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sulco: Because sex stains and sticky tv remotes aren't free.
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thornhill: Hotels simply have a monopoly in major tourist cities. You have no other options of where to stay.
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.