I’m not playing the blame game here (although that is a fun game of hilarious mayhem for all the family, aged 8 to 80), but I have a tale to tell about my accommodation for the Rome SBL the year before last.
I got the special SBL rate at one of the special SBL-selected hotels for three nights. But my wife came along for a bit before the conference, so we booked the very self-same room at the very self-same hotel, for three nights, for the two of us, at the normal hotel rate. Can you see where this is heading? Yup, the “special SBL rate” for one person turned out to be even more expensive than the standard price for two people!
The moral of the story is: shop around!