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Old 04-21-2019, 10:02 PM
 
Location: South Australia
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Nope, especially on road trips I fuel up whenever the tank gets close to the halfway point.

BTW I find your post offensive.
Certainly patronising, but understandable. An strong impression of immaturity comes across.
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Old 04-22-2019, 02:19 AM
 
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We live in world where a simple google maps app can point you in the direction of the nearest 20 hotels.

Is the OP really complaining that 1 of those hotels was fully booked?

Boy, you guys would've never made it in the old days.
Not enough rooms. Not enough floors. And he's not in the hotel business. This thread has had me giggling! And I suspect the OP thinks it's funny as well. Now please excuse me while I invest in a Manhattan style skyscraper in Duluth. That gives out coupons.
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Old 04-22-2019, 05:45 AM
 
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I also have modest standards for road trips- a clean, quiet room, preferably a decent breakfast and a good gym or pool. Rather than rely on coupons or even intermediary sites such as Orbitz, I now prefer to book with the hotel directly (even though they send you to the 800 number in most cases, not the hotel itself, which I find annoying).

What turned me off from using an intermediary was the time DH and I were passing through Paducah, KY on the way to a family gathering and decided to spend the night there and attend the annual Quilt Show before heading out. As he drove, I got on Orbitz from my phone and made a reservation at a Fairfield. We got there and they looked a little frantic- they'd been trying to reach me. Marriott had already released that last room to someone else and the Orbitz system hadn't picked it up so I got a "reservation" that wasn't really a reservation. (The Quilt Show is a Big Thing in Paducah. People come in buses from Canada.) We ended up driving another hour to another Fairfield.

DH is gone now and I do these road trips by myself. I've got a routine that works pretty well- about 4-5 hours before I'm ready to get off the road for the night I figure out which of the main hotel areas I'll be near (they seem to spring up where interstates and other major arteries cross), do a search on Orbitz, pick one and then book directly with the hotel chain, using an AAA discount if it's available. I know I pay extra for loyalty points and convenience, but it's worth it.
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Old 04-22-2019, 06:26 AM
 
Location: SW France
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I sometimes take big long road trips and there are few things as frustrating as trying to check into a hotel room late at night, after a long day of driving, and being told they're out of rooms. For that reason, if you ask me hotels should build more floors and more rooms. Just like some of the super tall skyscrapers in NYC that's what hotels should be like. The 432 Park Avenue building in Manhattan is an excellent example. The 432 Park Avenue building which is the tallest residential building in the world and the second tallest building in NYC after the One World Trade Center is what all hotels should be like, that way they will most likely never run out of rooms.

432 Park Avenue is a blot on the landscape, and was constructed on the site of a Frank Lloyd Wright building, which got knocked down once they applied for listed status.

Suffice to say I'm not a fan.
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Old 04-22-2019, 07:04 AM
 
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I sometimes take big long road trips and there are few things as frustrating as trying to check into a hotel room late at night, after a long day of driving, and being told they're out of rooms. For that reason, if you ask me hotels should build more floors and more rooms. Just like some of the super tall skyscrapers in NYC that's what hotels should be like. The 432 Park Avenue building in Manhattan is an excellent example. The 432 Park Avenue building which is the tallest residential building in the world and the second tallest building in NYC after the One World Trade Center is what all hotels should be like, that way they will most likely never run out of rooms.
I have to assume you are kidding.
Imagine 432 Park Ave in Kanab Utah.
I think a better idea would be to have instant modular hotel rooms where they can immediately add a new one when you approach.
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Old 04-22-2019, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Columbia MO
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OP, I suggest using an app called Hotel Tonight to find vacancies in your location.
I'm a big fan of Hotel Tonight, because Mme. Cyrano and I like an element of spontaneity in our road trips, especially for interim stops. We'll typically stop for dinner and, while there, I'll do a Hotel Tonight search for the appropriate location. There's almost always something, and even if it's not much lower than rack rate, it fits our travels well. Sometimes, there'll be a jewel or a rip-roaring bargain, which is part of the fun, the chance element of it.
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Old 04-22-2019, 09:44 AM
 
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I'm a big fan of Hotel Tonight, because Mme. Cyrano and I like an element of spontaneity in our road trips, especially for interim stops. We'll typically stop for dinner and, while there, I'll do a Hotel Tonight search for the appropriate location. There's almost always something, and even if it's not much lower than rack rate, it fits our travels well. Sometimes, there'll be a jewel or a rip-roaring bargain, which is part of the fun, the chance element of it.
Alright I will look into that, although I usually don't stop for dinner I get food to go and eat on the road.
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Old 04-22-2019, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I also have modest standards for road trips- a clean, quiet room, preferably a decent breakfast and a good gym or pool. Rather than rely on coupons or even intermediary sites such as Orbitz, I now prefer to book with the hotel directly (even though they send you to the 800 number in most cases, not the hotel itself, which I find annoying).
Why not use a hotel's app? Especially if you use the same chain. Much easier than calling an 800 number. If you want the number of a specific hotel go to their facebook page. I find that most hotels associated with a chain have their own individual facebook page, complete with the local number.
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Old 04-22-2019, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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The chain-specific hotel apps are also likely to nicely to display discount rates for AAA, AARP, etc. when you use them to search.
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Old 04-22-2019, 11:43 AM
 
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Alright I will look into that, although I usually don't stop for dinner I get food to go and eat on the road.
As someone who potentially has to share the road with you, please don't do that. Cell phones aren't the only things that distract drivers.
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