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It's Not Just Vegas, All Hotels Gutting Amenities

By Chuckmonster on Thursday, 22nd January 2009 11:19pm
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The Wall Street Journal has a piece about how all hotels are cutting back on amenities. From lotions to towels to freezer packs of coffee - all the top hotel chains are making guests ask for basic room features at the front desk.

As vacationers and business travelers reduce the time they spend on the road, hotels are quietly trimming amenities and services to save money. That can mean fewer toiletries in rooms, longer check-in lines and fewer freebies like cookies or 24 hour-a-day coffee in lobbies for guests. The cutbacks come as the weak economy pushes down occupancy levels and forces hotels to drop their overnight rates to attract lodgers.

No shit. My room at Mirage last week cost $79. When we arrived, there was literally nobody in the hotel, save one other couple at the front desk - checking out. Walking through the casino - empty - dealers standing there looking at each other, no hookers, five people at the bar inside Revolution, nobody on the elevators, nobody in the hallways.

One has to wonder where the bottom is.



Comments & Discussion:

Are we close enough to see the bottom yet? I think its a few months away yet.

Donny is Canada going downhill too? I know this is a worldwide economic downturn but I didn't think anywhere was going down faster than the US (besides you know, those eastern European countries that were already dirt poor to begin with).

In the words of the Canadians on SouthPark "We want mure muney...." and soap.

Funny, I checked into the Luxor, it filled to the gills. Long, long line.

It's about time.

As anyone how follows the travel industry has known, while the airlines have been cutting back and cutting back, the (non-casino oriented) hotel industry hasn't been cutting anything.

This is just finally getting out of a "recession? What?" mode.

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