Have You Been Charged For Drinking the Coffee In Your Hotel Room?
May 27, 2009 at 9:34 AM
In this turbulent, unpredictable world, there are a few constants that we've always known to be dependable and unchangeable: the sun will always rise. And when it does, we'll want coffee and if we don't get it, we get surly. These have and will always be the case, no matter what happens.
One thing we also thought to be a constant that is apparently maybe not so much anymore? That the coffee we need so desperately in the A.M. will be free in our hotel rooms. Yeah: maybe not.
On his blog, travel expert Chris Elliott heard from a disgruntled hotel guest who stayed at the Barclay InterContinental in NYC. She was disgruntled not only because the hotel tried to charge her $80 for a breakfast she didn't even get, but something terrible happened. Something terrible involving coffee.
When we got home and got our credit card bill they had added another $3.25, not on the original check-out bill, for the coffee bags placed in the room.
Have you ever heard of a hotel charging for the coffee or tea that I previously thought was an amenity in the room? They certainly were not in the locked mini bar. What a bunch of cheapos! Is this a new practice of all hotels?
Oh no. No, no, no. Bad trend. Don't do this, hotels. Some of us would rather pay an extra $3.25 for WiFi than for the crappy coffee outta the auto-drip maker in the room. This is bad.
Is this, like, a thing now? Are hotels charging people for coffee in the rooms? Or is this just a special case at Barclay where, upon our last visit, we were charged $7.00 for a bottle of Evian?
If you've been charged for using the in-room coffee, talk to us about it. We will sympathize.