As I commented in this blog entry: Hello from Palo Alto, I cannot bear the noise of Travelodge. I am moving.
So I did some basic research, and here are my findings.
In a mature and complicated business environment like US, when there are so many ways to optimize for the profit of a business, the rating of hotels varies a lot.
The top rated Creekside Inn (and I went there myself when I pass it tonight) is great. Their price varies from $79 of tomorrow, to $135 at weekdays. For the same day, their price differs from $79 via Expedia.com, to $99 on Creekside Inn’s own website, to Hotels.com to $150 in other book site,
At $79 rate, it is near or even cheaper than motel like Travelodge or Motel 168.
It seems when book a hotel, we need to do more research.
Tip: If staying over weekend, you can get into better hotels with lower rate.
Brand and Location Difference
The brands like Radison, Hilton, and Holiday Inn represent 5 star hotels in Shanghai, and other places in China, but I can easily find them cheaper than Super 8, or Travelodge on the same day. The other difference is, I can find cheaper hotels in downtown San Francisco than in Palo Alto.
View from a Customer
When we create website, we put most of our attentions to ourselves, but as a customer, we see the world in the more common way: We check everything. We check different hotels, and we check different websites for comparison.
Everyone needs service providers (websites, hotels, restaurants). As service providers tried their best to find customers, customers like myself is trying hard to find a good service provider too.
For hotels, when a nice hotel can lower their price at off-peak days than budget hotel, what is our choice?
I am going to give Creekside Inn and Cardinal Hotel at weekend a try this time. At the end of the day, I need to find a good but cheap hotel for my future trips.