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Hotels are expensive

  1. Jul 10, 2006 #1

    Pengwuino

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    I was wondering something... why are hotels so expensive compared to condos? I'm checking out places in Vancouver for a vacation next month and its ridiculous. Oh $1000/week for this nicely furnished 600sq foot hotel room over here... or $750/week for this nicely furnished 1200sq condo that in some cases, is a freaken house. Honestly... is it because its a guaranteed weekly stay? Is it because you don't have to really hire that many people to take care of a group of condos vs. hotel staff?

    Get out of my thread yomamma, im warning you.
     
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  3. Jul 10, 2006 #2

    wolram

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    Just rent the pool :smile:
     
  4. Jul 10, 2006 #3

    Kurdt

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    You're paying for the service at a hotel more than anything else.
     
  5. Jul 10, 2006 #4

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    Likely - the condos don't have the overhead of that hotels have.

    Is that Vancouver, BC or Vancouer, WA? If BC, is that Canadian dollars?

    Cheapest hotel in Vancouver BC is $99/night (near the airport) and the most expensive is about $300/night (downtown) - for a 6 day stay.

    I went to a conference that had hotel rooms at $129/night, but I found a nearby hotel for $59/night, so I stayed there.

    In Washington, DC, the rooms at one hotel were $189/night, but I found one at $129/night.

    In NY - a typical hotel room in midtown Manhattan might go for $200-$300/night, and similary in Tokyo, Osaka, London, Moscow . . . .

    All major cities have expensive hotel rooms. Of course, one can find cheaper ones with commensurate quality.

    Try hotels.com

    Or just pitch a tent in a nearby park.
     
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    Hey Astro,

    The parking that day came to $28 :mad: for only 4 hours!
     
  7. Jul 10, 2006 #6

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    Yeah, well it was near the Whitehouse!

    I think the hotel said $17/day.

    That's one reason I didn't drive, but took the train instead. :biggrin:
     
  8. Jul 10, 2006 #7

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    With a condo, they usually only clean and set it up for you between guests. Once you're there, there's no daily changing/washing of the sheets/towels, no replenishment of toiletries (if they provide any at all), no room service (not even a restaurant...you have your own kitchen to cook for yourself), no 24 h front desk to call if you have a problem, no concierge to help you find places to go and things to do, etc. For the most part, people don't really need all that stuff, and, actually, renting a condo can keep costs down in other ways too...you don't have to eat out at expensive restaurants every meal, you can find a grocery store and cook some meals for yourself.

    Sometimes price differences are due to location too. The hotel might be in the center of downtown in walking distance to everything you want to get to, while the condo might be on the edges of the town, where you'll need a car or to take a bus or cab. Though, in Vancouver, that's really not an issue. You'll have no problem finding public transportation if you need it.
     
  9. Jul 10, 2006 #8

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    We're going to vancouver, BC. We want a place close to Coquitlam, that's where a friend of mine lives. I've looked at hotels.com over and over and i just wish there were hotels with more suites available.. or at least have hotels.com show more suites in their price listings. Somehow its not a vacation without a couch and kitchenette :biggrin:
     
  10. Jul 10, 2006 #9

    DaveC426913

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    Talk to this woman and tell her Dave Collins from Toronto sent you. She'll find you what you want. She's amazing.
     
  11. Jul 10, 2006 #10

    Pengwuino

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    Would she be able to find a condo or suite near coquitlam within say, 3 weeks? :biggrin: Because if so... :!!) :!!) :!!)
     
  12. Jul 10, 2006 #11

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    It's not too hard finding a room with a couch, but if you want a kitchenette, stop looking at hotels, and start looking at motels. Even suites in hotels don't usually have kitchenettes, just multiple bedrooms or fancier bathrooms, etc. The kitchenettes seem more common in cheaper motels, where people on a budget want to cook some meals rather than eat out while on vacation. Otherwise, yeah, it seems a condo is what you want.
     
  13. Jul 10, 2006 #12

    Pengwuino

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    Yah but motels are crumby :biggrin:
     
  14. Jul 10, 2006 #13

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    I don't think there are enough people who want BOTH luxury accomodations AND to cook for themselves on vacation for nicer hotels to offer what you're requesting. If I was staying somewhere more than 3 days, though, I'd probably prefer that too. Eating out is nice, but at some point, it's also nice to not have to pay $15 for the "luxury" of having an English muffin and a cup of coffee for breakfast while still wearing PJ's.
     
  15. Jul 10, 2006 #14

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    Yah i guess people capable of plopping down $1200 for lodging for a weeks stay arent the type to eat in most of the time and cook their own food... i just cant imagine eating out every meal for a week though....
     
  16. Jul 10, 2006 #15

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    Boy, have you led a sheltered life! :rolleyes:

    I've been 2-3 weeks away from home and pretty much had to eat out the entire time.

    I once did back-to-back business trips - one week in Europe, home overnight, one week in Japan. I didn't even eat when I got home, I just wanted to sleep. I woke up a 0200 in Tokyo wondering where the heck I was. :biggrin:


    Pengwuino - try dating on-line! Maybe you could hook up with a young co-ed who could put you up for the week. :rofl:
     
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  17. Jul 10, 2006 #16

    Pengwuino

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    Young Emperor Penguin seeks young attractive human. Pet friendly.
     
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    Enjoy being single....
     
  19. Jul 10, 2006 #18

    JamesU

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    Sorry pengwuino, I'm late to bash your threads :)
     
  20. Jul 10, 2006 #19

    Pengwuino

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    Get out of the thread yomamma, men are talking.
     
  21. Jul 10, 2006 #20

    JamesU

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    I see nobody posting in your thread...so, no
     
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