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Dropbear
27th of May 2009 (Wed), 01:00
Hi All. Long time lurker, not very frequent poster..

I'm beginning to look into the hire of hotel accomodation for G/N type shoots. There is the typical 'stealth' approach - just rent the room for one night, not let the hotel know you'll be using it for photography etc, "sneak" the gear in etc. Maybe use the room for yourself and your SO after the shoot etc.

What other ways do you hire hotel space?

Have you ever negotiated a lower room rate for partial day usage? If so how did you get around the socially awkward issue of enquiring about hourly rates?
How successful have you been negotiating lower rates ? what sort of discount etc?

Joetaco
27th of May 2009 (Wed), 01:35
Hmm... don't quote me, but, my most recent job was at an Embassy Suites here in Los Angeles. If my knowledge serves me correct, just rent a room...end of story. You don't need to sneak your gear in, you don't need to sneak a model in, you don't need to do anything sketchy or discretely...they won't ask if you act normal.

I'm used to seeing photographers come and go as needed when they stay here on their own business trips. I'm sure many are wedding photogs that fly in for their clients or what not. They don't need to sneak their camera gear in, some even ask for the bellman's cart to lug their gear in, and if they did do a photoshoot in their room...so be it. People drink and do other activities in their rooms, as long as it's not dangerous to the hotel or it's guests, or lewd or unlawful acts, it cool. I'm sure people fly to L.A all the time and stay at hotels with call girls or bring ladies with mini skirts and heels on back after a club or what not. At the Embassy I worked at, as long as they're not obnoxious or throwing a huge party, we don't even ask.

As far as special treatment for renting a room for an hour or two, I think hotels might tell you to check into a motel. Put yourself in their shoes... you walk into a hotel with a hot model/lady, with a large suspicious case, asking for hourly rates... go figure. But what do I know? Maybe they do, with my hotel I'm almost 99.99% positive my hotel would not give you and hourly room. We've had wedding photogs come and shoot weddings and portraits all over the hotel and lobby, as our hotel is very flashy and fancy. Never had an issue with that, I even spoke with some of them on occasion. Everything was okay...as long as they or the clients were guests of the hotel. You can't just barge in and do a photoshoot and not be a guest.

Oh, you could double check it you WANT, but if you do a photoshoot in a room on a bed or sofa, I don't think you'd need to let any hotel staff know...I personally wouldn't. As far as legality, I assume, as far as no hotel logos are in your photos, you don't need to worry. And if you don't want to be bothered and also would like to be courteous to other guests, bring a black backdrop to cover/block off the window. You would not want to let any "bad" people seeing strobes pop off and let them know that there's tons of photo gear for a photoshoot sitting in you're room ready to disappear the second you step out for ice or something. Also, you wouldn't want the appearance of a crazy party poppin' off in your room because the strobes are poppin off during you're shoot.

Bottom line, I've seen flashes go off in rooms, whether it's drunk girls taking new myspace photos, or photogs possibly doing shoots, there's nothing wrong with it. What if a photog was here with his family on an assignment and decided to have some fun taking cool photos of his kids or wife with strobes in their room, we wouldn't bother him, unless the flashes got really outta hand and were shining into others rooms.

Good luck.

Karl Johnston
27th of May 2009 (Wed), 01:44
Wow, I wanted an answer to this question too, ironically, and came looking and here it is..top of the page.

Dropbear
27th of May 2009 (Wed), 03:19
Thank you for the time and effort of that detailed reply JoeTaco. Always good to hear from both sides of the argument.

AxxisPhoto
27th of May 2009 (Wed), 09:37
I do a lot shoots in hotel rooms. Usually it's a model from out of town, and we set up a time to shoot. As for "sneaking" in gear, don't even bother. I have never been asked what am I doing, etc. while carrying in 2 big equipment bags.

My main portfolio image was shoot at a hotel in downtown Chicago with the windows open!! :) We really gave the neighbors in the building across the street a good show!

All you need to do is ask about 1/2 day rates. Some hotels offer them, some don't. And you don't have to tell the hotel about anything you are doing. Also, I agree with JoeTaco about the hourly thing. Most upscale hotels will be suspicous if you ask about hourly rates.

Mark_Cohran
27th of May 2009 (Wed), 09:45
I've used hotels many times as makeshift studios. When I do so, I pack additional materials (fabric or backdrops) so I can cover the usually awful looking bed spreads and sofa cushions in the room. There is no need to sneak in at all. Just rent the room, set up your gear, do your shoot, and leave the room in good shape when you leave. A large suite is great for shooting and there are a couple of hotels on the Oregon coast where I usually rent rooms for shoots at least once or twice a year.

