Hidden charges can turn a seeming hotel bargain into an over-priced experience that leaves you feeling cheated. When you check a hotel's price, be sure you take all of these possible charges and cost-reducers into account.
These are some of the most common extra fees that could be added to your hotel room's daily rate. Where we know about them, we list them in the hotel profile. Add them up and they can make that "bargain" seem like a rip-off. If you're concerned about others, call the hotel and ask.
- Resort fees: Once common only a places with "resort" in the name, they're now popping up at other places under various names and may bundle things like WiFi, newspaper or fitness center use
- Parking fees: In cities, this can run up to $50 per day
- Fitness center fees
- Early departure fees: about $50 on the average, for hotels that levy this fee
- Cancellation Policies - especially at small, privately owned properties
- Phone call charges (local, international and even toll-free calls)
- Internet use charges, daily Wi Fi fees - oddly, more common at more expensive hotels
- Housekeeping fees, maid service
- Bellhop fee
- Energy surcharges
These freebies can reduce the overall cost of your stay.
- Free breakfast
- Free coffee and tea
- Afternoon wine and snacks
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