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.