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Old 04-18-2019, 11:17 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.
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Old 04-18-2019, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Herndon, VA
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Ya, because if there's one thing hotel chains love is to have tons of unused capacity for travelers that don't plan their vacations.
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Old 04-18-2019, 11:35 AM
 
Location: San Josť, CA
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Call ahead? Book online? Who stops at a hotel without a reservation these days?
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Old 04-18-2019, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Herndon, VA
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Call ahead? Book online? Who stops at a hotel without a reservation these days?
Right, it's like the OP is living in the 60s still.
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Old 04-18-2019, 11:39 AM
 
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Ya, because if there's one thing hotel chains love is to have tons of unused capacity for travelers that don't plan their vacations.
Im not talking about vacations Im talking about traveling.
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Old 04-18-2019, 11:41 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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The one and only time I couldn't get a room for the night (overbooked with a late arrival) the hotel was more than happy to find me a nearby hotel that still had rooms available. Don't see this as a problem.
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Old 04-18-2019, 11:42 AM
 
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Call ahead? Book online? Who stops at a hotel without a reservation these days?
Often when you're on the road, from my experience, you don't know just how far you will drive before you stop so you have to improvise. To give you an idea of how much I travel, I've got a car that I got brand new back in mid 2014 and by now I've put on over a quarter million miles on it.

Also, you can sometimes get really good discounts on rooms with coupon books that you find at rest stops, such coupons however are only good for walk ins, not for booking ahead.
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Old 04-18-2019, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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When I travel I book that night's room before about 2 pm. By then I will have determined how far I'll make it. I use smart phone apps to make my reservation. Never had a problem doing it that way. Just be aware of holidays and special events.
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Old 04-18-2019, 11:57 AM
 
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Using a coupon on the rack rate is still usually more expensive than other options.

And by booking ahead, you don't run the risk of wasting your time by getting to a hotel and finding out that they are at capacity.

If all hotels were skyscrapers, they would have difficulty booking enough rooms to keep costs down. That means you'll end up paying exponentially more.
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Old 04-18-2019, 12:20 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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No. If there is a demand for more, they will build another hotel. But if they have usually plenty of free rooms, then there isn't a need to add more.
Yes, plan ahead...
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