The next morning, after tossing a copy of the Globe & Mail aside while rushing to check out, you happened to read the fine print on the key envelope. There, in a spot few are likely to read, is the note that guests accept a newspaper charge by accepting the key card. It's an unspoken agreement, one you don't necessarily agree to.
Time is money, however, and the reception desk at the Pan Pacific is constantly busy with the checking in and out of convention and cruise ship guests. There's no time to wait to debate the miniscule charge when you've got a train to catch across town. Still, you leave feeling nickle and dimed and hotel newspaper tricks like this are even resulting in lawsuits!
How is this fee not bundled into the high (for Vancouver) room price? Oh, and not even internet at the Pan Pacific Vancouver is included. Suffice it to say that we won't be returning.
It should also be mentioned that we're Platinum-level of the GHA Hotel Alliance, which is a respectable status. Even so, that doesn't get the $1-$2 newspaper fee knocked off.