Hotel guests who pay ahead can get ahead
Add commitment issues to the list of woes facing South Florida hotels these days. With job security seeming as luxurious as a poolside daiquiri, many travelers are holding off vacation plans until they're certain they can afford to get away. That hesitation usually pays, since last-minute deals are easy to find. ''I think vacations are becoming more of an impulse buy because of the economic uncertainty,'' said Karen Lempert, general manager of the Metropole South Beach Hotel. ``I also think people are taking a little bit more time to look.'' The Metropole's parent company, South Beach Group, recently began advertising 50 percent discounts for guests willing to stay a week and pay for their rooms in advance. Other hotels are trying the same strategy, trading lower prices for the new luxury of knowing a bed will be occupied months in advance.