Rancho Bernardo Inn Adds Several New Options To ‘Survivor Package’

by staff on September 27, 2009

A satisfied customer enjoys his $19 room at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.

A satisfied customer enjoys his $19 room at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.

RANCHO BERNARDO — This past summer the Rancho Bernardo Inn offered discount rooms for as little as $19 a night to those willing to sacrifice necessities such as air conditioning, electricity, toilet paper, and a bed.

The promotion, known as the ‘survivor package,’ caught the attention of major news organizations and the Rancho Bernardo Inn instantly achieved nation-wide recognition.

Now the hotel is pushing the envelope once again by bringing back the promotion, this time with several new options.

“We’re excited to offer a new, more challenging, survivor package … the previous promotion was apparently too easy since everyone survived,” laughed Rancho Bernardo Inn owner Frank Gibbons.

No incidents or medical emergencies occurred during the promotion, even though guests voluntarily made sacrifices like depriving themselves of air conditioning in 100-degree weather to save $60.

“We want to see just how low senior citizens will go to save a few dollars on a room,” said Gibbons.

The survivor package now includes rooms for $14, which will have several deadly king cobras placed in random areas.  There will also be rooms for $9, which contain a laser shooting robot programmed to seek and destroy the guest at exactly midnight.  Also, these rooms will all have plasma televisions, which will be placed in the bathtubs.   The mini-fridges will be stocked with lunch specials from Pick Up Stix and Pei Wei, and there will be no phone to call poison control.

“We’ve already had several people call in and make reservations,” said Gibbons.  “This is going to be really entertaining.”

“Watching old people do crazy things to save money is like watching ants crawl into a bait trap … they can’t resist the temptation even though it’s deadly,” chuckled Gibbons.

The second survivor package appears to be more challenging

The second survivor package appears to be more challenging

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