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(Metro)   People desperate for a vacation despite the pandemic learning that the easiest way for resorts to make up for lost cash is charge ridiculous fees, like $14 for coffee and a minimum purchase of $90 before you can swim in the sea   (metro.co.uk) divider line
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2020-07-01 9:59:57 AM  
In other words, business as usual for the hotel industry?

(They've been inventing ridiculous prices for normal things forever)
 
2020-07-01 10:23:49 AM  
The charges at a 5 star hotel? If they can afford to stay at a 5 star, I have little sympathy.
 
2020-07-01 10:24:53 AM  

beezeltown: In other words, business as usual for the hotel industry?

(They've been inventing ridiculous prices for normal things forever)


Sooooo vacation somewhere else?

Look, I'm not saying there aren't ripoffs in every industry, but you can get an all-inclusive package at a number of first rate Mexican resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Cozumel, or Cabo for like $250/night for two.

The resorts charging exorbitant fees are catering to a wholly different clientele (like how Bentley and Honda essentially make the same thing, but at wildly different costs).

See also: cruise lines. What Carnival costs versus Regent Seven Seas, for instance.

In other words, stop complaining about Four Seasons prices if your budget is more EconoLodge.
 
2020-07-01 10:27:42 AM  
So, we now have two subbies who think the pound is worth $2?
 
2020-07-01 10:30:50 AM  
Whaaaaaaat?  Such a thing has never happened before!
 
2020-07-01 10:30:54 AM  
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/It's a trap
 
2020-07-01 10:33:02 AM  
Rich people hotel prices.  Probably not that inflated compared to pre-Corona prices.
 
2020-07-01 10:38:25 AM  
Bodrum is not exactly cheap to begin with

HANDE YENER - Bodrum (www.balkanika.tv)
Youtube j9VoDFVJ7YM
 
2020-07-01 10:41:51 AM  

ImpendingCynic: So, we now have two subbies who think the pound is worth $2?


Haven't looked at the pound in the last couple of weeks, but it was nowhere near $2...let's look.

Wow. Interbank rate $1.24 to £1. So, real people are probably paying around $1.30.

Damn. Wish there wasn't a pandemic, cheapest I've ever been in the UK was $1.50 to the pound.
 
2020-07-01 10:44:27 AM  

ImpendingCynic: So, we now have two subbies who think the pound is worth $2?


That's still something like $9 for coffee, which makes Starbucks seem cheap. Of course, you don't get to enjoy Starbucks in a Turkish prison.
 
2020-07-01 10:45:06 AM  
Metro is sure going to be pissed when they report how much a hotdog and beer cost at a baseball game.

Wealthy tourist problems.
 
2020-07-01 10:52:11 AM  
My coffee is a lot more expensive than that.  I only drink that coffee that's grown in Hawaii, then they feed it to cats, wait for the cats to shiat it out, then harvest the beans from the litter box.
 
2020-07-01 11:01:28 AM  

iamskibibitz: ImpendingCynic: So, we now have two subbies who think the pound is worth $2?

That's still something like $9 for coffee, which makes Starbucks seem cheap. Of course, you don't get to enjoy Starbucks in a Turkish prison.


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2020-07-01 11:01:47 AM  
Well, in a year or two I think we will be able to tell the difference between those resorts who know how to shear the sheep, inside of skinning it.
 
2020-07-01 11:08:59 AM  

ImpendingCynic: So, we now have two subbies who think the pound is worth $2?


1 USD = .80 GBP pound sterling
as of posting
 
2020-07-01 11:13:36 AM  
Good.  Fark 'em. Stupid rich farks couldn't wait to break quarantine to go do frivolous, expensive things. Let them, and charge them for the privilege... And then charge them for every day you have to lock them in their resort suite for quarantine.
 
2020-07-01 11:16:46 AM  

FarkBucket18: beezeltown: In other words, business as usual for the hotel industry?

(They've been inventing ridiculous prices for normal things forever)

Sooooo vacation somewhere else?

