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mikerivers

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Apr 17 17 9:09 AM

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Usually I book a hotel room for the January NAMM show in Anaheim somewhere around June or July. Last few years I've been staying at the Travelodge or Ramada that are within walking distance of the convention center, paying between $65 and $75/night. But having nothing better to do yesterday, I started shopping around and was shocked at the rates. I couldn't find anything below about $140 at even the dumpy non-chain hotels in the area. It's not surprising that they all know when the NAMM show is and that the cheap places book up fairly early, but if this is how it's going to be, the three of you here who love my show reports may have seen the last one.

Does anyone know how the hotel business works these days? I was thinking that maybe nobody really wants to take a booking 8 months in advance and that maybe rates that I can handle will show up in a couple of months. But I just don't know.

In the past, I've thought about begging on Kickstarter for enough money to cover my hotel but I think that's really tacky. It would be better if I was making a record instead.  ;(



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Apr 17 17 9:37 AM

I live within 20 minutes or so of a resort community with thousands of rooms that go from 50% to 100% occupancy during the summer months. My kids used to work there during summer vacations because they could make $200 a day in tips alone. I was told that the hotels there DECREASE their rates as they fill up, so the rates are actually better when they are busy. In other words, they base their rates for future occupancy on the current conditions of occupancy. I'm not sure if this is the way it's done everywhere else, but it might explain the dynamics of what you are seeing.

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chance

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Apr 17 17 10:57 AM

Last year when I went to the Grammys I thought about booking a room until I saw their rates plus it's only a 45 min drive from home, so I felt it not worth the $150 a night. We went to the Lionel Ritchy event the day before the Grammy's, and met some people who told me they just got in town and got a room across the street for $75 a night. I checked,, and sure enough, they were right. I booked 2 nights and avoided the stress of driving and we were able to have a place to change and freshen up for the after hours parties, get some rest, and drive back home the next day

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blairl

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Apr 17 17 11:54 AM

I have used  hotwire.com quite a bit and have never had any real problems.  I just did a quick look for dates around NAMM 2018.  There are rooms near the convention center for around $100 per night.  As low as $70 per night a few miles away.

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mikerivers

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Apr 17 17 3:55 PM

I checked hotwire and priceline and didn't find anything suitable. A few miles away is OK as long as it's on a bus route that goes to the convention center. I've done that a couple of times but the place I stayed and bussed to the CC no longer exists. I usually have a rental car when I'm there, but parking is such a hassle that I either want to be able to walk or take a bus.

I'm trying a web site now called TripBAM (dot com) which shops for hotel rates and reports when they've found a lower one, but it's not turning up any rates better than what I've found on line directly from the hotel sites. I think scullyfan is on the right track - that rates will probably get more sensible in a couple more months, then get nonsensical right around show time.

By the way, for rental cars, I'm using AutoSlash.com now which really works well. Make a reservation for a car rental (any company), tell them your reservation number, and they keep shopping for a better price on that rental. For my trip to NAB next week, a two day rental from Thrifty in Las Vegas went from about $140 (totally outrageous) to $43 after about 5 price drops and a discount that they found. All for no cost to me (other than the rental when I pick it up).



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chance

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Apr 17 17 5:00 PM

A little trick I do every year at NAMM for parking. There are "many" restaurants close to the CC. On the first day, before the show I'll go to one and have a light snack and tip. I meet the owner/manager and tell him that I am going to the show and would like to eat here every day and maybe bring guests. Then I tell him "lunch is in a few hours, can I just leave my car here?" I take a menu and put it on my dash as a reminder for them.
They get so busy they forget. After many years, they remember me. I slip them a $20 and I'm good for all 4 days. Sometimes too, out of towners who get a room, give a parking pass to friends of mine

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mikerivers

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Apr 17 17 7:57 PM

Good thought. I just looked at VRBO. Nothing there below $200/night. That would be a good deal if I wanted a roommate or two. I didn't check, but most of this kind of rental also has a cleaning fee that's usually $50-100.

I didn't realize that there wre all of those condos so close to the convention center.



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