Wednesday, June 21, 2006

US hotels

well, I'm back from my east coast trip.. tired but happy..
we did quite a bit in the 5 days that we were there.. went to ny, dc, boston, niagara and phily.. saw pretty much everything tourists usually see... and took about 1.6gbs of photos (that would have made absolutely no sense some 10 years back.. gbs of photos?!)
one really good thing about the tour was that the tour company put us up at really good hotels - places like sheraton, hyatt, hilton and holiday inn! And all this for just 300 bucks! (for hotel stay + the coach ride). Anyways, as we were hopping from one good hotel to the next, there's something peculiar that I noticed... something i think every tourist must know:
The costlier the hotel, the cheaper they get.
what do i mean by this? basically, what i saw was that as u go to a more expensive hotel, you find yourself having to pay for stuff that is generally offered for free at smaller, cheaper hotels. Things like wi-fi, coffee and even water! For eg., the smallest hotel among those we went to on the trip was Hampton Inn and they had free wi-fi, free breakfast and free freshly brewed coffee. Standard stuff actually. But then when we went to holiday inn and sheraton, we found ourselves having to pay for the wifi (10 bucks/room/day) and there was no free breakfast... and then we went to the hyatt.. and they wanted us to pay 10 bucks/person/room/day for wifi! and an outrageous 4.95 for the bottle of water in the room!! and of-course, by now, we weren't even talking about breakfast...
its kinda ridiculous that a hotel which normally charges 150 bucks a night finds it necessary to charge for wifi when one that charges 80 a night has no qualms about giving it for free...
anyways, this is a valuable travel tip.. especially if u wanna access the net from your hotel room.

psycho.

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