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Old 12-20-2013, 03:20 PM
 
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how long have resort fees been around. I don't remember paying them years ago??? I want to go to Disneyworld and vagas and most hotels charge a [resort fee ].
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Old 12-20-2013, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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A couple of decades, depending on location/resort, etc.
If they are usury or a rip, one can inquire about removing them... YMMV
Simply padding in most situs, similar to the airlines ala carte pricing.

My fave is the 'towel fee' for using the pool or spa.
GL, mD
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Old 12-20-2013, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Striving for Avalon
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It's a way to keep the cost at booking down while bilking the guest later. It's quite common at tourist destinations. In North America, Florida, Hawaii, and Cancun are rather notorious.

Depending on the property, the annoyance can be mollified by what's included...or exacerbated. A towel fee is disgusting. The Hilton that serves Disney includes free wifi, DVD rentals, and 2 free starbucks coffees per day per room.
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Old 12-21-2013, 06:07 AM
 
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a towel fee , wow . thanks guys
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Old 09-17-2014, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Sector 001
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Hopefully the government steps in to make the practice illegal at some point. Advertise $50? Then you should be charging that as your base rate... not $58. Add on 10% tax which most towns do with hotels and youre up into the mid $60 range... Im sure real resorts where people blow real money charge far more than my cheap example here.
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Old 09-17-2014, 08:37 AM
 
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I don't mind a resort fee as long as it is disclosed in advance. One place we have been traveling to for years instituted one about a decade ago. It's $10 per day. It includes all gratuities for housekeeping, concierge, and bell services, afternoon coffee/tea with cookies, daily newspaper, free WiFi, a DVD library, all recreation (except the spa) including indoor and outdoor pools, waterfront/beach, canoes, kayaks, row boats, paddle boards, beach/pool towels and chairs, and various activities including guided nature hikes and such. We actually prefer it to having to constantly worry about having enough singles for tips and paying a dollar or two here and there all week.
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Old 09-17-2014, 11:17 AM
 
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I do not care if hotels charge resort fees or any other fees. However, the fees should be CLEARLY disclosed no matter what website you book through. The rental car companies all do it.
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Old 09-17-2014, 11:32 AM
 
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I do not care if hotels charge resort fees or any other fees. However, the fees should be CLEARLY disclosed no matter what website you book through. The rental car companies all do it.


I booked a hotel in a major city earlier this week. I had to call before booking to find out their cancellation fee and parking fee. I thought it was pretty slimy to not have those clearly stated on the web site. Yes, I booked it anyway against my better judgement, because I'm attending an event there and the other hotels within walking distance are full.
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Old 09-17-2014, 12:10 PM
 
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I booked a hotel in a major city earlier this week. I had to call before booking to find out their cancellation fee and parking fee. I thought it was pretty slimy to not have those clearly stated on the web site. Yes, I booked it anyway against my better judgement, because I'm attending an event there and the other hotels within walking distance are full.
I have to admit that these "resort fees" do impact my choices when I am booking in AZ, FL, NV, and CA. I try to book hotels in "office park" and airport areas as opposed to resort areas.
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:27 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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If the resort fee is mandatory, it should be listed as part of the price of the room.
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