Sep 17, 2016 - 10:06 AM
in reply to azaib
<<"I meant it gets expensive when you try to book something closer to yoir trip .">>
That certainly can be true if the lower cost accommodations have filled up.
However, the pattern of room bookings and prices depends strongly on the season and locality than on proximity to the time for the trip.
If you look at the price offers for several hotels in the Alpine regions, you will see that many of them have a pattern of pricing that varies with season, and that the rooms with the best views, such as those facing the Jungfrau, can be more expensive.
Certainly it is not a universal rule, but it is quite common for rooms at the time of year when there are few travelers in an Alpine region to be less expensive than at the peak of the summer season (August, when many families take vacation) and January and February (at the height of the ski season).
In Luzern, the seasonality is reduced, but rates still tend to be highest in the summer months.
Finally, some smaller hotels, such as one that I use periodically in Zürich, have a computer driven pricing algorithm. If they serve business travelers, the prices for a class/size of rooms increase as that set of rooms fills up, and weekend rates are cheaper, due to lesser demand from businessmen. Certain weeks, for major festivals or events ( such as the Geneva Auto Show) can fill all the rooms and drive prices up, too. In that case, people book rooms in Lausanne or even Montreux, and use the trains to get to/from Genva.. Early booking certainly helps for those circumstances.