U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Travel
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 04-28-2014, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
3,402 posts, read 4,448,583 times
Reputation: 4409

Advertisements

What places have you travelled to that had the most cost-effective accommodation? The best deal you've had on a hotel? Room? Bed in a dorm? Mattress on a floor?

Some countries have a very favourable exchange rate to where you're coming from. However, sometimes lodging competition is nil and therefor represents a higher cost compared to other aspects and isn't necessarily cheap, while a crowded and expensive location yields more budget options. Or maybe you visited somewhere both expensive and sparse but ran in to some great luck somehow. Tell us about your experiences.

In 2012 I rented a private room in Barcelona through AirBnB for two nights at around $12/night I believe. This was right off the Olympic Village. There was some confusion about my staying there at first; the owner was stuck at work while his roomate had no idea that he was renting out a room. When I finally met this person he felt bad enough let me stay a third night free on a mattress on the floor.

Later in 2012 I rented a room in Matagalpa, Nicaragua at a hotel I forget the name of. It was very pleasant at $15/night. It was very clean and tidy, with a private bathroom with a heated shower, a desk, and television.


I will be heading to India next month where I'm sure the value should be quite good in some scenarios. Not to mention I am gracious for all the Couchsurfing hosts I've had who have given me amazing experiences and comfortable rooms for literally no money at all.

Last edited by Jesse44; 04-28-2014 at 06:13 AM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 04-28-2014, 06:00 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
38,019 posts, read 55,801,278 times
Reputation: 89787
All I care is a quiet, clean room, with a clean bath, in a safe area, with a parking and fairly close or accessible to major transportation/roadways. Cooled or heated if needed. Phone would be nice, and window appreciated.
I really don't care about any extra luxuries, because I am not spending there my time, nor want to stay in bed, watch TV, eat breakfast in bed, have sauna experience in the bathroom, or room service. I don't need a hair dryer, bathrobe and slippers, coffee machine or mini bar. I usually have all what I need with me. I want to have a good night rest and nothing more.
I think that spending extra $$$ on king suites with all the lavish service is silly and waste of money. That would only apply if I were going to a spa resort for treatments, massages, and pampering (which I am not planning to do, nor care for)
__________________
.
"No Copyrighted Material"
Moderated forums:
World, Europe, Texas, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Lubbock, Tyler, Houston, San Antonio, Tallahassee, Macon, Duluth, Fish, Home Interior Design and Decorating, Science and Technology Forums
.

Need help? Click on this: >>> ToS, Mod List, Rules & FAQ's, Guide, CD Home page, How to Search
Realtors are welcome here but do see our Realtor Advice to avoid infractions.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-28-2014, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
3,402 posts, read 4,448,583 times
Reputation: 4409
Quote:
Originally Posted by elnina View Post
All I care is a quiet, clean room, with a clean bath, in a safe area, with a parking and fairly close or accessible to major transportation/roadways. Cooled or heated if needed. Phone would be nice, and window appreciated.
I really don't care about any extra luxuries, because I am not spending there my time, nor want to stay in bed, watch TV, eat breakfast in bed, have sauna experience in the bathroom, or room service. I don't need a hair dryer, bathrobe and slippers, coffee machine or mini bar. I usually have all what I need with me. I want to have a good night rest and nothing more.
I think that spending extra $$$ on king suites with all the lavish service is silly and waste of money. That would only apply if I were going to a spa resort for treatments, massages, and pampering (which I am not planning to do, nor care for)
I agree about not needing or seeking things like that too, I just meant overall, what the perceived best value one has experienced domestically or abroad. Some might consider playing golf on the roof of a 400$/night hotel good value, while others might appreciate a shared yurt or something like that.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-28-2014, 06:12 AM
 
32,089 posts, read 32,994,562 times
Reputation: 14956
I have had good value hotel rooms in China.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-28-2014, 06:24 AM
 
37 posts, read 73,443 times
Reputation: 23
I concur about not requiring or looking for things like that excessively, I simply implied generally, what the apparent best esteem one has encountered locally or abroad. Some should think about playing golf on the top of a 400$/night lodging great quality, while others may like an imparted yurt or something to that effect
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-28-2014, 06:54 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
22,608 posts, read 39,974,527 times
Reputation: 23749
been traveling for 25 + yrs for $10 / night worldwide (Hospitality Guest homes)

My work has placed me in fine hotels and keeps me at gold and platinum in several nice international chains.

