Recently I travelled to Ipoh for an assignment. It was a 3 days 2 nights outing and had to stay at a hotel.
Being internet savvy, I do my business online through websites that arrange accomodations online. I had used such service when I travel to Hong Kong in 2004.
I searched and found a hotel that gave a good offer, nearly 50% of the rack rate exclusive taxes. So I booked for two nights and paid the dues required. Well I was given a RM73 a night Deluxe room. Settled and travel to Ipoh.
I had a surprise when I check-in. No!!! I was not shortchanged but the man behind the counter asked me why booked through the internet and mentioned the site that I made the dealing. I was told that walk-in guest can get even a lower rate than what I get through the internet. I can even get RM70 per night for walk in. So which is worth?
Maybe you had a better experience. Well, of course it will be a different story if we travel to a foreign land. Or else might lay your head on the sidewalk.