Because we were waiting for my folks to decide whether they wanted to join us for our shopping junket (they didn’t), we were late making our hotel bookings. We didn’t reserve a room until the night before we left home. For some reason, hotel rooms in Syracuse seem to have undergone a price hike.
Not sure why. It’s not like Syracuse has become a getaway hot spot. Nor were there any major events on, as far as we could tell. It wasn’t even a long weekend! And yet, rooms that generally go for about $70 a night are now going at closer to $100. And that’s for budget hotels like Super8 and Days Inn!
So we tried our luck with Priceline’s “Name your own price” feature. We had heard about good results from people using this and similar services, so we were hopeful that we could score an amazing deal. We ended up at DoubleTree (a Hilton affiliate) – a step up from the budget brands – and while it was far from the steals we had been promised, we wound up paying just $90. It was certainly a better deal than the budget hotels were offering, and it was a step up in terms of cleanliness and service. Can’t complain about that, but I’m still a little disappointed our first bid of $50 wasn’t accepted.
Now THAT would have been a deal!