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Bad Rate :: Avoid South Padre Island for Spring Break

February 27, 2007 at 9:20 AM | by | ()

[Ed. Note: Welcome to our Good Rate/Bad Rate feature where we usually look at hotel prices in the same city and decide which is better worth your hard-earned benjamins. This week we're switching gears to compare the hotel values in two Spring Break destinations. Rates quoted here were valid on February, 27 2007 and are subject to change. Enjoy.]

This week CheapTickets.com launched a Spring Break Cheapometer to show where demand was highest among students taking off to take their clothes off and where the deals are. Miami came out on top for demand, but with an average room price per night of $163, it doesn't look like a bargain for our struggling students. So we checked out the cheapest spot on the list, South Padre Island, and found out why the average rate definitely doesn't apply when the Spring Break ratcheting up begins. In terms of value, the hotel scene is a nightmare.

If you stay at a sub-$200 hotel in Miami, at least you'll get some style, some beauty, and a sense of design. From what we can see for South Padre Island, you'll be staying at a motel or...a motel. Only it won't be priced like a motel. Here's what we found for a nightly double room rate on the CheapTickets site, for the third week of March:

Budget Host Flamingo - $274 per night
Day's Inn - $149 (pictured here)
Super 8 - $120
Best Western - $219
Travelodge - $176
Comfort Suites - $299
Holiday Inn Express - $239

Hey, if we're spending that kind of money just for an ugly motel room where we'll pass out each night, it better come with the cast of Girls Gone Wild '07 in the room next door.

Archived Comments:

Re: Avoid South Padre Island for Sprin

Hey now... there are in fact much more interesting options available here on South Padre Island. It isn't our fault that most spring breakers never delve very deep or want to stray from the well-beaten Radisson/Sheraton/HoJo path. I maintain a site at SpiRooms.com that features lots of alternatives, including a "for rent by owners" classifieds section. Check it out!