Hotel rooms aren't always cheaper than studios, and sometime the ceiling heights can be a problem, but they do offer some versatility.

notmydog
27th of May 2009 (Wed), 15:10
Thanks all, a very useful thread.

Somewhat related, have you ever found that models were concerned about meeting up at a motel for a shoot? If this is an issue, an concerns if they want to bring an friend/escort to the shoot?

Mark_Cohran
27th of May 2009 (Wed), 15:15
Thanks all, a very useful thread.

Somewhat related, have you ever found that models were concerned about meeting up at a motel for a shoot? If this is an issue, an concerns if they want to bring an friend/escort to the shoot?

You discuss it in advance. I've never had much of a problem with friends or escorts. I often put them to work after telling them the rules - don't interfere with the shoot, don't talk to the model when I'm shooting, etc. And I make that clear to the model in advance. Others have a strict no escort rule - but that's how they operate.

4honor
28th of May 2009 (Thu), 11:00
Sweet thread! I have been wondering the same thing, but after renting/shooting in a motel once, it's really not that complicated... I'd say don't make it harder than it is. Just act normal, then both the hotel and model should feel comfortable and everything will be ok.

As someone else pointed out, I just realized that a hotel room can be cheaper than renting a photo studio! :D

Chief44
5th of June 2009 (Fri), 06:09
Some places will have forms for people to sign stating they cant take photographers but I have yet been to one like that and ours certainly doesn't care. In a general sense I don't think it ever enters into employees or managers minds. ive never had an issue with shooting in the rooms of any motel I have rented. Now on the hourly rate, you want find that at any of the chains or majority of independent ones. Now lower end establishments can or will negotiate hourly or half day rates but its all really a matter of asking. We never do here and never have (I work at a motel aswell)

alessandro2009
6th of June 2009 (Sat), 04:17
I don't think hotel room are comfortable to take pictures, the rooms are always full of objects and the light is bad.
Also the chances of misunderstandings with the models are higher.

aznsoccerstar11
7th of June 2009 (Sun), 18:21
agreed. and who covers the cost?

i think that many places can be found much easier than this.

asysin2leads
7th of June 2009 (Sun), 18:32
I don't think hotel room are comfortable to take pictures, the rooms are always full of objects and the light is bad.
Also the chances of misunderstandings with the models are higher.

Isn't that why you bring lighting with you? If you rent the $39 Motel 6 special, then you'll run into some issues w/ small rooms and objects in the way. Which leads me to the next answer (see below)

agreed. and who covers the cost?


If they are paying for your services, then you figure that into the prices. The same as you would with anything extra. If you're doing a TFP/TFCD, then I guess you pick up the tab.

alessandro2009
9th of June 2009 (Tue), 02:34
May be in some Countries it is easier but here in Italy if it continues in this way will be required the papal bull!

The equipment necessary for good lighting is always cumbersome despite using flash and trigger is possible reduce the total amount of space and especially in some parts of Italy is frequent that certain spaces are often not granted for such uses.

colormaniac
23rd of August 2010 (Mon), 01:31
Good information here. Thanks!

I have a further question. Is a room with just one double bed big enough for a photoshoot inside? Or should it be a bigger room like a room with queen bed or a room with two beds?

FlyingPhotog
23rd of August 2010 (Mon), 01:35
And don't be a cheap SOB... Tip The Maid!

harcosparky
28th of August 2010 (Sat), 20:31
I just did a shoot in a hotel today.

The model was a guest there and contacted me through a mutual acquaintance.

We had a 2:00 PM appointment and I got there early, she was out so I struck up a conversation with the Desk Manager, told her I was there to meet a guest for a photo session and the manager thought that was something that could be fun. We discussed my renting a room for doing photo shoots where I could set up a few appointments for a given day, come in and set up.

She gave had a housekeeper take me to a couple of rooms to see if I thought they would work.

When I went back to tell her I liked the suites over the rooms as they were larger and actually had a separate room that could be used as a changing room. She then went on to give me some discounted rates.

She then went on to ask if when I came to do a shoot if I would be willing to fit her into the schedule. I told her I'd be happy to and she could be the first of the day so I could check out all the gear/setup!


Rent the room - hotel doesn't care so long as you are not engaged in criminal activity.

harcosparky
28th of August 2010 (Sat), 20:37
Oh ....

