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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 02:52 PM
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well i just got off the phone with reservations at Pocono Manor and was unpleasantly suprised. they asked me how many people would be in the room and i said i was bringing my wife and 5yr.old son. instead of the negotiated rate of $99.00 dollars for a "double" room i was told that double didn't mean 2 double beds but 2 PEOPLE. therefore because my 5 yr. old is the room the rate is now $129/night. when i questioned this she said it was the industry standard everywhere. i replied that is wasn't down here in the south to which she argued it was. in Florida, GA, even in N.C.. being a regional slaes rep i travel over, we go to FL regularly to see my in-laws and the SSHS ( another ISSCA event)is in georgia. i have never been upcharged for a 5 yr. old in any of these places ( although i have seen rates saying an additional $10 for each extra adult, never $30 for a pre-schooler) and frankly i think these folks are gouging us that want to make our families a part of mountain madness because they know we're locked in to the venue. i don't know who negotiated these rates but it would've been helpful to know this in advance if indeed that was the supposed price structure. my budget's tight as it is with 2 weeks in FL. just prior to the nat.s.
am i just over reacting or does this seem wrong??
rock on, rus
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 03:21 PM
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Hint : call back, tell them you want a room for 2 PEOPLE with 2 beds.....problem solved

As for "gouging".....I'll note that even at $129 it is substantially cheaper than their NORMAL double occupancy rate mid-week.

Click here, scroll down to "European Plan" which is what we are getting
post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 03:22 PM
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I know the story, made and quickly canceled the reservations We are bring 2 kids so needless to say we are not staying at there! Holiday Inn Express here we come.
 
post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 04:05 PM
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Ed, as the guru i appreciate your evil genius, but the last thing i would want to happen is for them to call me on this or catch us doing something wrong and put a bad light on the group.
i just don't think this is right, like i said i feel they have us over a barrel. i guess i'll have to bite the bullet, or stay at the overflow, or decide that this has put a bad taste in my mouth and go to new orleans like the wife would prefer.
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post #5 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 04:38 PM
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OK, the alternate hotel (Comfort Inn) shows to me to be $130.99/night for a non-smoking King bed with rollaway for the kid.

Holiday Inn Express shows (at best) $90 night BEFORE taxes etc. Keep in mind the $129/night at the host hotel includes ALL taxes. Sales Taxes plus Room Taxes up there are around $20/night per room (in other words, typical tourist area tactic of "soak the outsiders".....for sure, NOT an exclusive tax idea of just the Poconos ).

In other words, you're not saving as much as you probably think to be at the non-host hotel .
post #6 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 04:42 PM
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Also, quick search at sidestep.com (searches a bunch of travel sites for you at once) shows $80/night (BEFORE taxes) to be about the cheapest for a non-dump type hotel in the area. And most hotels are far enough from the host that you'll burn up the difference just in gas alone on the "daily commute" that you'd save

Take it as someone who has attended, well, damn near ALL of these National Events (both before and with ISSCA). Stay at the Host Hotel or very close. Every time I did NOT do that, I regretted it.
post #7 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 06:26 PM
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alright Ed, i'll get up off my poor arse and make a rez at pocono manor...it still chaps me and no one can make me believe that the EXACT same room that 2 people could stay in requires $30/night more enrgy or clean-up for a 5 yr. old. and if it did, you would see my little boy sitting down very gingerly most of the week.
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post #8 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 06:55 PM
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I always pay extra, (about $30 per person), at all the hotels I've been to for Impala functions. Atlanta, Tulsa, Vegas...
I see what you are saying about the 5 year old though. That's a bummer.
But it is a nice place and possibly worth the extra cash. [img]smile.gif[/img]
Pocono hotels cost more than most is seems.
My buddy had to pay $200 per night during the last Pocono NASCAR race for a normal chain hotel, (I forget the company).
Karl
post #9 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 07:08 PM
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Rus,

Ah.... there seems to be a disconnect here. I've asked the ISSCA lodging guru to respond to this. We were all just up there a couple weeks ago and the deal right from the saleman's mouth was:

Double = 2 beds in a room

Single = 1 bed in the room.

I did not hear him say anything about added people being added cost, but then again I'm having a really bad bout of CRS lately.

Wait until its clarified here... should just take an hour or two. I hope. [img]smile.gif[/img]

Gerry-
post #10 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 10:23 PM
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I'm confused now...I told the lady on the phone my reservation would be for 2 people, me and my girlfriend...I hope they don't stik me with 2 beds...it sucks pushing 2 beds together...I only want 1 queen or king bed.
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