Hotel Rates Have Gotten Really Expensive
I just got back from a driving vacation. (We took the Prius, it averaged 49.3 miles a gallon over 2900 miles.) Gas was expensive, but I knew that going in. Restaurant meals were higher, but not outrageously so. But the unpleasant surprise was room charges. We spent two nights at the wonderful old lodge in east Glacier Park, and that what was planned as the splurge turned out to be the bargain!
Over the years I've gotten in the habit of staying in the Comfort Inn when driving long distances. They are clean, comfortable and there is usually one where I want to spend the night. Plus the free breakfast helps cut down on restaurant charges when you just want a couple of cups of coffee and a donut and to get back on the road.
But they are now over $100 a night, and this seems pretty high for a shower, a bed and some coffee and donuts. The one in West Yellowstone wanted $179 a night, which was HIGHER than the wonderful old lodge in Glacier. (We went to the Three Bear inn a block over and even got a discount on breakfast at their coffee shop.)
Now I understand how things with a lot of fuel inputs are getting expensive right now, but I'm not seeing why hotel rates should have zoomed so much. I looked at the Comfort Inn parent company a few years ago and did not find it a compelling investment. I will have to do some digging to see why room charges have gotten so high. I want to see if this is falling to the bottom line, and if not, where it is going.
I date back to the era when Motel 6 charged six bucks a night. I understand that price levels have climbed, but rooms seem to have gone up much faster than inflation, even when you take hedonic improvement into account.
Chris - the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone is mighty nice, but the one in Glacier in my new favorite