The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

3 March 2007

And there was no room in the inn

During World Tour '05, I scheduled a stop in Concord, New Hampshire. As per my usual practice, I didn't actually book a room until 48 hours before arrival, and it was somewhat offputting to hear that a fairly modest room that had run $80 or so when I was there three years earlier had zoomed up well into the triple digits.

The reason became apparent when I arrived: Concord is maybe fifteen miles from New Hampshire International Speedway, and I had come during a week when a major racing event was scheduled. Had I waited a few more hours, I'd have been out of luck altogether.

So I wasn't too surprised to hear that rooms in downtown Oklahoma City are very hard to come by this coming week, what with the Big 12 basketball tournament and all, and what few rooms there are will cost you. For example: the Courtyard by Marriott, 2 West Reno, is next door to the Ford Center; they're asking a minimum of $299 per night. (A more typical rate at the Courtyard is $189.) The Skirvin Hilton apparently has a couple of openings on Sunday for $329.

Just for the hell of it, I wandered over to the Web site of the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. Some rooms this week are quoted as low as $235.

For all of you who were wondering just how this supply-and-demand stuff works, now you know.

Posted at 10:50 AM to City Scene

Yeah, things are a bit of a headache when you get somewhere and you realize that there's some big event going on. When I was moving last year and got to Sioux Falls at around 11pm, almost every hotel room was booked because there was a statewide high school soccer tournament going on. I didn't even know there were that many people in South Dakota to begin with...

Posted by: sya at 8:42 PM on 3 March 2007

But you can also use it to your advantage if you book early enough and through corporate. We were in Cincinnati several years ago during the week of a pro tennis tournament (we were there for another reason). We'd made hotel reservations months before and were paying about $70 a night. Rooms were going for almost $200 a night for everyone else. The management was not happy with us, or with corporate for that matter.

Posted by: Ted at 8:55 PM on 3 March 2007