Probably because of my peripatetic work life, I like the security and cleanliness of Hotels. Thinking back, most of the disasters I have had have been at private dwellings. So what am I getting at!! If a WG needs to fork out £100 for a room she has to recover that from the punters not necessarily so with an apartment - I feel a little happier to pay more in a hotel than some place I don't know.... £80/hr in a hotel sounds cheap & £150 in a private (not known) sounds a bit top side.
But then saying all this.. one of my best ever punts was in a small, shared apartment at £80 and one of my worst was a plush hotel at £250/hr...
Would I go for a £60/hr in a terraced house in seedy part of town!? Probably not...
I sometimes punt with WGs who are working from Hotels which they are paying for, they dont charge me anymore often than WGs who work from their own premises. Some are on tour down her from oop north. Obviously that WG is hoping to be busy enough to make a good profit and will punt with a number of punters from that room per day, so its not just you that needs to cover her room costs of course.
I dont agree £80 per day is cheap for a hotel room outside Central London but i am a tightwad who uses Trivago, Laterooms and Olotels among others to look for cheap deals which i have often found. I dont know though punt in hotel rooms i book, thats for romantic meetings only. I can sometimes get a 4 star hotel for less than £80 a night, in fact i stayed at West Lodge Park, a 4 star hotel in Hadley Wood a year or so back for £45 a night and very nice it was to. Always worth shopping around for deals but its hard to beat booking a Travelodge well in advance, and get a room for £12 a night with a Toby Carvery, Bar and free car park.
I have punted with WGs in a number of very expensive Central London hotels as well but again their rates werent more than £150 an hour, the room was £250 a night or more on ocassion though. Sure a £60-100 an hour WG is more likely to work out of a Travelodge or Ibis than pay £250 a night or anywhere near. I have punted with WGs in both the above and especially Ibis which cost about £55-60 a night.