Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Crass Commercialism Hotel

Blatant Ads on everything from the sheets to the toilet paper
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Discount hotel room chain with advertisers featured in everything from the sheets to the toilet paper, from the welcome mat to the ceiling. Advertising programs can be designed into almost anything including the wake-up alarm (can play the corporate jingle instead of a buzzer), window shades, bedlamp, the possibilities are endless. Varying discounts depending on advertising "intensity": Half priced for moderate advertising, quarter priced for prime-time TV level, one tenth of the price/free for head splitting crass commercialism!

Special out-of-towner rooms can be designed with local businesses featured as advertisers.

3rdworld, Sep 16 2002

Ad-funded house http://www.halfbake...a/Ad-funded_20house
The same idea for houses. [Aristotle, Sep 16 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

The Sound of Silence http://www.medialab...of.silence.lyr.html
Simon and Garfunkel. [8th of 7, Sep 16 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]

KeyAd http://www.keyad.com/
Put an ad on the room's card key. [BinaryCookies, Sep 17 2002]

Beach Billboard http://www.beachnbi...rd.com/04images.htm
sand advertising [ty6, Sep 17 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]


       The beauty of this is that if you have to stay in a cut-price ad hotel, you probably don't have the money to buy any of the products and services advertised. +
calum, Sep 16 2002

       A pot of gold for the nearsighted and partially deaf ....
8th of 7, Sep 16 2002

       Absolutely, 8th of 7. Who was it said, "how beautiful the signs of NY would be to one who could not read"?
pfperry, Sep 16 2002

       "And the people bowed and prayed, To the neon God they made...... "   

8th of 7, Sep 16 2002

       As long as pop-up ads are prohibited.. (sit on toilet, SPRING! Big sign pops up in front of your face..)   

       You could call it the "Gator Lodge", but I think that name's already been taken...
Mr Burns, Sep 16 2002

       As featured in the movie Josie and the Pussycats (where the wall of Josie's hotel room was a giant advert for Revlon, if i remember right, and other advertising abounded).
pottedstu, Sep 16 2002

       ..and Cast Away... (Fedex, fedex fedex, Fed-ex, fedexfedexfedex, fedex, Fed-Ex)
Mr Burns, Sep 16 2002

       What's even better is that you can wipe your arse with the adverts of a company you *really* dislike.
Would you get adverts in the fortune cookies, too? "You will have a long and prosperous life, thanks to -xxx- beauty products, -yyy- health foods and the -zzz- platinum card, with a competitive interest rate of -zz-%"

       Have a croissant, sponsored by Nj2K International.
NickTheGreat, Sep 16 2002

       Great idea! Advertising makes so many other things free or less expensive... why not hotels? I'd stay in one; although, I'd have to go with one of the half- or quarter-priced suites. I don't think I could stand one where it was *EVERYWHERE*. I wouldn't mind it in the bathroom, though. For that matter, they could put a screen in the shower and show non-stop ads... And how about a magazine full of ads for the toilet? There is a movement (ha ha) I've noticed lately that has been putting ad posters in public bathroom stalls... maybe this is the beginning?   

       [this annotation brought to you by Bull$h!t Telecommunications]
stephee, Sep 16 2002

       Reminds me of a time when my house was being painted and we had to stay in a hotel room for two nights. There was an ad for Pizza Hut on the room's card key. See link.
BinaryCookies, Sep 17 2002

       The rooms with the deepest discounts would have a webcam allowing the resident to be viewed for a price.   

       Also, upon checkout you would have to listen to a pitch for a TRULY relaxing resort close by.
hyfen, Sep 17 2002

       If it's a beachfront hotel, you can now hit the beach also. [link]
ty6, Sep 17 2002

       It wouldn't work if there were too many ads -- you wouldn't notice them. Better to try product placement in rooms. Open the minibar and there's only brand X liquor, but it's free. The shampoo is a name brand and is large enough to be worth stealing. Condoms on the bedside table. And there's a free small pizza ready to be delivered to your room from some chain pizzeria.
horripilation, Nov 11 2002

       //It wouldn't work if there were too many ads -- you wouldn't notice them.//Sp: woik
If there was a billboard-sized ad for coffee emblazoned across the wall facing the bed or on the ceiling, would you fall asleep easier?
thumbwax, Nov 11 2002

       I just wouldn't go there. But if they gave me free coffee of that brand, I might drink it and like and start buying it.
horripilation, Nov 11 2002

       But I thought the whole point of this was discount rooms with the *downside* of being advertised at all the time. I mean, a discount room with free samples? Sign me up!
catfish25, Nov 11 2002

       I'd stay there in a country where I didn't speak the language so I didn't have any compulsion to read the ads.   

       Like if your computer identifies itself as being in France, all the banner ads start coming up in French. Very handy.
rowlycat, Dec 20 2002

       "Make x free/cheap by putting ads on it."   

       This is much less silly than the free house, but it still wouldn't work out. Ad-views are worth fractions of a cent; when thousands are shown together and the viewer is someone who's willing to put up with fantastic amounts of unpleasantness to earn a discount -- a little-coveted demographic -- the price goes down. Existing hotels, even discount hotels, generally don't pelt their customers with ads because the revenue doesn't offset the lost goodwill.
Monkfish, Dec 20 2002

wagster, Aug 20 2012


       a.k.a. the boarding gate.
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 20 2012


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