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cities in Canada and the U.S.
City names can make a big difference in hotel prices.
Driving along what was old Route 66 in Arizona, you may be thinking
of staying overnight in Flagstaff, but decide also to check prices
in Holbrook down the road “just in case.”
During summer 2006, you find that the Motel 6 in Holbrook, Arizona
costs just $29.99 per night plus tax for one person.
In Flagstaff, the cost increases to $62.69 per night for the cheapest
Motel 6 room—more than double for the same accommodation quality.
Why? Most travellers think of stopping in Flagstaff, as it is the
best-known city in northern Arizona.
When planning stops on a road trip, always check rates in less
well-known cities and towns.
Staying in high-priced cities
Sometimes, of course, you'll need to stay overnight in high-priced
cities. But, try to minimize the nights you spend in these, while
still having the same amount of time to see the sights or conduct
For example, Manhattan hotels may seem astronomically priced, even
with Internet discounts.
If arriving late or leaving early, why not have your first or last
night at JFK, LaGuardia, or Newark airports?
you can usually get a 2-star or a 3-star hotel room near these significantly
cheaper than the same quality hotel in Manhattan. Saving this way
could put $100 in your pocket.
The New York airport example applies to most large cities.
Decent hotel accommodation in downtown San Francisco costs big
time. Safe parking in the city centre also costs a lot.
The solution is to cut down the number of nights you spend in San
Francisco, without decreasing the time you need in the area.
Here are 3 ways to consider:
- Again using Hotwire.com,
hotels at San Francisco International Airport often cost less than
half of what the same quality hotels charge near Union Square downtown.
(Frequent BART rapid transit trains connect these two areas.)
- If driving, you could stay in a less expensive motel or hotel
an hour or so north the city (in someplace like Santa Rosa) for
the first several nights, and visit wonderful places like Muir Woods
National Monument, the Wine Country, and Point Reyes National Seashore
that aren't in the city anyway.
- You could also spend several nights south of San Francisco. While
in the San Francisco area, most people enjoy visiting Carmel-by-the-Sea,
a very popular, a very charming, and a very, very expensive California
coastal resort town, where until few years ago Clint Eastwood, the
popular film actor, was mayor. However, you need not stay overnight
in high-priced Carmel or set up a day trip from San Francisco.
Instead, you could stay in inexpensive Salinas, which is less than
15 miles from Carmel. Salinas also makes an excellent base for visiting
Cannery Row in Monterey, Big Sur, and Pebble Beach.
Visit the beautiful Carmel area, but sleep in more mundane Salinas.
We're not suggesting that you waste great amounts of time commuting
to sightseeing or business. And, you may want to pay extra for that
very romantic hotel in Carmel.
Just try to save when it’s appropriate and reasonably convenient.
Go on to Saving in High-priced Hotel Cities,
Part I or Helpful hotel booking tips.