CLEVELAND- The countdown for the Republican National Convention is on and the demand for hotel rooms in the Cleveland area is growing by the week..
Downtown hotels, including the Wyndham Cleveland at PlayhouseSquare, are already booked to capacity. Other hotels secured as convention properties.
"We had to commit our room inventory, 90 to 95 percent of our room inventory, to even go after the convention," said Brian Moloney, general manager of the Wyndham, and head of the local chapter of the Ohio Hotel and Lodging Association.
Moloney said hotels not labeled as RNC properties are pretty much dictating their own price, with visitors paying hefty price tags.
"If they're not involved in the group blocks and they didn't sign a contract, he is allowed to run his business accordingly," Moloney said.
During a search of websites including Kayak.com and Hotels.com, we found some hotels charging 17-times more than their normal rates.
For a single room at the Super 8 in Strongsville with a check-in of July 18, 2016, the start of the convention, checking out the following Monday, it is listed at $749 a night. That same room listed at $45.00 a night now.
A Radisson property in Eastlake charging $585 for the convention. On Monday, that same room $85. University Hotel and Suites, $369 for the convention, $80 right now.
The cheapest we found online, the Ramada at the Cleveland airport, $60 a night during the convention and $58 now.
Is this legal?
“It is, it is. It's called rack rate and they're allowed to charge as much as they're allowed to," Moloney said.
Destination Cleveland told FOX 8 the Cleveland host committee has reserved 17,000 rooms for the convention so far and is still making working to secure even more hotels.
But again, if they're not an officially RNC labeled property, get ready to travel farther and pay more, since those hotels are determining their own rates.