Look, I'm not saying there aren't ripoffs in every industry, but you can get an all-inclusive package at a number of first rate Mexican resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Cozumel, or Cabo for like $250/night for two.

The resorts charging exorbitant fees are catering to a wholly different clientele (like how Bentley and Honda essentially make the same thing, but at wildly different costs).

See also: cruise lines. What Carnival costs versus Regent Seven Seas, for instance.

In other words, stop complaining about Four Seasons prices if your budget is more EconoLodge.


He is lying.  México really sucks.  Go somewhere else.
 
2020-07-01 11:23:40 AM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: ImpendingCynic: So, we now have two subbies who think the pound is worth $2?

Haven't looked at the pound in the last couple of weeks, but it was nowhere near $2...let's look.

Wow. Interbank rate $1.24 to £1. So, real people are probably paying around $1.30.

Damn. Wish there wasn't a pandemic, cheapest I've ever been in the UK was $1.50 to the pound.


The last time I bought anything online from the UK, it was $1.60 per quid.  It was still cheaper to buy online from a British retailer than to buy from an American importer.
 
2020-07-01 11:28:33 AM  
They should have Taken a vacation in Albania.
 
2020-07-01 11:28:40 AM  

FarkBucket18: beezeltown: In other words, business as usual for the hotel industry?

(They've been inventing ridiculous prices for normal things forever)

Sooooo vacation somewhere else?

Look, I'm not saying there aren't ripoffs in every industry, but you can get an all-inclusive package at a number of first rate Mexican resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Cozumel, or Cabo for like $250/night for two.

The resorts charging exorbitant fees are catering to a wholly different clientele (like how Bentley and Honda essentially make the same thing, but at wildly different costs).

See also: cruise lines. What Carnival costs versus Regent Seven Seas, for instance.

In other words, stop complaining about Four Seasons prices if your budget is more EconoLodge.


On a recent trip to Jamaica I asked my driver about the all-inclusive resorts there.  He said that while the rates for staying in one was comparable to staying in a local resort or hotel, the money you pay for staying goes off-island and the staff is paid very little.  Even the fees for attractions like Dunn River Falls are negotiated for a lower cost.  If you pay the resort the fee (USD20 for Dunn River) they pocket a chunk of that and are actually paying around USD5 to the attraction.
 
2020-07-01 11:35:17 AM  
Gosh - it's almost like they have to balance budgets.  Wait until you see what you'll be paying for movies, rental cars and airplane tickets in the future.
 
2020-07-01 11:42:12 AM  

Turbo Cojones: FarkBucket18: beezeltown: In other words, business as usual for the hotel industry?

(They've been inventing ridiculous prices for normal things forever)

Sooooo vacation somewhere else?

Look, I'm not saying there aren't ripoffs in every industry, but you can get an all-inclusive package at a number of first rate Mexican resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Cozumel, or Cabo for like $250/night for two.

The resorts charging exorbitant fees are catering to a wholly different clientele (like how Bentley and Honda essentially make the same thing, but at wildly different costs).

See also: cruise lines. What Carnival costs versus Regent Seven Seas, for instance.

In other words, stop complaining about Four Seasons prices if your budget is more EconoLodge.

He is lying.  México really sucks.  Go somewhere else.


Wow, my comment got spun off into a weird orbit...thanks Fark?

I guess my original thought was that this isn't news; hotels always charge crazy prices for normal things ($7 for a plain bottle of water, $50 for "continental breakfast", etc.).
 
2020-07-01 11:42:37 AM  
Residents are more than welcome
Bridal suite is occupied
Reasonable charges
Plus some little extras on the side!
Charge 'em for the lice, extra for the mice
Two percent for looking in the mirror twice (Hand it over!)
Here a little slice, there a little cut
Three percent for sleeping with the window shut
When it comes to fixing prices
There are a lot of tricks I knows
How it all increases, all them bits and pieces
Jesus! It's amazing how it grows!
 
2020-07-01 11:42:55 AM  
I always wondered what could scare buffalo so much that they would run off a cliff to their doom. Now I am thinking maybe they were just "desperate" for a vacation.
 
