Behind The Green Door: How to make hotel rooms less expensive

December 16th, 2008 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Why don’t hotels have no-frills “green rooms” ? Here’s how it would work. First, instead of those little disposable bottles of shampoo and conditioner and body lotion (who the hell even uses the body lotion?), they’d have a dispenser. Second, if you want changes of sheets and towels you’d pay extra. In fact, maid serivce in general would be an extra a la carte request, rather than be automatically included kamagra uk. Who among us scrubs their bathroom every day when they are home? One could also meter the electricity to reduce costs by having A/C be an extra too. If people are paying for it, they will use less.

All this would allow about 20% lower room rates. Lower room rates will boost occupancy. All government travel could insist on these rooms, which saves taxes too. Maybe government employees might object a little bit, but, hey, if it meant retiring on a ful pension after 20 years I would happily make my own bed a couple of times.

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10 Responses to “Behind The Green Door: How to make hotel rooms less expensive”

  1. armchaireconomist Says:

    the GOVERNMENT shoudl take the lead on this. Simply by prfering this rate and these rooms, the hotel industry would respond. The government is one of the if not the largest user of hotel rooms in the US. They lead, others will follow.

  2. econmajor Says:

    This is what the airlines are doing, which is not popular. But there is a HUGE difference. The airlines are cutting things out and then ripping people off (like $50 for baggage checking — almost as much as the price of some tickets) and not giving people an option. This, as I understand it, would be an option. You could still rent a room the regular way.

  3. joelerickson Says:

    we talk sbout doing green stuff, saving resources etc. But it’s mostly begging people to do so. we don’t give people INCENTIVES to use less. Like there is no reason on earth why every hotel shouldn’t use dispensers for shampoo and conditioner and soap rather than those wasteful little bottles. they shouldn’t need to be told.

  4. HH Says:

    It would be great to have an option to pay separately for electricity in hotels for another reason too, which is to make people more aware of how much they consume, and hopefully create habits they will take home with them.

  5. bostonuniversity Says:

    I have no idea how much it costs to run the AC in a hotel, or at home for that matter. Just putting up a little note next to the AC about how much carbon it uses etc. would make a dent in consumption.

    it’s like 20 cents a kilowatt hour. That much I know, but how many kilowatts does AC use? If something is 1000 watts and you run it for an hour, is that 20 cents? That doesn’t seem like, that it would only cost 20 cents to run AC for an hour.

  6. mcallan Says:

    it doesn’t cost much to run the AC in a hotel room. it’s only one room But I bet the maid service costs much more than anyone would guess. doubt most people would pay for it separately. And i read that those little bottles and soap bars are very expensive.

  7. keepgrowing Says:

    the cost is mroe than just the energy. there’s changing filters, reparis etc. Hotels would definitely want the AC used less and would give incentives for that. I agree that the actualy electricity isn’t much.

  8. ec10instructor Says:

    this is a perfect example of obscured pricing — if things were itemized and transparent people would purchase them at different rates than if they are all lumped together and the outcome would be much more efficient.

  9. patbrendan Says:

    this would require just one executive order from Obama. He could do this tomorrow for government workers. Say, “preference will be given for booking hotels for hotels with green rooms priced X% below the government contract rate.”

  10. Tooz Says:

    As for the price of the electricity in a hotel room, the solution is as simple as looking at the price of phone calls - the hotels could just charge ten to twenty times the actual cost and consumption would be reduced, making a difference…

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