Do you ever wonder how much the person sitting next to you on the plane paid? It seems that airfares are constantly changing and totally unpredictable.
The same can be true of hotels. The room rates go up and down depending on the hotel’s model of supply and demand.
We had a recent hotel stay at the Radisson Martinique on Broadway. I locked in two award nights well in advance — 50,000 Club Carlson points for a two-night stay.
We decided to add a third paid night on to our stay, so several weeks ago, I made a reservation to extend our stay. The room rate at the time was close to $300 per night, plus tax, bringing the total to nearly $350. That’s a lot to pay for a room at a 3 star hotel.
It wasn’t worth bidding for a Priceline hotel because it would be really inconvenient to move hotels for one night. Also, since we were traveling with our teenage daughter, we needed a room with two beds, and Priceline only guarantees that the room will accommodate two adults. In New York City, hotel rooms are notoriously small, and often cannot accommodate three people.
Check the Room Rate and Call if it Drops
I had booked the room at the AAA rate. Each week I checked online to see if the rates had dropped. If so, I called the hotel and requested that they adjust my rate. I did this four times, and four times, the hotel graciously adjusted the rate downward. We ended up paying $172 for the room. With tax, it came to $200.
I love the location of the Radisson Martinique, right in K-town in the center of Manhattan.
We took advantage of pre-Black Friday sales at Macy’s, and went up the Empire State Building — both less than two blocks away.
Thanks to the Martinique app, the hotel comped us breakfast each morning.
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