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  • Because sex stains and sticky tv remotes aren't free.
  • Supply and demand.


    / next question, please
  • I think if it had daily maid/laundry service apartment costs would be comparable. There is also the wear and tear factor, people won't treat a hotel room the same way they treat there own home. It is the same reason renting a car for the weekend would be higher than a monthly car payment.
  • Because MAID SERVICE /OVERHEAD biatchES
  • Really? 1000 people asked that?
  • I rent a 2bdrm Cabin w/fireplace, w/d, 1ba. $650 per month, Oct-April. May 1st it becomes a vacation rental for the summer, and goes for $400 per night.

    Tourism... how does it work?
  • .... that question had to be asked? (reads article) and it's not even in relation to the serious question of poor and non-creditworthy families having to use hotels because motels as primary residences because they don't have steady income and many corporate places won't take you if you have a bankruptcy/eviction/bad credit???

    what a '53%ers/first world problems' article.
  • sulco: Because sex stains and sticky tv remotes aren't free.


    Came for this
  • 'Cuz bend over, that's why!
  • I managed a Residence Inn about 15 years ago. At that time it cost us $7.00 to clean a one bedroom or studio suite and $15 for a 2 bedroom suite. When it got late I'd sell one night stays to walk ins as low as $29.

    If you walk in to a hotel at night ask if they are full, ask for best available rate and then ask if they can go any lower since its getting late. They will.
  • Cuz it's a real pain in the ass to buy a house or rent an apartment if you're only staying a few nights?
    Here's another shocker - renting a car is MUCH more expensive than buying if you crunch the numbers and avoid the logic.
  • Because the owners want to make money?

    /DNRTFA
  • SweetSaws: Came for this

    That's

    why the remote's so sticky.
  • "...and more than 1,000 of you are so farking stupid that you wanted me to explain why hotels are so expensive."

    FTFT
  • A old rule of thumb for the hotel / rent price is, "a hotel room is 10% of a months rent."
    And it seems to work pretty well.
  • Hotels simply have a monopoly in major tourist cities. You have no other options of where to stay.

    In a city like Paris, $250/night will get you something smaller and dingier than a Hampton Inn at half the cost in most American cities. And during peak tourist season, the prices are even more extreme -- I've stayed at W Hotels in the US for less than what total crap holes in Paris wanted per night in the late spring. And that's what really gets me -- it's a slap in the face to charge so much money for a hotel that's falling apart.

    Last time I was in Paris I rented a studio apartment for 14 days at 400 euros/week. It was larger than any hotel in the sub $400 price range, had a full kitchen, laundry was around the corner, and a supermarket was in the bottom floor.
  • Because any hotel that charges less than $50 per night is no better than sleeping in my car. Personal observation.

    It makes more sense to take my 15 spare rooms and directly market them to price-sensitive customers by using a specialized reseller like Hotwire.

    There's a lawsuit alleging that hotels imposed minimum price rules on resellers.
  • I really detest the author Matthew Yglesias.

    I once heard him described as a guy who as an undergraduate could dominate conversations in the Harvard dining halls and who hasn't progressed past that level of clever superficiality.
  • I've worked in corporate meeting/special event planning for four years now. Hotel prices (depeding on location) will shock the hell out of you. I'm not just talking rooms here; EVERYTHING is farking expensive in some cities.

    We've had meetings where an apple would cost $5++ (plus tax/gratuity) or a gallon of coffee is $130++. I used to be shocked by the pricing, now I have to see $50 for coffee as "cheap".

    Why is it so expensive? Because it can be and they know we'll pay whatever they ask (mostly).
    Unfortunately, it's the cost of business unless you want all of your meetings at the Motel 6 in Omaha.
  • thornhill: Hotels simply have a monopoly in major tourist cities. You have no other options of where to stay.


    That is awesomely wrong. Awesomely.

    'Hotels' are a category containing multiple separate fungible competing entities, information about pricing and quality being freely available,. They are close to the perfect opposite of a monopoly.
  • mechgreg: I think if it had daily maid/laundry service apartment costs would be comparable. There is also the wear and tear factor, people won't treat a hotel room the same way they treat there own home. It is the same reason renting a car for the weekend would be higher than a monthly car payment.


    Maids are paid minimum wage; that's probably the least of their labor expenses.

    As for laundry, even high end hotels (e.g. the W) now request that you do not ask for new towels during your stay so to conserve energy.

    As for wear and tear, I think most hotels defer as much maintenance as long as possible so they can renovate all of the rooms at once, making the maintenance more cost effective.
  • I'd say because electricity, water, cable, furniture, televisions, towels, and soap are not typically included in rent/the purchase of a house... and the article doesn't even mention those obvious costs.
    Conclusion: This article, while fully unnecessary to begin with, sucks.
  • Tiny soaps and shampoo, those things aren't cheap.
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