According to a study recently released by one of the major players in the global budget lodging industry, budget hotels in Washington D.C. ranked the highest of the 25 major cities evaluated for “overall quality.” Some in the industry suggest that there may be a relationship between Washington D.C. drawing so many political activists throughout the year and the higher quality of the more affordable hotels and motels. It’s a theory that makes sense.
“Protests can actually be good for business in the District,” reported Fox News on November 18, 2011
. “In D.C., a protest is a destination event. People from all over the country arrive to protest for or against abortion rights, for or against immigration reform, for or against tax hikes. And that means new customers.” According to Fox News, the D.C. Chamber of Commerce’s executive director, Margaret Singleton, notes the increase in sales in the business community during political protests.
In the evaluation
conducted by CheapHotels.org, budget hotels in 25 major cities throughout the nation were rated for “overall quality,” using customer evaluation data from Priceline.com. Budget hotels were defined as those with a 2 to 2.5 star rating. According to the results of the evaluation, 61 percent of Washington D.C. budget hotels earned a positive rating, with 23 percent receiving a neutral or average rating and 16 percent getting a negative grade.
Other major cities ranked significantly lower, with Los Angeles budget hotel satisfaction ratings coming in at the bottom slot. Just 28 percent of respondents rated Los Angeles budget hotels positively for “overall quality,” with 30 percent getting a neutral or average rating and 42 percent receiving a negative rating. San Diego, San Francisco, and New York City did not fare much better than Los Angeles, garnering positive ranking percentages only in the 30’s. Boston, Chicago, and Nashville had positive rankings for “overall quality” in budget hotels in the low 40 percent range, with Houston, Dallas, and Jacksonville earning slightly higher positive ratings in the upper 40 percent range.
What helps to keep the quality of budget hotels in Washington D. C. higher than the average is that there is a greater demand for affordable rooms. It is a hub of political activity, drawing great numbers of average Americans throughout the year for the purpose of participating in the political process. For those of us in other parts of the nation, where affordable rooms of good quality may be a bit more difficult to find, there are ways to increase our odds of success. Reputable chain motels have company wide standards to meet and can be a good choice. Sites that specialize in budget accommodations, like CheapHotels.org
, can be a valuable resource for information on budget hotel rooms available in your travel destination.