Have You Gotten a Hotel Room for $107 Or Less This Year?
This room at The Signature at MGM Grand cost us $95 (without the $25 resort fee) on Expedia.
Well, this is interesting. Consumer Reports have released their latest survey findings and this year the average hotel stay is about to cost $107 a night, up five percent from last year.
Despite the increase, $107 seems like a good deal! We've paid about $100 a night for two of our hotel stays this year--The Saguaro Scottsdale and the The Signature at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. But last weekend at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego we splurged on a room for $265 a night.
Admittedly, we have a thing for new hotels and boutique hotels and hotels in expensive cities like New York, London and Miami but even still, we don't often see a hotel for $107 a night. Perhaps we need to start going more budget. Consumer Reports says that Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham was the highest-rated of the budget hotels while Econo Lodge and Americas Best Value Inn.
On the luxury end, Ritz-Carlton Hotels earned top survey results while Westin, Hyatt and Embassy Suites Hotels also garnered excellent or good ratings.
But perhaps the most bit of useful info from the report are Consumer Reports tips to getting a good hotel deal.
These include giving opaque sites a try (we still love Hotwire); look for internet-only offers like advance purchase rates and hold hotels or booking sites to a best rate guarantee. Consumer Reports also recommends joining loyalty programs (which we always advocate because it gives you free perks like free WiFi); asking for discounts for seniors, military, government employees and AAA and even haggling.
Of course, this last technique requires you talk to a human on the phone or in person at the hotel but it could save you some precious dollars.
Lastly, Consumer Reports brought up another technique we've never tried before. Hotels have a "fade rate", the absolute minimum they will sell the hotel room for. If the lowest rate you hear from the front desk clerk doesn't satisfy you, tell them "No, thank you" and they might use the fade rate to get at least some revenue from the room.
Have you gotten a hotel room for $107 (or less) recently? Tell us how you got it in comments below!