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Old 12-10-2017, 11:52 AM
 
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Fewer trips I take = save money, live better
That's not living better, that's boring lol. Save money, take more trips!
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Old 12-10-2017, 03:38 PM
 
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I would... cuz why sleep in a dump when you can sleep in a castle.


I like nice things. I want to be comfortable. I want a comfy bed. I want heat, a/c, wifi. I want to be able to order room service. I want to be able to swim in a pool. I am willing to pay more for those comforts.
Well, I checked. You won’t be swimming there. What a rip.

A lot of business travel isn’t simply overnight. My husband was gone for days. My nephew was gone for days. My dad, who died in 1981, was gone for days. Days on the road you want a nicer hotel, with a pool and sauna and exercise equipment to keep up you exercise routine.

Especially if your business is footing the bill. Don’t forget, there’s a lot of tax write off for businesses doing this.
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Old 12-10-2017, 06:58 PM
 
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Donít forget, thereís a lot of tax write off for businesses doing this.
As a business owner, I'd remind you that the tax write-off just means that the business doesn't pay tax on the income used to pay for your hotel. There is no additional savings.
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Old 12-11-2017, 04:40 PM
 
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Sorry, you can probably tell from the thread title that this is a bit of a rant.

I am a college professor and I usually go to 1-2 academic conferences per year. Usually the conferences negotiate "special" rates for the conference, but for one that I'm going to in late March 2018, it's still close to $200/night after you add in the 17% tax (it's in Indianapolis, which clearly has very high hotel taxes!). The sad thing is, I am coming to realize that that is actually a GOOD price for a hotel room!! (The conference rate is $164/night, but that's a bit over $190/night with the taxes.)

Trying to save a bit of money for my employer, I looked online for hotels close to the conference hotel (which is the J. W. Marriott downtown, not to be confused with about half a dozen OTHER Marriott hotels in the vicinity). The nearest hotel was something like $159/night plus taxes, which was not enough to make me go there since the conference hotel is $164/night. But at first, on a map I saw that the Westin in Indianapolis, just a few minutes' walk from the conference hotel, was $115/night. Yippee!!, I thought. But no, that was clearly an Internet error (and a GIGANTIC one!!). When I went to the hotel's site (the CHEAPEST site for its rooms), I saw that the rooms were actually around $400/NIGHT -- for a place to SLEEP!!

Maybe I am completely naive, but I was astonished at this. I guess business travelers pay this (since their corporations are actually paying)? That's the only thing I can think of as I try to understand how anyone in their right mind would spend $400/night on a place to SLEEP. And yes, I know I keep saying that, but seriously, for me that's all a hotel room IS -- a place to sleep. OK, I might watch a bit of ESPN on TV before falling asleep (especially if my favorite team is playing), but otherwise, I will mostly be OUT of the hotel room during the day.

Am I nuts to think that I should be able to get a decent room -- I mean, seriously, a place to SLEEP -- for, say, $150/night?!!
I agree with you. Trip Advisor and other such sites are good resources. But, as many posters have indicated with their answers, most people mistakenly believe you have to pay over $200 to get a safe, clean, nice, convenient hotel with a free breakfast that's excellent. I'm 52 and have traveled my whole life and have never paid over $200 for a room, yet always get all of those things. People just don't do proper research and why so many stay in debt.
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Old 12-12-2017, 02:11 AM
 
Location: Tulsa
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Was it free to lie on that mattress?

More important, what is so special about it??
I'm sort of sensitive, so the quality of mattress has a huge impact on my sleeping experience.

I don't have the luxury to sleep on a $20,000 mattress, but I can easily tell the difference between the mattress used in a 5-star luxury hotel and a budget hotel. I'm fine with a $2,000 mattress. The problem is, many budget hotels are reluctant to replace their worn out mattresses.
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Old 12-12-2017, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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I agree with you. Trip Advisor and other such sites are good resources. But, as many posters have indicated with their answers, most people mistakenly believe you have to pay over $200 to get a safe, clean, nice, convenient hotel with a free breakfast that's excellent. I'm 52 and have traveled my whole life and have never paid over $200 for a room, yet always get all of those things. People just don't do proper research and why so many stay in debt.
Ditto. When I really want something upscale, like say, a four star or better hotel in a large city, I use Priceline's "Name Your Own Price" feature and I have never paid over $200/night, even in cities like LA, Chicago, or Toronto. There are drawbacks, to be sure, such as it being non-refundable unless you buy trip insurance, which is only about $5/day, and have a very specific problem (death in the immediate family, injury, etc.), or you don't necessarily get the room with the greatest view, but in general I can say that I have saved probably thousands of dollars now using this tool. e.g., on a trip to Hilton Head a few years ago I paid $94/night for the Crowne Plaza beachfront resort when the advertised price for the same room was $195/night. We had a view of trees and a parking area, but so what? We didn't sit in our room and stare out the window, and we were only steps from the beach.

I can't even remember the last time I went to a hotel's website and paid the rack rate for a room, although I know that some people do this whenever they travel. To each their own, but why pay more for something when there are options?

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Priceline in any way and there have been a few times that I got burned by using NYOP because the hotel didn't match the expectations based on star level, but overall it has been a great thing and allowed us to stay in some very swanky properties that we would never have stayed at otherwise because I refuse to pay full price.
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Old 12-12-2017, 01:39 PM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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I imagine if you are someone making 100k a year, $400/night is nothing. That said, I'm a broke college student lol, so for me $400 would be an overall budget for like 10-15 days. I traveled to South America with 500 dollars before, and made those 500 dollars last for quite a while. Maybe when I'm older I will think nothing of paying $100+ for a hotel room, but at this moment I'm looking for destinations that are a good value
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Old 12-13-2017, 06:17 PM
 
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I imagine if you are someone making 100k a year, $400/night is nothing. That said, I'm a broke college student lol, so for me $400 would be an overall budget for like 10-15 days. I traveled to South America with 500 dollars before, and made those 500 dollars last for quite a while. Maybe when I'm older I will think nothing of paying $100+ for a hotel room, but at this moment I'm looking for destinations that are a good value
C'mon, at $100,000 a year ($70,000 after taxes, $200 a day), $400 a night is double what you make. Even at $300-500K a year, $400 a night is a decision you have to weigh carefully, but you can afford a week a year at that price. When you're not a broke college student, you'll have a more realistic idea of how much money you need to live at various levels of consumption.
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Old 12-13-2017, 06:32 PM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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C'mon, at $100,000 a year ($70,000 after taxes, $200 a day), $400 a night is double what you make. Even at $300-500K a year, $400 a night is a decision you have to weigh carefully, but you can afford a week a year at that price. When you're not a broke college student, you'll have a more realistic idea of how much money you need to live at various levels of consumption.
No definitely. When you're a broke college student and you get $400 in your bank account, it's like "wow". Personally I prefer cheap vacations staying at hostels, so I can't imagine spending $400 on a hotel anytime soon. In some parts of the world, $400 can comfortably last you two weeks, I'd rather travel to that sort of place instead
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Tulsa
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No definitely. When you're a broke college student and you get $400 in your bank account, it's like "wow". Personally I prefer cheap vacations staying at hostels, so I can't imagine spending $400 on a hotel anytime soon. In some parts of the world, $400 can comfortably last you two weeks, I'd rather travel to that sort of place instead
The only place I can live comfortably for two weeks on $400 is home.
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