Hidden hotel fees and surcharges add to your stay
The list of hidden fees and surcharges added to travelers hotel & motel bills continue to rapidly escalate.
A recent report from PricewaterhouseCoopers states that hotels charged nearly $2 billion in hidden fees and surcharges in 2007, up from $1.6 billion in 2006 and $550 million just five years ago.
The list is almost endless:
- The in room safe runs $3.00-$5.00 a day regardless if you use it
- Free wire Internet but you pay an access fee
- That bottled water left in your room comes with a hefty price tag
- Daily parking fee
- Don't touch the min-bar unless you want to pay $10.00 for a few ounces of peanuts
- Resort fees even if you don't hit the links or spa
- Housekeeping service fee
- Energy recovery tax
- And on & on & on
That's enough for now as I believe you have the idea.
What can you do?
Allow yourself plenty of time at check in & check out to go over the bill. Identify what extra fees may apply and opt out in advance.
Ask plenty of questions before you use a service-don't assume that it is free.
Book or at least price your room at a 3rd party site. They seem to do a better job of itemizing the miscellaneous fees that the corporate hotel reservation sites.
Complain loudly and ask to see the general manager.