1. RESORT FEES: Resort fees are evil, especially when the resort is charging you for simple stuff like use of the pool and tennis courts, pool towels, local phone calls, daily newspapers and bottled water. The only acceptable resort fees we can tolerate are ones that include both free internet and free use of the hotel gym. But for guests who don't need to use the gym or the internet, these resort fees are just a waste of their money.
2. INTERNET FEES: You know how we feel about free WiFi in hotels but the sad fact remains that many hotels are overcharging guests to use the internet in-room. The worst offenders are the hotels that offer a pay-per-hour plan.
3. IN-ROOM COFFEE FEES: We love the new trend of single-cup coffee makers in the guestrooms at hotels but we don't love the hotels that charge you $3 and up to use the coffee pods. That's not exactly what we want to wake up to.
4. ROOM SERVICE FEES: Room service bills usually add an 18 percent gratuity to your order plus a delivery fee which can start at around $3 and go way up. We say only tip your server if the service was extraordinary.
5. BAG STORAGE FEES: You know how you always have to check out of your hotel way before your flight leaves? And then you store you bags with the bellmen so you can explore the sights one last time? Well, doing that can cost you from $2 to $5 a bag. Typically, this is done at larger resorts like The Fontainebleau in Miami so try to time your flight and check-out time accordingly.
6. FITNESS CENTER FEES: We shouldn't be penalized for working out on our vacation or business trip. Even worse is when a hotel brand hypes up its commitment to fitness and then has properties charging fitness center fees. We hate this fee so much that we almost would rather a daily resort fee which would at least give us a free local phone call and some bottled water with our workout.
7. LATE CHECK-OUT FEES: We never seem to have much luck requesting late check-outs but although we've thought about squatting in a hotel room until we were good and ready to leave, the fear of being charged a half-day room rate (of if this is the Hard Rock, $100) has gotten us out the door by 11am.
8. MANDATORY HOUSEKEEPING FEES: We strongly believe that housekeeping should be recognized for their hard work but sometimes we don't need our room to be cleaned, especially if it's for a one or two night stay. So charging us a mandatory housekeeping fee, which is what the Atlantis Resort does, is just not fair.
9. PRINTING FEES: We have a boarding pass to be printed and you want to charge us for that? Seriously? Go away.
10. TOURISM FEES, SERVICE CHARGES AND OTHER FEES THAT GET YOU NOTHING : We recently finished a stay at The Westin Hilton Head where we noticed on our final bill not only a $16 resort fee (which was not explained at check-in) but also a $1 Tourism Fee (and several types of taxes.) So essentially, you're charging us for coming to your hotel? Interesting. We've seen other hotels charge these nonsensical types of fees ranging from $1 to $15 for "service charges" that do not get you anything at all. Not even a free local phone call or a newspaper.
What hotel fee annoys you the most? Let us know in comments below!