

To others, the vacation is the city, the beach, the mountain... the location to which they have traveled, and the hotel is merely a bed and bath, with a locking door.

Certainly this also how different hotels are marketed... some being "all inclusive resorts," while others simply offer to "keep the light on" for you.
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Back in the day, someone here asked where he should go for his three week vacation and we all were saying "come to my state!" He ended up driving across the US and staying at different members homes each night. The person sponsoring would feed him at home, take him on his favorite ride in the area and the visitor would buy lunch or dinner, then sleep on the couch. Wake up and drive to the next person's place. It worked out really good and all he had to do was buy a meal and gas. And he got to see several states and meet the BF members he's been on here with all this time.

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Personally I hate the nickle and diming but the expedias of the world have forced the hand. With the cheap rates being the only measurement to get guests in, those extras have to be recovered somewhere.
I am surprised that it is the more expensive places that charge for wifi. They also charge for parking, but I am used to that because the only expensive places I've stayed at are in cities where parking is super limited.

In answer to the OP, we always try to keep it under a c-note but if we can do that we might get 2 of them (one for the kids). If we cannot, we all pile into the one room. I don't think we have ever cracked $300.

When I am traveling solo, either for fun or work, I go bottom dollar, roaches and tweakers be damned. Have never encountered bedbugs though that might change my view.
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I am surprised that it is the more expensive places that charge for wifi. They also charge for parking, but I am used to that because the only expensive places I've stayed at are in cities where parking is super limited.
This is a bigger question. Wifi is generally easy to explain, although people don't necessarily care. Small 100 room hotel made of mostly wood - wifi costs 25k max to install. Large resort 4 star Westin with concrete, kitchens and fireplaces 4x the size, so 400 rooms - cost $500,000 to install. That ratio kind of holds true as you scale bigger.

25 room hotel - 5k
100 room hotel - 25k
400 room hotel - 500k
800 room hotel - 1 million
etc etc...

Parking is an animal that most people don't want to hear the politics. However.... in large city centre hotels the "owner" of the property (real estate) builds a multi room building such as a hotel, and hires a hotel management company to flag (Marriott) and manage it (Interstate hotels).

The Parking is then flagged and managed separately (ABC Parking company) creating two streams of revenue for the real estate owner/developer. In most big cities/resorts the hotel itself can't or doesn't manage the parking which is why they also can't discount it. This gets further complicated when you have a strata organization where there are sub pockets of owners paying for rooms for example.

In both cases, honestly the customer remains pissed. Rich or average or poor, no one likes to pay for these things. Red Roof inn is an owner manager type company so the customer gets the discounts of not having to worry about parking, strata or franchise fees. Any savings gets recognized by the customer. Heck the owner of red roof inn, I believe, owns the whole supply chain for structural installs since he started the hotel business to keep his wood working factory employed.
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post

When I am traveling solo, either for fun or work, I go bottom dollar, roaches and tweakers be damned. Have never encountered bedbugs though that might change my view.
and PS, bed bugs suck... be happy you haven't gotten them yet.
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Originally Posted by Maelstrom View Post
This is a bigger question. Wifi is generally easy to explain, although people don't necessarily care. Small 100 room hotel made of mostly wood - wifi costs 25k max to install. Large resort 4 star Westin with concrete, kitchens and fireplaces 4x the size, so 400 rooms - cost $500,000 to install. That ratio kind of holds true as you scale bigger.

25 room hotel - 5k
100 room hotel - 25k
400 room hotel - 500k
800 room hotel - 1 million
etc etc...

Parking is an animal that most people don't want to hear the politics. However.... in large city centre hotels the "owner" of the property (real estate) builds a multi room building such as a hotel, and hires a hotel management company to flag (Marriott) and manage it (Interstate hotels).

The Parking is then flagged and managed separately (ABC Parking company) creating two streams of revenue for the real estate owner/developer. In most big cities/resorts the hotel itself can't or doesn't manage the parking which is why they also can't discount it. This gets further complicated when you have a strata organization where there are sub pockets of owners paying for rooms for example.

In both cases, honestly the customer remains pissed. Rich or average or poor, no one likes to pay for these things. Red Roof inn is an owner manager type company so the customer gets the discounts of not having to worry about parking, strata or franchise fees. Any savings gets recognized by the customer. Heck the owner of red roof inn, I believe, owns the whole supply chain for structural installs since he started the hotel business to keep his wood working factory employed.
Nobody like to hear about a cheap room then get nickle and dime into an equally expensive rate. As to installation, that's the cost of doing business. At this point, basic wifi shouldn't be an extra expense at this point unless you opt for a high-speed alternative.
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