hubby and i have done some travel in different countries, and one thing that is handy to know, is that unlike Canada, many cultures encourage price negotiations on pretty much anything. while we may have talked about negotiations for taxi prices in India (maybe not, i can’t recall?), i wanted to point out that i was able to do some great negotiating with our hotel general manager as well. in our case, i asked if the hotel had rates for longer stays (we will be there for three weeks) and the general manager offered us approximately 30% off the posted rates. also, in the case of this hotel, the internet is not included; you have to pay a daily rate, but i was also able to negotiate 25% off of that price.
it’s also good to see if you can get things included, and in our case a daily breakfast buffet is included, so that’s a savings of a meal a day that would normally would have had to worry about. also, did i mention our place has a kitchenette? that’s so we can do some cooking and not be tied to restaurant and hotel food. plus, we can store bottled water in the fridge so we always have some on hand. i am pretty happy about that.
in my VERY limited experience, i have so far found the people of India pleasant and open to negotiation, and since the surrogacy journey can be very expensive, it can’t hurt to try to save a little where you can. after all, some of these hotels (especially if you aren’t staying in a five star) will do much better if they have positive reviews online and have cultivated a clientele of people who will pass on the word that they are a great place to stay, so try to start a relationship with the hotel manager and staff even before you arrive.
i have sent a series of emails with the hotel staff of our hotel, asking questions, showing interest, and i think this is important. you will probably get to know staff fairly well on visits of three weeks or more.
after our visit, i will blog about how the hotel was and if we would recommend it. i can’t imagine we will stay there for the long haul third visit if we are lucky enough to have a baby, because it would be soooo expensive to stay there for a few months. i am hoping we can find a small apartment or something, and this is something i will tackle once the bun is in the oven.