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Going to The Desert? Watch Out For These Resort Fees

June 25, 2013 at 11:33 AM | by | Comments (4)

Lounging at this oasis in the middle of the desert will cost you an extra $30 a night.

Just like Las Vegas and Orlando, Palm Springs is no stranger to the dreaded resort fees..

We've compiled a list of desert hotels that are adding an extra charge, per night, plus tax for things that you would normally expect to be free with your hotel stay (Use of the "computer center"? Uh, no thanks.) However, you do get more of your money's worth at the bigger golf and spa resorts where they offer bag storage, shuttle service and exercises classes.

What's even more frustrating is that some of these hotels don't list their resort fee anywhere on their websites until you get to the final step of the online booking process. But hopefully, our list will help you be better informed about your desert getaway. And for what it's worth, most of these fees do include WiFi.

Know of a resort fee in Palm Springs that we missed? Let us know and we'll add it to the list!

· Ace Hotel: $25. Includes: Parking. (Internet is already free.)

· Hyatt Palm Springs: $15. Includes: Free WiFi, local calls, incoming/outgoing faxes, fitness center access, pool towels, complimentary airport shuttle, and coffee/tea in room.

· Hyatt Regency Indian Wells: $23. Includes: Internet, golf bag storage and shuttle to golf course, scheduled exercise classes and "more."

· JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa: $28. Includes: Parking, WiFi, golf bag storage, mini-golf, access to fitness center.

· La Quinta Resort & Spa, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel: $27. Includes: Local, toll-free, and credit card calls (no access fee); high speed internet access; self Parking ; golf bag storage ; transfers to and from PGA WEST; driving range use; lawn games

· Miramonte Resort & Spa: $28. Includes: Local phone calls (limited prefixes), calling card, and toll free calls; 24 hour fitness center; Daily Wellness Classes; Shoe shine service; In-room gourmet coffee; Daily Newspaper; Turndown Service (upon request); Incoming and Outgoing Faxes and Wireless Internet Access. (Phew! Saved the best for last there.)

· Palm Mountain Resort and Spa: $12. Includes: Airport shuttle, Newspaper, Faxes and Self parking. (Internet is already free.)

· Riviera Resort and Spa: $28. Includes: Fitness center, local and toll-free telephone calls, self-parking, in-room coffee, daily newspaper upon request, tennis courts, internet and computer center.

· Spa Resort Casino: $20. Includes: WiFi and parking.

· Viceroy Palm Springs: $30. Includes: Valet parking, Wi-Fi high speed Internet, local and 1-800 calls, inbound faxes, daily newspaper, morning tea and coffee at Citron from 6:00-11:00 am daily, access to the spa facilities, complimentary yoga classes, townie bicycles and 24 hour access to the fitness center.

· Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa: $27. Includes: Internet, complimentary self parking, fitness center access, day use of Spa facilities (steam room, whirlpool, relaxation room, renewal refresh & shower), shuttle service within the Resort and to the Gary Player Golf Course, local phone calls (within the city of Rancho Mirage) and access charge for credit card and & 1-800 number calls (up to 60 minutes).

Did we miss a resort fee in Palm Springs? Send it to us or put it in comments below!

[Photo of the Viceroy Palm Springs: HotelChatter]

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Congress...

Should be stepping in to fix this. These fees are ridiculous, and if the law doesn't get involved, instead of $28 resort fees, we'll be looking at $50 resort fees. There's no control over what hotels can and cannot charge. Ridic!

Funny.....

I never got the converted apartments into hotels that charge resort fees. The one pictured and a few in Vegas.

Wiki: A resort is a place used for relaxation or recreation, attracting visitors for vacations and/or tourism. Resorts are places, towns or sometimes commercial establishment operated by a single company.

So does this mean I can call my apartment a resort when friends want to crash on my couch for a night. You know since they are "relaxing" on my couch and eating my food?  


Interesting

Generally I hate resort fees, but in the example of Spa Resort Casino if it includes WiFi & parking then I am ok with it.

Big resorts are ok

Because they are offering a lot more than a normal hotel--like the golf bag storage or use of the spa facilities (whirlpools, locker rooms, what not) or fitness classes. What's not ok is something like the Ace Hotel's $25 resort fee which is just for parking. Good thing, the WiFi is already free!

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