I really prefer Westin / four seasons / shangri la, if it has to be a hotel... but am quite happy in any of the thousands of excellent guest homes that have welcomed me. Some were exquisite beach homes, some penthouse style apartments in major cities of the world, some were the kid's room in a small apartment, In any case the stays were a precious way to learn about other people, cultures, and communities.

I will be quite content to never stay another night in a hotel. (In a very nice one tonight with the 30th flr view of the harbor, and will be greeted by a great sunrise and open air buffet breakfast on the patio). but... this too will pass, and I will be back on the streets and under bridges trying to pay for Healthcare. (Currently $1700USD / month with $20k annual 'out-of-pocket' deductible)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-28-2014, 07:03 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
38,019 posts, read 55,801,278 times
Reputation: 89787
I usually stay in Ibis hotels when traveling to Europe. They are fancier than I need, but consistent with service, and have a strong network. I don't know any other/cheaper alternative except Hostels, but I heard a lots of good about them.
__________________
.
"No Copyrighted Material"
Moderated forums:
World, Europe, Texas, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Lubbock, Tyler, Houston, San Antonio, Tallahassee, Macon, Duluth, Fish, Home Interior Design and Decorating, Science and Technology Forums
.

Need help? Click on this: >>> ToS, Mod List, Rules & FAQ's, Guide, CD Home page, How to Search
Realtors are welcome here but do see our Realtor Advice to avoid infractions.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-28-2014, 08:32 AM
 
14,260 posts, read 24,000,210 times
Reputation: 20081
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jesse44 View Post
What places have you travelled to that had the most cost-effective accommodation? The best deal you've had on a hotel? Room? Bed in a dorm? Mattress on a floor?

I spent C$40 a week in 1980 to stay at the student accommodations at the University of Montreal. The rooms were spartan dorm rooms but linens were provided. The staff was a little less than welcoming but at that price, that was NOT a big issue.

I spent about C$20 a night at the Carleton University in Ottawa. That was a better deal than it looked like as the rooms were quite nice and carpeted. The building was air conditioned and a large buffet breakfast was included with the rate. A dinner buffet was available at C$6.50.

Then there were frequent stays at the University of Windsor for C$30 a night 1995-2000. Spartan rooms but 15 minutes from DT Detroit and rooms available on baseball weekends.

Also, made several stays to the Neill Wycik Residence at the Ryerson Institute of Technology in DT Toronto. It was NOT the best experience as depending on the time of year, you might get to meet every working girl in Toronto.



I have done numerous hotels in the $15-25 range. Most of been in casino properties in Nevada at off-peak times of the year
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-28-2014, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
3,402 posts, read 4,448,583 times
Reputation: 4409
Quote:
Originally Posted by jlawrence01 View Post
I spent C$40 a week in 1980 to stay at the student accommodations at the University of Montreal. The rooms were spartan dorm rooms but linens were provided. The staff was a little less than welcoming but at that price, that was NOT a big issue.

I spent about C$20 a night at the Carleton University in Ottawa. That was a better deal than it looked like as the rooms were quite nice and carpeted. The building was air conditioned and a large buffet breakfast was included with the rate. A dinner buffet was available at C$6.50.
Nice. That reminds me that last summer I rented a room for my girlfriend and I at the U of Ottawa. You're supposed to pay more for a double room if you are with someone, so I just booked for myself and then she walked through the front doors a few minutes after me. I think it was between $28-30 . So it worked out to basically 15 per person that night.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-28-2014, 10:30 AM
 
1,971 posts, read 2,492,315 times
Reputation: 2170
I thought the places I stayed in Australia at a weekly rate were a surprisingly decent value, if rented by the week. It seemed like I could find a better deal offline than on airbnb, though. Another place I was surprised by low prices was older hotels in South Lake Tahoe. The hotels were not good quality, but they were very inexpensive considering the impressive setting.

In general I've found accommodations in "flyover country" in the USA to be the worst value. When I drive cross country I'm always disappointed by how much hotels in the middle of nowhere cost. Except for South Dakota - hotels there were super cheap.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Travel
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top