2020-07-01 11:44:06 AM  
Yeah, um, I took a cheap trip to Hawaii ("cheap") just before Covid. Just out of curiosity I checked what it would cost to just have one upper-medium nice night. The prices in this article are pretty standard.

One thing though:

"Separately. five-star hotel The Macakizi is charging £62 for people to make use of facilities at its beach club for the day. Guests not staying at the hotel don't have to pay entry fee but are asked to spend a minimum of £62 on food, drinks and activities throughout the day."

So... if you're NOT staying at the hotel, you are asked to buy stuff, and you end up with stuff. If you ARE staying at the hotel, you have to pay just as much and get nothing? Wtf.
 
2020-07-01 11:45:32 AM  

Cajnik: Bodrum is not exactly cheap to begin with

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/j9VoDFVJ​7YM]


Wow, they didn't even attempt to lip-sync that pile of dross.

The editors certainly knew the quality of the material they were working with.
 
2020-07-01 11:50:03 AM  

elvindeath: Gosh - it's almost like they have to balance budgets.  Wait until you see what you'll be paying for movies, rental cars and airplane tickets in the future.


It will seem a LOT more when the full effects of Brexit kick in and the pound takes a nosedive. And that is before the tariffs get tacked on because we crash out with no deal.
 
2020-07-01 11:54:22 AM  
Ha, I'll show you. I ain't goin' to your resnort. Capitalist pigs.
 
2020-07-01 11:56:36 AM  
Vacation right now is not a good idea.  Can't afford it anyway
 
2020-07-01 12:02:13 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: My coffee is a lot more expensive than that.  I only drink that coffee that's grown in Hawaii, then they feed it to cats, wait for the cats to shiat it out, then harvest the beans from the litter box.


You could save money by getting some cats of your own.  Cut out the middle-cat.
 
2020-07-01 12:28:36 PM  
Restaurants in other dystopias (Brazil, US, India) should be doing this. If you can legally have at most 25%-50% of the dine-in customers for the next year or so, but your rent and equipment costs are unchanged, then the cost of doing business just went way up.
 
2020-07-01 12:32:34 PM  

Hospitaller: FarkBucket18: beezeltown: In other words, business as usual for the hotel industry?

(They've been inventing ridiculous prices for normal things forever)

Sooooo vacation somewhere else?

Look, I'm not saying there aren't ripoffs in every industry, but you can get an all-inclusive package at a number of first rate Mexican resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Cozumel, or Cabo for like $250/night for two.

The resorts charging exorbitant fees are catering to a wholly different clientele (like how Bentley and Honda essentially make the same thing, but at wildly different costs).

See also: cruise lines. What Carnival costs versus Regent Seven Seas, for instance.

In other words, stop complaining about Four Seasons prices if your budget is more EconoLodge.

On a recent trip to Jamaica I asked my driver about the all-inclusive resorts there.  He said that while the rates for staying in one was comparable to staying in a local resort or hotel, the money you pay for staying goes off-island and the staff is paid very little.  Even the fees for attractions like Dunn River Falls are negotiated for a lower cost.  If you pay the resort the fee (USD20 for Dunn River) they pocket a chunk of that and are actually paying around USD5 to the attraction.


This is why you tip well in local currency. Absolutely a well-known fact. 

The benefit is anyone tipping well is given pretty boss treatment when it comes to waiting for drinks, having food preferences followed, and having beach chairs or cabanas reserved. Like anything, money is money. Being willing to spend more of it will always lead to a more enjoyable experience.
 
2020-07-01 12:33:00 PM  

iamskibibitz: ImpendingCynic: So, we now have two subbies who think the pound is worth $2?

That's still something like $9 for coffee, which makes Starbucks seem cheap. Of course, you don't get to enjoy Starbucks in a Turkish prison.


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2020-07-01 12:33:42 PM  

beezeltown: In other words, business as usual for the hotel industry?

(They've been inventing ridiculous prices for normal things forever)


There's a reason their known as the "hospitality" industry.

You don't ever want to get a band-aid or aspirin from them.
 
