Posted September 25, 2019 12:08:07Why are Mackenzie Island hotel rooms booked out after being booked for the entire week?
It seems like everyone is in a hurry to book their rooms, even if it’s not the right time.
Aucklanders, for example, are booking out rooms at the Minto Island hotel while their family is in Auckland.
“I’ve been staying at the hotel for three days,” a woman from Sydney said.
“It’s been so good,” said another man.
“The hotel has been so great,” said a third man.
Many guests are staying for the night, leaving their hotel room untouched.
“We just got here last night and had a great time,” one woman from Perth said.
The reason hotels have so many empty rooms is because most people stay in hotel rooms.
“They’re in there for the nights and it’s so busy that they just sit there and do nothing,” one guest said.
We’re going to be out of our hotel room tonight, so theres no way we’re going back in.
Auckland hotel room bookings are up, and it could cost the hotel more to rent them out.
Hotel staff are also being asked to book rooms out.
“If there’s room available, we’ll book it out,” a spokesperson for the Minshull Street Hotel said.
Hotel manager Rob Koeppe said they’re working on making hotel bookings more efficient.
“Right now it’s hard to do because of how busy it is,” he said.
Hotels are not the only ones being hit by the shortage.
It’s a situation that has been unfolding at the other end of the country.
“There’s not enough rooms to stay at the Royal Auckland Hospital and there’s not much to do for the people in the city,” a resident said.
A few of the hotel rooms are being rented out because the staff are not getting the room occupancy rate they need.
“There are people in their rooms who don’t need to stay in there,” another guest said, adding that it’s been frustrating to find hotel rooms that have not been booked.
One hotel guest said the wait staff were making a point of coming into their rooms to check in before they left.
“You have to be prepared to be extra careful and look over your shoulder and be aware of the situation,” another woman said.
For many of the guests, the shortage has had a negative impact on their health.
“When we go to the hospital, we go there because of the weather and the high temperatures,” a visitor from Perth told the ABC.
“But it’s very hard to stay there when it’s really hot out and you just feel like you’re going crazy.”
The hotel is also seeing more and more guests leaving for the beach, but many people still stay at their hotel rooms due to the weather.
“People just leave and they don’t come back because of this,” a guest said of the lack of hotel room space.