Mandatory Resort Fees Can Add Up to 50% More to Your Room Rate With Useless Amenities

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    In my quest to combat mandatory resort fees by compiling a list of hotel and resort properties which engage in this nefarious practice, I have noticed that some hotel and resort properties will advertise a low room rate — only to surprise you with what seems to be a usurious resort fee during the booking process. For example, the Palace Station Hotel & Casino has a room rate as low as $36.99 — but it comes with a notice that “A daily Hotel Service Fee of $16.79 (tax inclusive) will be added to all room reservations upon check-in.” This means that the mandatory resort fee — excuse me, hotel service fee — adds greater than 43 percent to the room rate of $36.99. Add an estimated tax of $4.43; and your $36.99 room rate is suddenly $58.21 — or greater than 57 percent more of what you initially expected to pay from the advertised rate... ...and it is all legal. Unless you are able to convince employees of the hotel or resort property to reduce or eliminate the resort fee from your bill, you have no choice but to pay it if you are a guest. This is what is included in the resort fee at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino — along with my commentary... The post Mandatory Resort Fees Can Add Up to 50% More to Your Room Rate With Useless Amenities appeared first on The Gate.

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