Waikiki Beach Marriott now charge $25 per day resort fee

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  1. cova

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    Resort Fee Charge

    Resort Fee plus applicable taxes includes high speed internet access, local calls, long distance/international calls up to 60 mins. per day, faxes up to 20 pages per day, daily Fitness & Cultural classes, $10 off Stand Up Paddle or Surf lesson, local newspaper and one Mai Tai drink per day.

    Previously - the NO RESORT FEE was a big advertising feature at the Marriott Waikiki. (more of a businessman hotel than a resort in my view).

    Reservations booked before the Fee announcement will have the fee removed.

    My view - makes the Marriott less competitive with the Hyatt Regency ($18 fee - and nicer property) or with the new Hyatt Place (across the street from the Marriott) with no fee and free breakfast to all.
     
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    I have actually stayed there several times on business. A big thumbs down....
     
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    Who the heck still faxes stuff?
     
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    Oh wow... I was there earlier this year and I can't imagine that I'd be happy about paying that. I think resorts should have a resort fee... maybe you can argue that it's to maintain the grounds or if you have a private beach. That Marriott definitely doesn't qualify as a resort in my book :)
     
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  5. desamo

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    From the Fairly Legal episode Borderline:

    "What's that?"
    "That is a fax, short for facsimile. I found it in the time machine next to the Pong game."
     
  6. Kalboz
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    You'd be surprised!
     
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  7. Kalboz
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    The CY down the street is much cheaper without any resort fee.
     
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  8. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    If I was staying at that hotel, I would be faxing 20 pages per day, to Nigeria.
     
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    Just another reason to avoid the big chain properties on Waikiki.
     
  10. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Disagree. Every hotel has something to maintain. That's part of their cost of doing business. The "benefits" offered bundled into a resort fee should either be part of the base rate if they are relevant for everyone or at least a vast majority of guests, or they should be a la carte fees for those who choose to partake. There are probably tons of people who have no desire to take a paddleboard or surf lesson. $10 off doesn't give them anything.
     
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    Since the 60 minutes free calling including international I'd suggest reviewing the various county codes available to stretch your budget. I hear that 678 and 688 are a lot of fun. Maybe 672, too. If it didn't cost the receiving party so much I'd say 881 and 870 should be in play, too.
     
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    Okay. The entire point of resort fees at the outset was to provide money for the franchisee because room rates meant they had to pay the marketing fees on that money. It was started by Sheraton on one of the Hawaiian islands (I've forgotten which) because of that, but it's gotten out of hand.
     
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    wow .. that's refreshing to see somebody actually arguing in favor of a resort fee.

    Just last night I was reading a thread where somebody was arguing that E+ wasn't worthwhile.

    -David
     
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    A very small defense of resort fees: if they weren't separate, you'd (in theory) be paying more for what they cover because they'd be folded into the room rate and you'd be paying the marketing fees on top.
     
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    And the resort fee at the Marriott doesn't cover parking. :( I'll stick with the Sheraton PK, where at least the $18 daily resort fee does.
     
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    And those faxes would contain your personal banking information so you collect on the Nigerian governments fortune?
     
  17. viguera
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    Yeah but it's not an optional fee so it doesn't make a difference in the end. If you charge me $200 a night or $175 with a $25 a night resort fee, it doesn't make any difference to me.

    Now if you ask me whether I want to pay the resort fee or forgo the extra amenities and pay $175, then I see how that would be different.
     
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    And how do I know that that marketing fee overhead that the hotel doesn't have to pass on to, say, Marriott, doesn't end up as additional profit in the hotel's pocket? I have a hard time believing that the hotel does resort fees out of the goodness of their hearts.
     
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    Naa, the Honolulu phone book, 20 pages at a time.
     
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    How do you know that they will charge you $200 instead of $175 without the resort fee? Hotel prices are not based on cost, it's like LCC (at least in Europe) saying that if you choose to pay for drinks on board you'll save $10. These 'calculations' are used to convince you that you are saving $ by flying with them.
     
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    I totally agree with you and have wondered the same, but I'm just telling you what I learned when I worked in the hotel industry. Now that I've slept on it, I think it was the Sheraton Kauai that started the resort fee thing.
     
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    I personally do not like to get nickled and dimed. I have no problem with the hotel needing money, just add it into the room price. If I am going to a resort, I obviously expect to use resort facilities. If I go to a business hotel, they don't charge me a business fee. It is already included in the room price. I feel the same way about hotels as I do airlines. They are not a philanthropic venture and need to make a profit for my benefit of being able to use them again as well as theirs. Charge me whatever you need to and forget the miscellaneous bs charges.
     
  23. marcwint55

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    perhaps you could tell some Nigerian about the twenty million dollars you need to transfer to an account, and how you need his help and will split the money with him.
     
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    if you want the points or stay credits, you can't avoid them.
     
  25. marcwint55

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    the same guy who writes it on his typewriter
     
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