2020-07-01 12:40:22 PM  

FarkingChas: The charges at a 5 star hotel? If they can afford to stay at a 5 star, I have little sympathy.


was gonna say.  IF the local economy is teetering, and the sells won't miss it...

Bodrum is known for attracting some of the richest people from around the world and boasts many luxury restaurants, five-star hotels and private beach bars.
 
2020-07-01 12:50:24 PM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: ImpendingCynic: So, we now have two subbies who think the pound is worth $2?

Haven't looked at the pound in the last couple of weeks, but it was nowhere near $2...let's look.

Wow. Interbank rate $1.24 to £1. So, real people are probably paying around $1.30.

Damn. Wish there wasn't a pandemic, cheapest I've ever been in the UK was $1.50 to the pound.


Wait another year or two for Brexit to really sink in and you'll be able to buy a pound for about 75 cents. It'll be like visiting the Czech Republic, minus the good-looking whores.
 
2020-07-01 12:51:06 PM  

The Googles Do Nothing: Sin_City_Superhero: My coffee is a lot more expensive than that.  I only drink that coffee that's grown in Hawaii, then they feed it to cats, wait for the cats to shiat it out, then harvest the beans from the litter box.

You could save money by getting some cats of your own.  Cut out the middle-cat.


or simply have your significant other errrr.....process your beans and eliminate cats altogether.
 
2020-07-01 12:52:00 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: My coffee is a lot more expensive than that.  I only drink that coffee that's grown in Hawaii, then they feed it to cats, wait for the cats to shiat it out, then harvest the beans from the litter box.


Waiter, my coffee tastes fluffy - I specifically ordered the hairless cat flavor.
 
2020-07-01 2:01:59 PM  

baronbloodbath: They should have Taken a vacation in Albania.


Does that border the Adriatic?
 
2020-07-01 2:14:43 PM  

Frank Lyman from Amherst: baronbloodbath: They should have Taken a vacation in Albania.

Does that border the Adriatic?


Yeah, and the Ionian Sea too.
 
2020-07-01 3:11:38 PM  
Can I take a cruise that will let me see the dacha on the Black Sea that the Orange Hairball's picked out to fell to, when he's not in office?
 
2020-07-01 5:18:26 PM  

T Baggins: Restaurants in other dystopias (Brazil, US, India) should be doing this. If you can legally have at most 25%-50% of the dine-in customers for the next year or so, but your rent and equipment costs are unchanged, then the cost of doing business just went way up.


You have failed to see the true solution, you seem blinkered by ideology.

Plainly the cost of rent has to come down.

If earnings are lowered across the board, why should only landlords maintain their income?

Anyway, if you can only legally have 25%-50% of the number of people in a commercial property then the commercial value of that property is that much lower. Commercial property is not valued the same as a home. It is valued based on the potential profit you can make. If that is lower, the rent value of that property is lower.
 
2020-07-01 6:29:06 PM  
I actually had friends who wanted to visit a couple weeks ago.  Cheapest hotel I could find for them was over $100/night, and I would not stay there even as my 18 y/o broke self.  Don't have room to house them so, well.

But jeez, Motel 6 is over $100 a night plus "bonus fees" lets call them.  And that's the cheapest I could find within 40 miles.

/ I live in San Diego
// $100 for Motel 6, more for Travel Lodge?  Not gonna happen
/// still trying to pick my jaw up off the floor.
 
2020-07-01 7:10:25 PM  

Snotnose: I actually had friends who wanted to visit a couple weeks ago.  Cheapest hotel I could find for them was over $100/night, and I would not stay there even as my 18 y/o broke self.  Don't have room to house them so, well.

But jeez, Motel 6 is over $100 a night plus "bonus fees" lets call them.  And that's the cheapest I could find within 40 miles.

/ I live in San Diego
// $100 for Motel 6, more for Travel Lodge?  Not gonna happen
/// still trying to pick my jaw up off the floor.


That's what happens when you demand living wages for the cleaning staff, pay franchise fees to the chain, and pay those obscenely high California taxes.
 
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