Unfortunately, the business I was on this past week required me to use the previously mentioned #Hilton at San Diego Bay.
I say "unfortunately," not because it was a cockroach infested den of inequity to be confused with say, one of the strip joints Davey Gellatly frequents.
It was because of how they do business.
The room rates weren't horrifically bad for hotel rooms, I suppose. $229 a day is at the upper end of the spectrum, but not outrageous. And for a paltry $30 a day more, you could actually get one that didn't have a view of, well, the view I showed below...
While literally EVERY other hotel/motel room I have ever stayed in actually comes with, for example, a small refrigerator... this one didn't. One could be "provided..." for a fee, of course.
Most hotels without leaking roofs have at least a free continental breakfast for their guests.
That bowl of cereal here? $20.
The other breakfast option?
And then there's parking.
Valet? $50. Plus tip, or course. Per day.
Self service? $35. Per day.
Needed a razor. Had to buy 10 disposables for $9. Water in the room that you get at a gas station for $1.49 costs $3.75 here.
It's not that these people nickel and dime you, it's that they dollar and bludgeon you.
The facility is nice. But for $35 a day cost for parking during a 4 day stay... for that kind of money, I would expect them to at least throw in a free car wash.
I'll be doing my level best to avoid any of these facilities, anywhere. This isn't how "guests" are treated. This is how, for us mere mortals, you squeeze blood out of a rock.
UPDATE: I write this while staying at a Red Roof Inn located in Oxford, Alabama.
I'm watching Cal beat the Cougs to a pulp... 17-3 at the half. (I hold no illusions; I fully expect the Cougs to come back in the 2nd half if they can survive the butt-chewing that Coach Leach is laying on them during half time... but right now, they are Couging it big time) but that's not the point.
The point is this room comes equipped with a refrigerator, a microwave, free continental breakfast and free wifi... completely functional. Parking is completely free. It's all included.
And this room is around $100 a day.
Yeah, I get that Oxford, AL isn't San Diego, CA. Still, it astounds me that when it comes to hotels... Frequently, the more you pay, the less you get.