High hotel prices for Purdue Family Weekend

If you do a search for hotels in Greater Lafayette for the weekend of November 2-4, the results may shock you.

Posted: Sep 18, 2018 7:17 PM
Updated: Sep 19, 2018 5:17 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — If you do a search for hotels in Greater Lafayette for the weekend of November 2-4, the results may shock you. That weekend is family weekend at Purdue University. 

"So it's parents weekend, not only is it parents weekend there is a football game, my daughter is also in a sorority and it's daddy daughter weekend too so it's like all combined," said parent John Tejcek. 

Tejcek's travel plans aren't working out the way he had hoped.

"I'm a Hilton member, Mariott member, I have traveled Radison and even Holiday Inn and there was nothing on all those so I searched Holiday Inn and there was an opening in Lafayette," said Tejcek. 

After searching, he said the low availability isn't what surprised him, instead it was the high price he saw on his screen. He reached out to Holiday Inn Express Lafayette East on Progress Drive to be sure what he was reading was accurate. 

"Just want to verify, I'm showing $690 is that accurate and she's like yes that's accurate," said Tejcek. 

We did some searching too - finding rooms at that Holiday Inn location priced as high as $700 to $1,000 a night.

Tejcek ended up booking a room in Logansport instead.

President and CEO of Visit Lafayette/West Lafayette Jo Wade said it's frustrating to see those prices, but her department can't control what hotels do.

"I mean 350 is a more normal rate for that weekend. They have to make up for the times that they are really slow and if they can get the rate they will," Wade said. 

InterContinental Hotels Group is responsible for licensing franchises and allowing hotels to use its brand. Like Wade, the group has no control over hotel prices.

It released a statement to News 18 saying : "The rates at IHG branded hotels are set by each franchisee. We have reached out to the independently owned and operated Holiday Inn Express and Suites Lafayette East, which has stated its belief that its pricing is aligned with appropriate rates based on local market dynamics."

Although Tejcek isn't happy about it, he plans to continue checking rates and availability at the hotel.

"It's not fair and reasonable, I would just like it to be known, and hopefully someone does the right thing," said Tejcek. 

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