Bring your own light .... lots of light.

I went in using a 550EX off camera remotely using the on camera flash to trigger and I had some issues.

Of course I had to be shooting a very dark skinned model on a very bright background.

We ended up getting creative, I exposed solely for her skin which caused the background to be blown out but she loved the results.

The bathroom was a source of some interesting images as well, all those darned reflective surfaces! :lol:

colormaniac
28th of August 2010 (Sat), 22:39
Oh, it makes me want to do it, too. But the recent model who said she would like to get some lingerie pictures rejected the idea of renting a room at a hotel. She would rather take the rent money as her gas money. (Yes, I'm poor. I can't afford both the rent and the gas.)

Rum Maximus
29th of August 2010 (Sun), 02:33
Good information here. Thanks!

I have a further question. Is a room with just one double bed big enough for a photoshoot inside? Or should it be a bigger room like a room with queen bed or a room with two beds?

A lot of that depends on the hotel. For example, here in Vegas you can get a crappy little room at the Hotel 6 with a queen bed and still not have space to move around. Go to the Rio on the other hand and their smallest "room" is actually a suite with several options for shooting in different spots. I think that as a general rule, size of the bed isn't going to be an indication of how large the room itself is.

HeatherOrr
29th of August 2010 (Sun), 10:49
As a full-time model and sometime photographer, I see this issue from both sides. It depends entirely upon the type of photo that you wish to take to answer some of these questions, such as "is it better to have a twin, queen, king or California king bed"? Well, if you are looking for glamour, you generally want to portray a "luxurious" quality, so a big bed is best with a clean background to the photo. If you are doing more artistic nudes, the cheapest motel you can find with wood panelling and a tiny bed is often a good choice.

As a model, I often work in hotel/motel rooms. Many times, the photographer will rent the room and include the cost as part of my payment as I can then use it for an overnight stay when I'm out of town. I love staying in private motels as there is a LOT of character. Ask to see the room before you rent it if you have questions. :)

jaykilgore
29th of August 2010 (Sun), 11:14
I agree with Heather, for sure view the room or rooms before jumping head first in. Second you don't need to check with them, but it doesn't hurt to ask. Here in Colorado, there's a very nice hotel that will give you four hours free if you want to shoot in their room. No strings or anything attached.

colormaniac
29th of August 2010 (Sun), 11:30
Thanks for the suggestions about room size! I asked that questions because most of my experience in portraiture is in a "studio". I used to have a studio in my living room. But now I moved to a much smaller place and find it hard to set up the lights. So, I usually feel like that it's hard to do when there is not much space.

pearts
29th of August 2010 (Sun), 11:32
if want to shoot in a motel room, make a bid for a room on www.priceline.com. sometime you get small rooms, somtimes big ones, but either way you know you paid very discounted rates

USER876
30th of August 2010 (Mon), 12:24
Some of the local pro boudoir photographers around here have contacts with local hotels for the shoots.

I would just book the room, but if you tell them it's for you only, and then you walk with with a model in a miniskirt, I dunno.....they may think something is going on.

colormaniac
14th of September 2010 (Tue), 22:34
This idea suddenly came to mind. What about storage company? Maybe they have empty storage room for rent for a few hours. Has anyone done this before?

Gr8outdrsmn
15th of September 2010 (Wed), 04:49
Great thread! Some really good info. Thanks everyone.

I'm liking where it's going to, other possible rent-able locations.

I am just getting into this niche of photography, so any ideas like this are sure to help!

Roadhammer
15th of September 2010 (Wed), 08:40
This is definately a great thread. Lots of great ideas and experiences coming out of it. To get the most bang for your buck I would definately rent a nice suite for the day and then book multiple models. this way here if it is expensive you offset that by having multiple shoots. I also like the storage company idea as you can rent a huge space for say $120.00/mth up here. Most have at least one power outlet and you can pick and choose the months that you want it for.

picard
17th of September 2010 (Fri), 16:46
you guys have to watch out for bedbugs. Hotels tend to be infected with bugs.

Ezekiel97
19th of September 2010 (Sun), 00:08
I've been living in a hotel since june, decided I might as well try to shoot while I am here. I asked the front desk about it, told me to let them know whenever I wanted a room and they told me i could check out all the suites and pick whichever I wanted, and they'd only charge me for time used, not a full overnight stay.

