Resent paying for a perfectly good hotel room, only to see extra charges tacked on to your bill at the end of your stay – or worse, not noticing them until you’ve checked your invoice well after checking out?
If it makes you see red, we’re not surprised, as reports suggest that hotels are increasingly adding extra costs on top of room rates, including some bizarre added extras such a ‘safe fee’ for – yes, really – using the hotel safe, or even a charge to get your hands on the remote for your room’s air conditioning.
A report in the New Zealand Herald has colated many of the unexpected costs that your hotel may be tacking on to your bill, including parking fees, linen charges and resort fees.
Many hotels are now charging mandatory ‘resort fees’ – a daily additional charge that the hotel separates out from the advertised price. In some hotels, the resort fee allows you to use the in-room phone or the coffee maker and gives you gym or pool access.
Some hotels charge as much as $25 a day for guests to park in their garage while, in some hotels, an extra towel at the pool could set you back a buck or two.
However, according to the New Zealand Herald guests are entitled to ask to have these extra fees removed from their account. If in doubt, call down to the front desk and ask if a fee applies.