Friday, March 21, 2008

Hotel internet ripoffs

Why is it that, when I stay in overpriced hotels I have to pay for internet access, but in "cheap" hotels it's free?

7 comments:

RAH said...

Because higher-priced hotels are more likely to cater to business travelers, and so we can be gouged on every little thing ($15 for parking? Really?) since we're just going to expense it anyway...unless that was a rhetorical question. In which case I'll shut up now.

Voice of Utah said...

I was afraid that was the answer. I like nice hotels, I admit it, but I resent getting nickel and dimed at them just because they figure we won't care, it'll just go on the expense account anyway (which, as a co-owner, means it still comes out of my pocket).

Jesse Harris said...

Hotel breakfasts are usually along the same lines. The less-expensive three-star often chips in breakfast with that free WiFi while the higher-end places want $15 for a plate of eggs and toast. I think rah is probably right in his/her assumptions. That's why I always check to see what's included before booking.

Cat_utah said...

I had to laugh at this story. As a frequent traveler I long ago decided to stay at Motel 6. I could get better rates at high end hotels with package deals but I get free local calls and free net, no hassle. I could pay more in room rates, which in Utah also comes with very high room tax, but as I drive from sea to shining sea, i still prefer the humble motel 6. If i want marble walls and a nice suite and cush surroudnings I could just stay home!

pr0le said...

One of the largest providers of internet access for hotels is in fact based out of Utah (and I work for 'em).

rah is indeed right - the hotels decide what revenue model they want and dictate to us what that will be. Increasingly hotels are going to a free model in which they pay us a monthly fee and bump the room rates up a little.

utahcon said...

Red Lion buddy. Not too expensive, free wifi, and most have free breakfast.

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