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The pool at the Sparrows
Yesterday we told you how to get there on the cheap. Today, here are your must-stay hotels. Or, rather, my must-stay hotels - as I said yesterday, Palm Springs caters for all types of people, and one man's Hard Rock is another man's Motel 6. However, having stayed in all these (apart from Caliente Tropics) and more, these are my top 10 in the city.
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The Del Marcos
Palm Springs: a place so good we’re devoting an entire week to it. To celebrate summer in the desert, longtime Palm Springs lover juliab will be sharing tips for the perfect PS stay all week. Your essential pools, spas and hotels are all to come, but for today, here’s how to get there on the cheap.
Palm Springs is one of those places that can be whatever you want it to be. Retro or hipster. Gay or bro-ey. Active or poolside. Gourmet or cheap-omelet-with-bottomless-‘champagne’. Cheap or luxury.
Or, if you know how, cheap and luxury. Here are five ways to make it so. You’re welcome.
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You may actually get to enjoy the pool at The Clarendon now.
Just the other month, we were all hopped up on a new hotel trend, 24-hour hotel stays, wishing, hoping, praying that more and more hotels would start offering this. And guess what? One hotel in Phoenix has.
The friendly, independent and social media savvy, Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix just launched this option a week ago, making the announcement on Facebook. Starting this month, the hotel has been allowing all one-night bookings to be 24-hour full-day stays. So if you check-in at 7pm, you don't need to check out until 7pm the next day. Best of all, the hotel is not charging any extra. We found rooms next week for $109 a night for either the Best Available Rate or the 24 Hour Room. And rates were super affordable too, at $109 a night.
We know there have been lots of complaints about the resort fees that have popped up in recent years, those pesky room-rate increasers that drive up the price and seemingly add very little to the experience. The hotels explain this by insisting that it helps to pay for things like local phone calls, in-room safes and mini fridges –- things that used to and should be included in the regular room rate. Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas even put out a load of PR BS about how "guests asked for them."
To that, we tend to roll our eyes. Personally, we’d rather hotels just increase the base rate instead of using the resort fee to help them advertise what turns out to be a misleading rate.
That all said, we always try to keep a good head on our shoulders and a positive attitude, so we did some digging. What we found is that while all resort fees are annoying, some aren’t as worthless as others. It still doesn’t make them a joy to pay, but at least, in some places, we are getting something in return that might actually save us a few dimes elsewhere. Think access to spas, yoga sessions, scuba classes, green fees, complimentary appetizers, and shuttle services.
Lounging at this oasis in the middle of the desert will cost you an extra $30 a night.
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!
School's out for summer and in Orlando that means the crowds are a-coming. If you're heading to Disney World, Sea World or Universal Studios during peak season (now-August), you know you are going to end up paying more than you'd like for everything from park admission to food and worst of all, souvenirs. You should also be prepared to read the fine print for your hotel stay as several hotels in the area charge the dreaded resort fees.
While not as prevalent as Las Vegas, Orlando does have a fair amount of hotels that charge additonal for services that used to be "free" like pool access and in-room safes.
Below we've rounded up the hotels that charge an all-encompassing resort fee (and not just separate fees for parking or shuttle services.) Some fees include internet and some do not. All of these are also taxable.
Know of a resort fee in Orlando? Tell us in comments!
Last week, we headed out to Las Vegas for an impromptu trip to catch Boyz II Men at The Mirage. Since we were only in town for one night and had about $100 in credits to burn on HotelTonight* we decided to use the last-minute mobile booking app to book our room.
So just as we were nearing Barstow on our road trip to Vegas from Los Angeles, we looked at HT and saw Caesars Palace open for only $91. We booked immediately and continued the rest of our road trip in rather high spirits. (It may have been because we were playing our fave early 90s hits the whole way there but never mind that.)
Yet when checked in at Caesars, they informed us that our room would be in the hotel's older Roman Tower. Thanks to VegasChatter, we know it's not in great shape. So we asked about upgrades. Turns out we could have the brand-new Octavius Tower for an extra $60 a night. We looked at our friend and said, Why not? That's just an extra $30 a night for each of us. Remember, we didn't have to pay for the room since our credits covered that.
We also inquired about possibly upgrading to the Nobu Hotel but even though rooms were going for a skint $189 a night, we would have had to cancel our HT booking, losing all our credits and then re-book.
So with our upgrade to the Octavius tower completed, we were given our keys to a room on the 64th floor with a pretty decent view out the side of the Bellagio fountains. Happiness! Except...
The new Nobu Hotel has barely been open a full month and already some changes are being made. And we wish it were for the better.
Caeasars Palace, who along with its sister properties in Vegas, so valiantly fought the resort fee craze a few years ago, has finally given in and will now be charging $10-$25 a night at their hotels. Those fees will include a variety of services and amenities, among them, WiFi and fitness center access. We're guessing Nobu, a luxury hotel located within Caesars, will be charging near the $25 mark but we're still awaiting confirmation of the exact price.
Finding a hotel is often only one part of your trip. The other half is getting there. And our bro Jaunted does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the travel world. Out in Vegas, VegasChatter is keeping us informed on what's going down in Sin City.
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.
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What exactly is going on with MGM Grand?
No sooner were we relieved that it had caved to public opinion/common sense and ditched its $20 fee for guaranteeing you a non-smoking room, than we realized they’d done something even more ridonkulous.
Yes, they did, as they promised, take down the $20 non-smoking charge off their website.
But instead, yesterday they replaced it with a $20 charge for a smoking room.
Oh yeah. Last night, the reservations page of MGM Grand had replaced the $20 non-smoking fee with a $20 fee to guarantee a smoking room. Here’s the proof, with screenshots and everything.
Resort fees may not be our favorite thing in the world (in fact they’re one of our least favorite things in hotel land) but since it looks like they’re here to stay (particularly in Vegas), we may as well appreciate some of the loopier things that come with them.
We were looking into booking a room at the boutiquey Rumor Resort in Vegas yesterday, when we noticed the daily resort fee of $11.95. It stung, a lot, so we called up to ask what it included. And were jazzed to find that as well as the usual - valet parking (uh, that’s always free in Vegas), local calls (gee, thanks, cos they aren’t included on our monthly package or anything), water by the bedside (purified water? Wowee), and WiFi (ok, that we’ll take) – the resort fee also includes free access to one adult channel.
We were confused. Did the nice lady in reservations really just say that? So we said, “What, you mean like porn?” And she stifled a giggle and said yes, but only the one. Channel, you understand. Not film.