We’ve got remarkably good news for you. Some prices are not rising like a rocket. Such as? Well, those for rooms at the Hood River Hotel.
But first, bear with us. A little context, if you will. The national consumer price index shows that the collective costs for a variety of purchases has increased 7 percent since January of 2010 — roughly the last three years. Real estate has been sluggish, but gas prices (up 9% in the last year) and health care (4% in the last year) have continued to rise.
During that period, ours have increased … not at all.
Remember 1993? Gas cost $1.10 a gallon. Remember July of 2008, when gas prices hit $4.11 a gallon? Well, they’re back down to $3.50 a gallon, but not likely ever to get back to 1993 rates.
But in the last three years, room prices at the Hood River Hotel have remained basically flat. That’s right, as your cereal box gets smaller (but the price stays the same), as your bar of Irish Spring gets smaller (but the price stays the same), as your newspaper gets smaller (but the price goes up), as your cars get smaller (but the prices get larger), our rooms are available at three-years-ago prices.
Now, through the month of January, any available room, on any night is just $100. That means you get an auto upgrade if you’re looking for something roomier than one of our lovely courtyard abodes, which typically go for $99.
And, on-street parking is easy to find.
An additional note, comparing the size of our … boxes, with the size and price of theirs. Though our prices have stayed the same — or, for the season, fallen back a bit — for the last three years, we have not reduced our room sizes one tiny bit.
Take THAT, Shredded Wheat.