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Old 01-06-2018, 08:14 PM
 
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Maybe this is one of the reasons why I prefer to travel internationally.

Many good hotels I can stay overseas for decent prices, cheaper than even something like Best Western or Travelodge in the U.S.

Hotels can be a significant part of the travel budget.
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Old 01-06-2018, 08:31 PM
 
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I guess "nice" is relative but we've found that right around $200 /night opens up tons of options in NYC that have good locations and good reviews.
Look in Financial District on a weekend. You will find good hotels near subways for under $200.
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Old 01-08-2018, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I've been considering different summer vacation plans, and would like to tell the rest of the thread that the Hampton Inn-Jackson Hole summer room rate seems to be $377+ tax.

Thinking that the limited service properties in Moab going for $200+ a night might not be so overpriced after all. (Our baseline is no camping, and hotel must have interior corridors so cheap options are limited there)
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Old 01-08-2018, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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If I wanted to splurge, then I would stay at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York City. Quite a view.

But I think it costs more than $400 per night. Pretty sure it does.
LOL, my version of Heaven is the Mandarin Oriental in Paris. It's coming in at 1,000 a night.

They have an apartment you can rent for 17K a night. There's a lot of wealth out there guys.
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Old 01-09-2018, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Mt. Lebanon
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Try staying in an Airbnb. It's way nicer than a hotel and very affordable. And there are hosts who specialize in business travel.
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Old 01-19-2018, 07:59 AM
 
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Maybe this is one of the reasons why I prefer to travel internationally.

Many good hotels I can stay overseas for decent prices, cheaper than even something like Best Western or Travelodge in the U.S.

Hotels can be a significant part of the travel budget.
Same.

Iíve gone to places like San Antonio and Saint Louis very recently and couldnít believe the price of hotels there. I couldnít be flexible in my stay or location on either trip, so that was a factor, but all I could remember thinking was how it was so much cheaper staying overseas or Mexico for similar accommodations or better.

One thing about overseas hotels that I like is that many will give you a discounted rate when youíre a single occupant. That doesnít happen in the US.
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Old 01-19-2018, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I have, but only as a last resort.
Once in Manhattan and once in Amsterdam.

The other time in was in Colombia and Mexico and they were rooms high end All Inculsive Resorts which was worth it in both cases.

I try to not spent that much on hotel rooms when possible.
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Old 01-19-2018, 01:20 PM
 
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Same.

Iíve gone to places like San Antonio and Saint Louis very recently and couldnít believe the price of hotels there. I couldnít be flexible in my stay or location on either trip, so that was a factor, but all I could remember thinking was how it was so much cheaper staying overseas or Mexico for similar accommodations or better.

One thing about overseas hotels that I like is that many will give you a discounted rate when youíre a single occupant. That doesnít happen in the US.
Yup.

And you get way more value for your room than you would for the same price in the US.

Only reasonable priced rooms in many US cities close to the action are dumps like Motel 6.
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Old 01-19-2018, 10:37 PM
 
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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 don't think so. In Japan you can usually get a single room which is about five feet wide with a single bed. A clean comfortable bed where you are not going to have sex or share it with someone.


Some of us would rather have the money than a 300 sq ft room for hundreds of dollars.
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Old 01-25-2018, 10:36 AM
 
Location: New Mexico via Ohio via Indiana
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Because sometimes you are paying for the whole experience and not treating it as a bed and shower like at a Days Inn. If I could stay at the Waldorf Astoria, or the Chateau Marmont, or another historic bucket list hotel, getting pampered and tipping everyone, it would be awesome. And I am WAY cheap when it comes to hotels normally, IF it's just for a shower and a place to crash. Part of all of this is the EXPERIENCE, especially in a conference in a new place. Get out there with your colleagues and enjoy. A conference (and I've done many) is just that, an experience. It's not the same as driving until you're tired and finding a cheap $35 room at 2 AM.
Stayed midweek at a upgraded room at the Bellagio once......closest I came to a $400 room. The fact that I remember it a decade later and remember the incredible bed and even more incredible tub, and that I don't miss the $400 from 10 years ago, made it all worth it.
OP, you're a college professor. It's nice that you have frugal tastes and that will serve you well, but for conferences and professional outings, it sounds like you need to step it up and "stay and spend" on places and things more befitting your edjamakashun and position. Hopefully you don't also dress in jeans and t-shirts to teach in, just because suits and jackets and ties "are a waste of money."
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