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This Hotel is Charging a $60 Resort Fee. Yes, $60

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  Site Where: State Road 187 Kilometer 4 2, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, 00475
July 15, 2011 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (5)

We're sorry to ruin your Friday with this story about an outrageously expensive hotel fee but we feel you just had to know, especially if you were considering booking a stay at the St. Regis Bahia Bahia in Puerto Rico.

A prospective guest and tipster emailed us the description of the $60 resort fee which is found on the hotel's website:

Guest will be charged $60 USD daily for a resort charge inclusive of tax. This includes: toll-free and local phone calls, high-speed wireless Internet access in public areas and guest rooms, a welcome cocktail amenity in each room upon arrival, beach and pool services including beach umbrellas, ice cold water “spritzing”, frozen grapes, electronic books and I-pods (based upon availability), fresh-fruit bites, unlimited use of all non-motorized water sports and snorkeling equipment exclusively at the Boat House, bicycles (based upon availability), tennis center/courts day and night (equipment available at no additional cost), and use of our golf course driving range.

Ok, let's just all let it out now---SIXTY DOLLARS??? OMG! That's on top of a room rate that starts at about $470 a night. The only cool thing about what this includes is the electronic books and iPods but even those are "based upon availability." Thankfully, it does include internet but our tipster notes that it does not include valet parking which is an extra $22.

We hate hate hate resort fees but for $20, even $25, we can deal especially if it includes internet. But $60? Sorry, we'll stay somewhere else St. Regis. We're taking you off the list.

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Common Trend

This seems to be a common trend amongst some hotels these days. Lure people in with low rates then upsell them forcefully with items like resort fees etc. It's a shame business people have to resort to such measures.

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Not the only one.

Yes, but this is common to many luxury hotels in puerto rico.  The W Vieques, and Ritz Carlton also charge the same resort fee.

Not the only one.

Yes, but this is common to many luxury hotels in puerto rico.  The W Vieques, and Ritz Carlton also charge the same resort fee.

No Starpoints

To me, this is unethical accounting. Since the resort fee is mandatory, it's basically part of the room rate. Yet, the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program doesn't give points for money spent on resort fees. So, places like this St Regis gets an extra $60/night without having to give points.  100% wrong and unethical.

WOW!

That is the highest resort fee I've ever heard about... Ouch.

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