Folks say that WWDC is the one time where everyone in our
community can get together, but frankly, the price of hotels in
San Francisco has made that statement a bit disingenuous. Many —
if not most — of us can’t afford to make it to this party, so
maybe this is no longer the party for “everyone.” Maybe it’s time
we acknowledged that WWDC has become a bit of a luxury, as much as
that pains me to say.
San Francisco hotels have gotten really expensive. Looking at Priceline, four-star hotels in the general vicinity of Moscone are double — if not more — the price they were just a few years ago. To name just one example, the Parc 55 cost me around $250/night in June 2013. In 2011, I booked a room at the Parc 55 through Hotwire for $115/night. That seems downright comical today. This year, rooms at the Parc 55 are running over $400/night. That’s a lot of money for the whole week — particularly considering that the Parc 55 really stretches the definition of “4-star”.
It costs more to book a decent hotel in San Francisco now than it does in Manhattan.
Update: San Francisco hotels aren’t just expensive — according to Bloomberg they are now the most expensive in the entire world. Thanks to Chris Mohajer.
★ Wednesday, 20 April 2016