thanks - yes I did. They were reluctant at the time to offer me anything. I couldn't offer the kind of nights they like to see to offer a deal. Maybe I will try again. Nonetheless, it amazes me that they would be in a position to raise rates at this time. Especially when there is a brand new Hilton just down the road 2 exits and it is now about 30% less per night.
Can you give the hotel a guarantee of nights for the year and days that you'll be staying. Sunday and Thursday nights seem to be more reasonable and if your schedule permits maybe they will bend a little.
Larger hotels have comparison rates done for them by third parties and they do not want to be out front of or behind rate changes. Must be a sign that the economy (or at least the cost of a room) is moving upward again?
I know that business hotels are begging (sometimes) for folks to stay those particular nights, and that in some cases they will accommodate special rate requests.
In their view and mine too, it is better to have a room occupied at less than rack rate than not occupied at all. There is a cost for every room, occupied or not, and the objective is to reduce unoccupied rooms whenever possible.
Thanks Shoeman, there was an hour long show on the California PBS stations -- California Gold, that for the first time went inside the In'N'Out company and told their "secrets" such as good customer service, a fine product and continuous improvement. Stacy Perman of Business Week also did an excellent unauthorized story about them.
"Marriott prices are going up too! I just went to book a room in May at a Marriott I stay at every week. The rate is up 20%!!"
Shoeman - With site challenges, defects and online experiences failing expectations for more than 45 days now, this article although relevant never got posted: Marriott International Grows, Rates Drop, and Guests Return in 2010
Low supply and increased demand will drive rates upwards, but a 20% rise compared to forecasts of 5% suggests that you booked in a very active market area. Is the 20% spike due to the upcoming Memorial Day holiday?
TJC - you broke the code, sort of. It's up the road from you, Stamford Connecticut It has a large built in business with UBS out of town personell. The Hilton cut me a rate of $169,was but $185 was the best I could get from Marriott. I stayed with Marriott out of loyalty, but now the rate has increased to $219 and Hilton is still $169. The Hilton property used to be a Westin and is very nice. The Marriott property is old, but redone. still needs more work.