When Did In-Room Movies Get So Expensive?
With all the hubub leading up to the Oscars last night, we can't help but have movies on the brain. But since this is HotelChatter and not MovieChatter, we'll have to keep our film discussions to either movies filmed in hotels or watching movies in hotels. So we decided to go with the latter. More specifically, we want to talk about how expensive in-room movies are these days.
During our weekend trip to Scottdale a few weeks ago, we found ourselves perusing the in-room movies just for kicks. (Ok, and maybe because we were a little too tired to take on the town.) After we got over the novelty of perusing "still in the theater" movies, we were flabbergasted by how much these movies cost.
While there were some older (and not very good) movies available for $4.99, most of the newer releases were going for $16.99 plus tax. Some were even going for $19.99. Take a look at the movie options we encountered in the gallery below.
We remember the days when an in-room movie was $8. But the last time we probably ordered a movie was when it was somewhere around $12. But now, $17 dollars for a movie? That's crazy!
We get that hotels need to recoup the losses from phone calls (thanks to smartphones and internet connections) but offering movies for more than the price of a 24-hour internet connection seems counter-intuitive. Then again, $17 is still less than what you'd pay to go see a movie in the theaters.
What do you think? Are in-room hotel movies a total rip-off or are you willing to pay the price for a new release in the comfort of your hotel bed? Let us know in comments below!