Rum Maximus
19th of September 2010 (Sun), 20:43
This is definately a great thread. Lots of great ideas and experiences coming out of it. To get the most bang for your buck I would definately rent a nice suite for the day and then book multiple models. this way here if it is expensive you offset that by having multiple shoots. I also like the storage company idea as you can rent a huge space for say $120.00/mth up here. Most have at least one power outlet and you can pick and choose the months that you want it for.

That's actually a pretty good idea, especially if it's one of the climate controlled interior places.

I looked up U-Haul Storage here in Vegas (which is all climate controlled interior units) and a 10'x20' unit runs $175/month which is pretty good if you shoot a lot.

SnJPhoto
19th of September 2010 (Sun), 22:07
Its been a while but the last time I stayed at The Standard hotel in downtown Los Angeles they had a disclaimer that prohibited commercial photography/video in their hotel. I presume this was related to common areas but you never know.

Cheers.

DisrupTer911
20th of September 2010 (Mon), 08:24
For those people who said a model wont come to a home studio or a hotel room, what makes you think they'll come to a U-Store storage facility....that sounds even more shady then a home studio IMO...

I agree, it's the most cost effective way to rent space for shooting but it just sounds so non-legit for you as an aspiring pro to tell someone to come to your storage unit...

Mark_Cohran
20th of September 2010 (Mon), 09:39
I don't know about your area, but here in my city, many studios will rent space by the day, half-day, or the hour. I can't justify the cost of maintaining a permanent studio, so I rent time/space as needed.

DisrupTer911
20th of September 2010 (Mon), 12:37
That's what I do as well. Especially for our meetups, $350/8hrs split between 15 people is pretty cheap for the studio we use and plenty big as it has 2 rooms, dressing room, & outdoor area.

Gr8outdrsmn
20th of September 2010 (Mon), 13:50
My local photo store has a studio they rent: $75 for a 2 hour block, $500 for 10 - 2 hour blocks, and $800 for 20 - 2 hour blocks.

I just bought 10 blocks, to see how it works for me. I prefer location shoots, but if it is requested I will use the studio...still charging the client the $75 of course ;-) haha.

Strayz
20th of September 2010 (Mon), 15:10
I don't know about your area, but here in my city, many studios will rent space by the day, half-day, or the hour. I can't justify the cost of maintaining a permanent studio, so I rent time/space as needed.

Yeah, here in Portland this is one of the better options. Some of them have really large studios for rent that you could easly shoot motorcycles in not quite cars but hey 8 hour block for ~$170 ish for a flipping HUGE (20 Ft wide, 60 ft deep and 30 Ft ceelings) studio is so worth it.

Rum Maximus
24th of September 2010 (Fri), 23:08
For those people who said a model wont come to a home studio or a hotel room, what makes you think they'll come to a U-Store storage facility....that sounds even more shady then a home studio IMO...

I agree, it's the most cost effective way to rent space for shooting but it just sounds so non-legit for you as an aspiring pro to tell someone to come to your storage unit...

Yeah, in hindsight that admittedly does sound pretty serial killer-ish.

ImOohTooNice
1st of October 2010 (Fri), 07:46
I just booked a hotel for an upcoming shoot. I looked into studios and noticed how pricey they are in NYC... Some studios have said $60+ an hour, and there was one that flat out said $1,200 for the day.... That's a MONTHS worth of rent! I figured that if I book a hotel room from hotwire.com or any other site, I'll get away with a room for about $120-$150 for the day. This is my first time doing a hotel shoot so lets see how it goes!

jaykilgore
1st of October 2010 (Fri), 10:33
Walk in to the hotel and do everything as you normally would. if you act suspicious or nervous, they will pick up on it.

It's your room for the night!

lens pirate
1st of October 2010 (Fri), 12:00
I rent hotels all the time for G&N. Hotels don't care in my world. I have only one out of maybe 40 models refuse to go to the room. What ever lots of fish in the sea.

ImOohTooNice
1st of October 2010 (Fri), 13:32
Exactly! Even though its the first time I am doing this shoot, I asked the models in advance if they're comfy with the idea. This way I know if I want to book or not. Why waste the money if a model will back out. Also lucky I asked more then one, and each one has said yes.

