Is a Surprise Hotel Fitness Fee Worse Than a Steep WiFi Charge?
Just when we thought paying for WiFi to be the worst of hotel extra evils, a reader has reminded us of yet another devil in the details: additional charges for using the hotel's gym. Calling out Chicago's Palmer House Hilton in particular, our tipster uncovers more than just the fee, but also the lack of signage regarding it:
Just discovered -- the Palmer House charges $18 (!!) for guests to use their fitness center. I'm sure it's lovely, but at the news of $18 I turned around and left. Outrageous on several levels: the price (although I wouldn't pay anything) and the fact that there was absolutely no clue until I walked and found a front desk that there were any fees involved. Even then, nothing's posted.
While the Palmer House's "Spa Chakra Luxury Fitness" center does look mighty fine on their website, we highly doubt that many guests would crowd the space even if it were free; you go to Chicago to eat carbohydrates and worry about the damage later, after all. Still, we majorly sympathize with this surprise, having run into a similar $10 fitness fee at Harrah's Atlantic City before.
What about you? Have you encountered any hotels who hold their gyms above guest's heads with extra fees? Did you cave and pay or wait to return to your Wii Fit back at home? Sound off in the comments.
[Photo: Palmer House Hilton]