May I have a copy of your tariff please? Not an unreasonable question and one that used to be an easy request to comply with. In the good old days a hotel had a tariff for the year and that was the price you paid for your bedroom. If you were lucky there were seasonal rates.
Then about 10 years ago along came the low cost airlines who based their business model on being able to set their ticket prices according to supply and demand. Closely followed behind them were third party hotel web sites such as; Booking.com and Laterooms.com (now known as OTAs or On Line Travel Agencies). Through them hotels were now able to sell unsold rooms at short notice at discounted prices paying around 15% to the third party site. In recent years these sites have ballooned and keeping your availability and rates up to date across them all is nigh on imposable. In fact we ended up paying someone to do this for us.
Now with the advent of new websites and software individual hotels have the power to change their rates whenever they wish. In addition to this the technology is able to keep the availability of the rooms always up to date. This means we can now respond to supply and demand very quickly and set competitive rates into the future. When you now look at our tariff page now this is part of what you will see;
What the new tariff page looks like
The day of the month is displayed across the top and the room types down the left hand side. This allows you to see the bed and breakfast price for any given day, up to a year in advance. Either book on line or call us and we will quote the same price shown on our website. Given time I hope to be able to put up special offers and use promotional codes to give exclusive offers to those people who choose to receive our newsletter.
I hope that we are now able to offer our best rates to everyone all the time and not just those people who have the patience to go from one website to another looking for the lowest price on offer as you should always find the best price right here. So go and have a look at our tariff page now.
We are still unsure as to when we can re-open. I think it will be around the 24th May.
Gliffaes will not be open for outdoor dining only – I am afraid the numbers don’t stack up for us.
Mark Drakeford, The Welsh First Minister has given no definitive date for the opening of indoor hospitality in Wales.
This matter is further confused by the local elections on the 6th May. If Labour is returned to power he tells us that he will be minded to consider the opening of indoor hospitality on the 17th May and I guess he will give us about a week’s notice taking us to the 24th May.
Online booking is available and reception will be staffed from 9am to midday from Monday to Saturday, so please do call us.
Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you in May and beyond.
James & Susie Suter and all the team at Gliffaes.