ImOohTooNice
4th of October 2010 (Mon), 07:09
Just to update anyone who is interested. After getting a hotel from hotwire.com it was a successful shoot. When I got to the hotel, I spoke to the person at front desk, who I hadn't known at the time was the director of front desk. He even advised me that instead of a King size bed in the room I should go to the room with 2 twin size bed as the room as bigger. I asked if I could still take the king, and when I went in, boy was he right. I called him, and he's like I knew you'd call the room with the 2 beds are set for you. That room was much larger. With 3 models, and 3 other girls for the creative team, this was a fun and successful shoot. The director even gave me his card to call him in the future for other shoots so that he can offer me a different rate.

nhglamour
5th of October 2010 (Tue), 11:47
Just a quick question for you guys, what hotels do you guys usually shoot in?

I looked at Marriott's website and some of their rooms are very nice and in good size. I called the ones in my area and they don't offer hourly rate. $150 to $200 for a night is a bit much, consider I will only be in there for 4 to 5 hours.

I know I can't get the best of both worlds, so I am willing to get a little cheaper rate for a bit smaller or not as nice room to shoot in for couple hours.

sas8888
5th of October 2010 (Tue), 22:05
A lot of the hotels especially around the airports will will offer day rates. These are usually for people that have layovers and want a place to relax for a couple of hours. This rate can be greatly reduced over the normal nightly rate. It also depends on how long you are going to stay as they are able to sell the room again for someone coming in that night.
I am a hotel owner and we have worked with several photographers and magazines depending on what they were looking for up to and including doing a couple of playboy shoots. Usually if you are upfront with the hotel that you want to work with and talk to the manager or owner then they can offer you things that you normally wouldn't have know about or would have payed extra for. They might also offer you a different time or day to better suit both you and the hotel. Just be upfront. Better to be relaxed then stressed out.

nhglamour
6th of October 2010 (Wed), 18:55
I checked out couple hotels by the local airport yesterday and found one I really like to use for a shoot. I contacted the manager today, but he said they don't do hourly rent. I guess I will just have to keep on calling and hope to get lucky soon.

saturnin
6th of October 2010 (Wed), 18:59
umm.. u dont rent for one hr....u rent for the day and shoot the crap out of the girl or two girls or whatever... renting a hotel hourly is rather silly..or is is just me?

colormaniac
6th of October 2010 (Wed), 19:09
What about 4-6 hours? Even if it is a half day rate, it's still much cheaper.

saturnin
6th of October 2010 (Wed), 19:12
u can get hotels for 1hr but they are crappy ones that you wouldnt want to sit on the bed fully clothed....

200-300bux for a nice hotel is nothing... shoot all day long... if u cant afford that find another place to shoot like your friends nice house...etc... i would never approach a hotel to ask to use a room for 1 hr..its kinda silly in my world. A studio setting i understand, u get half day etc etc.. but a hotel. NAH

sas8888
6th of October 2010 (Wed), 19:58
Ask for the half day rate

USER876
6th of October 2010 (Wed), 20:38
I called around, none of the big chain ones offered much. Some offered a day rate of ~50 dollars, but you had to be done by 1-2 pm.

colormaniac
6th of October 2010 (Wed), 20:47
I called around, none of the big chain ones offered much. Some offered a day rate of ~50 dollars, but you had to be done by 1-2 pm.
Did you call the chain's national hotline or the particular hotels? I guess the former will usually say no as day rate may not have been an established policy to them.

sas8888
6th of October 2010 (Wed), 21:19
Its also better to talk to them in person its just easier to say no over the phone, but if you are there in person and would like to talk to the manager or front desk manager they can put a face to the voice and try to figure out if you are for real or trying to do a little funny business. The 1-800 numbers for these hotels will always say no as they don't have the control of the rooms for that short of stay its usually handled locally as they need to coordinate cleaning to come in and make the room available to sell that night. When I am traveling I am usually able to stay until 6pm at the latest for a half day rate when I just took an overnight flight and would like to rest as I sometimes pick up layovers of 8 to 10 hours. It would also be good to have a small portfolio to show them.

john69az
6th of October 2010 (Wed), 22:51
A lot of that depends on the hotel. For example, here in Vegas you can get a crappy little room at the Hotel 6 with a queen bed and still not have space to move around. Go to the Rio on the other hand and their smallest "room" is actually a suite with several options for shooting in different spots. I think that as a general rule, size of the bed isn't going to be an indication of how large the room itself is.

Great Thread. I agree the Rio is a great place to shoot in Vegas, BTDT! :D

Rum Maximus
7th of October 2010 (Thu), 01:41
Great Thread. I agree the Rio is a great place to shoot in Vegas, BTDT! :D

I'm actually putting together plans for a day next week to hit the Rio again for shooting. They're running some great prices and getting a 1600sq/ft Masquerade suite for $200 is pretty slick. Even the regular suites are going for $50-$60 midweek.

