The New York Times ran an article last week looking at the pros and cons of having companies organize hotels and other logistics for tournaments and for clubs and teams that travel significantly. This morning, I got a confirmation for my reservations this month for the Durango Shootout soccer tournament in Colorado. The tournament is using Room Roster to steer tournament attendees into hotels.
Negatives mentioned of having a company take care of hotel logistics include:
- Limited hotel choice, which affects travelers who like to use their hotel memberships for low-priced weekend rooms and deal seekers.
- 2 night minimum stays.
- Hotels may not be dog friendly.
- Parking charges can add on a substantial daily fee.
- Penalties for teams who do not use the booking system a tournament has chosen.
This year, RoomRoster offered our team a block of rooms in downtown Durango. It was a simple registration process for our team parents. Our team parent didn’t have to spend time calling around to different hotels looking for one or more blocks of rooms. The price for a downtown Durango hotel is $139/night, $50 less than if you were to book it yourself that weekend directly on the hotel website. The $10.00 that I spent for Room Roster (3.5% of the hotel price) is acceptable to me. Maybe if our team was a travel team and did this more multiple times a year, my opinion of this model would be different.