Uh-oh! Hotel resort fees are on the rise

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Christopher Elliott

Staff Member
Aug 22, 2007
Don’t look now, but those reviled mandatory resort fees are on the rise — and in places you might not expect.

Orlando is the surprise No. 1 destination for the surcharges, which can cover everything from the hotel gym to a Wi-Fi connection, according to ResortFeeChecker.com, a site that specializes in resort fee data.

Likes: Andrew Der
Some regulatory action is overdue on this one.

A fee by definition is something a consumer can choose to avoid (such as parking, minibar, land line charges, safe, etc) by electing to use it or not.

I realize something like a hotel parking fee in a downtown urban area is almost mandatory, but there are still guests who might arrive by other transportation. While this can be saved for another discussion, I have noticed the hotel parking fees exceed what a local non-hotel user might pay at the same or neighboring city garage which is another "backdoor" cost item guests should be aware of.

But, back to the topic, if a "fee" is automatically levied on all patrons, it is part of the room rate plain and simple - and is simply an underhanded and false means to avoid advertising actual room cost.

In an effort to hear both sides of a debate (no matter how ridiculous), I would be curious as to the hotels' "talking points" or "party line" rebuttal toward any attempt to justify this - as opposed to simply folding back in such costs into their customary overhead as they used to and continue to let the free market and consumer play it out?

Consumers may need to push back more and not accept this by avoiding such hotels until this shows in their bottom line.