USER876
7th of October 2010 (Thu), 13:41
Did you call the chain's national hotline or the particular hotels? I guess the former will usually say no as day rate may not have been an established policy to them.

I called a local branch. I suppose if they are not busy at the last minute they may take something over nothing. They explicitly say there is no hourly rate, but they may negotiate something with you up until a certain time. In my area the hotels are always booked, so it's a hard sell on my part.

nhglamour
7th of October 2010 (Thu), 18:23
Sas8888,

You are right. I followed your advice and called a couple hotels in the area. I spoke to a manager who arranged special deal. I finally able to get a regular guestroom with king size bed for $100 for 5 hours (half day rate). But the downside is I have to pay upfront and it is non-refundable.

I also called another hotel that is in the same chain. But that particular one doesn't offer such a great deal, even though both have the same name on top of their buildings.

colormaniac
7th of October 2010 (Thu), 18:28
I called a local branch. I suppose if they are not busy at the last minute they may take something over nothing. They explicitly say there is no hourly rate, but they may negotiate something with you up until a certain time. In my area the hotels are always booked, so it's a hard sell on my part.
Oh, it may take some bad turnovers there for them to appreciate your offer.

nhglamour
7th of October 2010 (Thu), 18:38
I just think that the economy is bad, every industry suffers from it. I would think that renting out unoccupied rooms for couple hours and get some profit is a good way to make some money.

sas8888
7th of October 2010 (Thu), 19:34
Most Hotels are independently owned. They only fly the flag of the different chains. The flags show the customer the quality and type of hotel you are looking at. For the owner sets up access to national advertising and reservation services. That is why even though you talked to one XYZ brand the XYZ brand down the road would have different rules they are probably run by different owners.

ImOohTooNice
12th of October 2010 (Tue), 06:58
So far I've used hotwire.com. Didn't get a big room but enough room to shoot in. I had talk to the director of front desk, and he recommended me that I go with the room with 2 beds instead of the one with the king. I had thought that the king bed would have a bigger but I check it out and was alot smaller than the room with 2 beds. Paid $150 for the day, had 3 models to work with, also had mua, and wardrobe stylist. So in a sense the amount I paid was worth it as we were there for the full day, plus mua and wardrobe stylist who weren't from around city, got a place to spend the night.

nhglamour
12th of October 2010 (Tue), 12:47
You are lucky to get 3 models, MUA, and wardrobe stylist all lined up for the shoot. That $150 you spent sounds totally worth it.

I would love to arrange couple models for a shoot, but it is just difficult. I will be doing my first hotel shoot this coming Thursday. It will be a room with king size bed. I will see how it works out. I hope I will have enough space to move around, etc.

hawk911
12th of October 2010 (Tue), 15:48
I just think that the economy is bad, every industry suffers from it. I would think that renting out unoccupied rooms for couple hours and get some profit is a good way to make some money.

but they still have to send staff in to clean it again after you leave...

Rum Maximus
12th of October 2010 (Tue), 21:54
but they still have to send staff in to clean it again after you leave...

Thing is, housekeeping staff is being paid for being there regardless of whether they're cleaning a room up or not. So it's not like it costs them significantly extra to clean the room.

nhglamour
13th of October 2010 (Wed), 01:18
Thing is, housekeeping staff is being paid for being there regardless of whether they're cleaning a room up or not. So it's not like it costs them significantly extra to clean the room.

That is true. It is not like the more rooms they clean, the more money they make.

hawk911
13th of October 2010 (Wed), 08:07
my wife and I stayed in a very nice place this weekend- it was a prize from a photo contest I won thru a local paper here... the room rate was $350 a night. I'd rent it again in a heartbeat for pics with my wife! I wonder if they are on hotwire :)

this was the "living room" part of the 2 room suite:

http://hawkphotography.smugmug.com/photos/1044114559_mFFgr-L.jpg

sctbiggs
13th of October 2010 (Wed), 08:11
I typically just ask for the 20 minute rate... i appreciate what's going down and all but I'm busy and got other things to do when I'm done... ooh wait, we're talking about for taking photos... :)

TheBrick3
17th of October 2010 (Sun), 19:41
I think working out a regular discounted rate with somesort of conference center/resort. Outside of the summer, they tend to be really vacant and would welcome any income. Plus they have nice, big rooms.