We found ourselves one night in Kearney, Nebraska without a reservation for a hotel room. This was supposed to be our first night of tent camping, but the 40% chance of rain and the appearance of our reserved campground led us into town in search of a hotel. We used our iPhone to search for hotels through hotels.com to check to see what was available.
A couple of suitable locations were found as we headed down the main street of town. A quick stop was made at location A as Dad went inside to get the lay of the land. It was decided that we could do better, so we crossed the street to location B which happened to be the Holiday Inn.
The kids were excited as Dad went inside to check things out because there was a sign on the exterior of the hotel was advertising Indoor Water Slides. Hotels.com had advertised rates for a room at $80 for the night. This price was presented to the front desk, and they said they would be able to match that rate for us. We were prepared to make the reservation on the lobby through hotels.com should they not choose to give us that rate. We checked into the hotel and had a great stay. The kids (and parents) had a great time at the Indoor Water Park, and we were able to get all of our laundry done in their clean laundry room. They also had a very nice restaurant adjacent to the hotel.
We were eating dinner at the restaurant when Dad had to step out into the lobby to take a phone call. There was a Mom with three children at the front desk discussing the nightly rate for a room. The clerk explained to them that the rate for the evening was $110, or $30 more than what we had negotiated with our hotels.com rate. We saved 27% that night just by taking two minutes to look up rates on our phone before walking into the lobby. That is a pretty good return on investment.
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