Hotels are not at the races when it comes to the price of a room
THE RIP-OFF CULTURE that exists in Galway during the races can only be described as “utterly disgusting and opportunistic and extremely short-sighted in these toughening times”, writes Joe McElwee, a businessman from the city. In the middle of race week, McElwee rang a hotel in the city which he uses frequently for business purposes. The corporate rate is approximately €68 per night, he says, but the price he was quoted for a single room on the night in question was €299. He gave his name and the name of his company and pointed out that he had at least 15 of his clients stay in the hotel over the past year alone and asked if he could get a better rate, “but the answer was an emphatic no”.