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Forum Post: Occupy Hotels

Posted 2 years ago on Dec. 19, 2011, 3:53 p.m. EST by singlemom99 (57) from Bethlehem, PA
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I stayed in a hotel this weekend because I wanted to just get away and relax in a whirl pool. The hotel was decent. It was empty tho. They have 150 rooms and probably only 20 were being occupied. For anyone who needs a place to live but can't afford it, go to a near by hotel and make a deal with the GM. Included is water, heat, a bed, tv, wifi, free breakfast and most likely a gym. I'm thinking about doing it and so should you. It will help you and the owner. There should be no one living on the streets in america, there is a bed made for everyone.

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[-] 1 points by AFarewellToKings (1486) 2 years ago

No Vacancy for a hundred miles in Philadelphia July 4th ; )

[-] 1 points by singlemom99 (57) from Bethlehem, PA 2 years ago

I will be in Philly, I don't live far away! Can't wait!!

[-] 0 points by ronjj (-241) 2 years ago

Great idea, but you will probably have to wait until after 6:30 to check in and checkout time is 11:00 unless it looks like a deal would benefit the hotel for another night, but if reservations come in for the weekend, count yourself out of the street again. Then you will have to wait for a place at the shelter which may or may not be taking any more.

But a good idea.

[-] 1 points by singlemom99 (57) from Bethlehem, PA 2 years ago

No you can make a 90 day deal.

[-] 0 points by ronjj (-241) 2 years ago

So what is this 90 day deal that you are talking about that would help solve part of the problem with people not being able to find affordable housing.

[-] 1 points by singlemom99 (57) from Bethlehem, PA 2 years ago

I guess what I'm trying to say is that there are all these big hotels in smaller cities that are not being occupied. I can't see how the owner of these buildings are making any profit. The way to make profit is fix up the hotel and rooms a little and turn it into a condo for people to live in. The owner has to have a good heart for it to work. Thats the problem.

[-] 0 points by ronjj (-241) 2 years ago

Well, I can only assume that you are talking business here and not a government controlled housing project.

Business is business. It is a lot cheaper to leave a room vacant that it is to let someone live in it for free, or for maybe 10% of its going rate, or 20$, or 30%. What is the figure that you want to use - at some point you reach a break even point and it might be possible as long as that point is not so low that you lose all of your full pay customers because they would be the ones actually paying for the reduced rates, if in effect those rates did not cover the actual costs of having the room rented out: laundry costs, maid service costs, increased heating-cooling costs, and on and on.

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