I recommend staying at a hostel
if your trying to save money on your
accommodations. Not every city with a
clinic has a hostel. See next section.
Motel 6 is among the cheapest chain motels and most units are
being renovated. Some locations even have room service.
Ok, just a delivery company that advertises with Motel 6.
Many Motel 6's allow you to check in as early as
7:00 AM so you could conceivably stay for 29
hours if you check in at 7:00 AM and check out
the next day at noon. This is based on location
and availability of rooms. I have not had
any issues checking in early like 10 to noon on
any day but no guarantees on early check in.
If you need a room on a weekly basis,
Studio 6 by Motel 6 is their extended stay
product. You get a kitchen, dishes, pots,
pans and linen so you can cook your own meals
and save some money. I've stayed at one a
few times and it's much better than the cheaper
weekly's which don't come with dishes and stuff.
However with being the cheapest national chain
comes the cheap people who are not always
savory! If possible, check out the area
before checking in.
- I have actually used this many times to
name my own price and have gotten some decent
deals. I mainly stick to the 2 and 2.5
star hotels and can get them for under $50 a
night where the rack rate might be $80 or more.
Obviously the biggest downfall to bidding on a
room is that you don't know where it will be
until after you bid with your credit card and it
has been accepted which means charged and no
Just be sure you know the area you choose.
Look for the tips like the price that the last
bid was accepted for and don't waste your bid by
bidding $10 bucks cause it won't happen.
They give you some indicators to help you out.
Also, no changes or refunds if you don't like
the hotel they give you.
Keep in mind that many hotels require a deposit
at check in for incidentals.
here to read my tips on bidding for a priceline
Similar in concept to priceline, if you take the
Hotwire Hot Rate, you won't know what hotel
you'll get until you book and pay but you will
have the price which you can compare to the
going rate. Same restrictions apply, no
changes or refunds.
- For hotels that are near the
clinic, call and ask if they have a rate for the
clinic. Also check what the regular rate
is because, you know, sometimes the corporate
and government rate is higher than the standard
rate. What's up with that?
- Avoid locations by an airport.
These tend to be higher than the rest of the
- Make sure there aren't any major events which
attract out of town visitors. Of course
you'll probably figure it out when you can't find
a room or the rates are sky high or sold out.