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Beware, Resort Fees May Be Getting a New Name

July 1, 2015 at 7:50 PM | by | ()

The term "resort fee", usually brings to mind unnecessary charges for items and services you don't need such as "free local calls" or "boarding pass printing." What was once limited to actual resort properties in actual resort destinations, has now turned into a means for hotels--whether a sprawling resort with a golf course, spa and water activities or a standard-sized hotel-- to squeeze a little extra cash out of their guests.

In Vegas, resort fees are a way of life for the hotels and casinos that line The Strip and dot Downtown. Even off the Strip places have resort fees now. But more startling than the prevalence of resort fees in Vegas is the unchecked increase of resort fees. MGM Resorts have increased resort fees at their properties at least once a year for the past several years, and sometimes even twice a year. It's truly scary.

Meanwhile, popular beach and desert destinations such as Maui, Miami, Palm Springs and Scottsdale, have also made resort fees a way of (vacation) life. But several hotels have gone a different route with their terminology to describe the added fee that's tacked on per day, plus tax, at their property.

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Mandatory Resort Fees: How Much Is Too Much?

June 24, 2015 at 5:05 PM | by | ()

Fortune magazine published a piece last month about resorts with the highest extra fees tacked onto the base room rates – and two topped out at $107 per night. According to ResortFeeCheckercom, those are Provident Luxury Suites Fisher Island and Fisher Island Hotel & Resort, both in Miami and whose daily rates – not including fees -- run well over $500 in July. (We touched on these astronomical resort fees back in March.)p>

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Call 1-844-5OCLOCK to Make Your Margaritaville Hotel Reservations (Seriously)

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  Site Where: 1111 North Ocean Drive [map], Hollywood, FL, United States
May 19, 2015 at 7:07 PM | by | ()

Thirsty for a Margarita...ville hotel stay? Simply call 1-844-5OCLOCK to make your reservation at the brand new Margaritaville Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida, opening on October 1.

As we briefly mentioned in September, the beach resort inspired by singer Jimmy Buffett will have 349 rooms, 17 stories, a Margaritaville Landshark Bar & Grill, a License to Chill rooftop bar, the Lone Palm Bar and a 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar. There will also be a 15,000-sq.ft. St. Somewhere Spa and an "authentic 'no worries' tropical vibe" present throughout.

Here are some more details on what to expect after you get drunk and screw er, relax in your hotel room:

Each of the resort’s 349-rooms will evoke feelings of relaxation and paradise, with coastal-luxe décor. Business and leisure travelers alike will enjoy luxurious bedding with crisp all-white linens, teak-finished furnishings accompanied by subtle maritime accents, spacious walk-in rain showers, 42-inch LCD televisions and clocks with Bluetooth capabilities, ensuring maximum comfort and total relaxation.

Spacious walk-in rain showers with sea glass colored tile, teak vanities topped with vessel sinks and tropical bath potions (rendering above) will create a serene bath experience that is truly transporting. Attention to detail will be expressed in the thoughtfully selected features placed in every guestroom and suite, ensuring each guest enjoys a slice of paradise.

We're assuming cheeseburgers are definitely on the room service menu too.

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Owie Maui: Andaz to Charge a $40 a Night Resort Fee

April 6, 2015 at 2:08 PM | by | ()

The excellent View from the Wing blog recently discovered that the Andaz Maui, one of our favorite resorts, like ever, will begin charging a $40 a night resort fee plus tax on June 2. Ugh.

Naturally, the resort fee--from a property who once prided themselves on standing out from their competitors by not having a resort fee--has caused a bit of a stir in the comments section. And it should.

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The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, Will Open in Cabo in June

March 31, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | ()

Just last week, we were stoked to discover that Thompson Hotels' two new Mexico hotels--one in Cabo San Lucas and one in Playa del Carmen-- would be opening this summer and fall, respectively.

Today, the news has been made official, at least for Thompson in Cabo San Lucas, with reservations open for June 13 and beyond.

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel is located along Monuments Beach, a secluded setting popular amongst surfers. That in itself is pretty special as the water's edge at most beachfront hotels in Cabo are too rough for swimming. The location also offers great views of the iconic Arch in Cabo, which the hotel says can be seen from all 161 rooms, especially since all have private terraces. Or you can gaze at the Baja landscape from the hotel's rooftop lounge and garden.

About the rooms, The Cape will offer one, two, and three-bedroom guestrooms, along with bi-level suites with private rooftops. Certain rooms will also have hanging utdoor daybeds and plunge pools.

The design was headed up by Mexican architect Javier Sanchez of JSa Arquitectura, in collaboration with Arquitectura de Interiores. Here's a bit on the vibe for The Cape, which is billed as "mid-century modern aesthetic with a vibrant 1960s Mexico-meets-Southern California."

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Who's Charging Resort Fees in Miami? Pretty Much Everyone

March 25, 2015 at 8:35 AM | by | ()

Ah, Miami. Sun, fun, mojitos and...resort fees?

Yes, sadly most hotels in Miami are charging those dreaded and annoying resort fees. According to ResortFeeChecker.com, 100 hotels in Miami have resort fees and the average fee is around $20.04 a night. That's about the same as Vegas' ubiquitous resort fee average.

But Miami is also home to two resort fees that exceed $100. Yes, you read that right. Those resorts are the Provident Luxury Suites ($107 a night) and The Fisher Island Club (also $107 a night), both of which are located on the extremely ritzy Fisher Island.

We've decided to list the resort fees of some of the most chatted about Miami hotels here on HotelChatter. Hide your wallets!

These fees are per day, plus about 20 percent tax, so the final cost will be a little higher than the number you see here. These fees usually include internet access, and additional amenities and services on site like beach chairs and access to the fitness center. (At the Surfcomber it includes iced coffee!)

But not everyone is charging a resort fee. We applaud the Loews, The W South Beach and The Setai for being resort-fee-free. (Never mind that rooms are hovering at $1,000 alight right now.)

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The Ritz-Carlton South Beach to Start Charging a Resort Fee on October 1

September 5, 2014 at 10:34 AM | by | ()

While we're on the topic of hotel fees, we've just learned that the Ritz-Carlton South Beach will start charging a $25 resort fee, per night on October 1. Here's what will be included with that extra $25 + tax a night.

· Complimentary 5mb wireless Internet access for up to 5 devices in guest rooms, lobby and most common areas.
· Beach chairs and umbrellas
· Beach Activities including boogie boards, skim boards, beach paddle tennis, bocce ball and corn hole court
· One hour daily fitness class
· 24-hour access to fitness center
· Use of hotel bicycles
· Unlimited local calls
· Bottled water in guest rooms
· Access to daily tour of the hotel’s art collection

Well, at least it includes internet on multiple devices.

Resort fees in South Beach are actually quite common. We stumbled across one at The Surfcomber, a Kimpton Hotel, last fall. For $20 a night, you get morning coffee, two beach chairs, poolside amenities like sunscreen and flavor-infused water and a $10 F&B credit.

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HotelChatter Must-Stay Hotels for Summer 2014: Palm Springs

Where: Palm Springs, CA
July 15, 2014 at 9:33 AM | by | ()

The pool at the Sparrows

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.

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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5 Ways To Stay In Palm Springs On The Cheap

Where: Palm Springs, CA
July 14, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

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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The Clarendon in Phoenix is Now Offering 24-Hour Hotel Stays

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  Site Where: 401 West Clarendon Avenue [map], Phoenix, AZ, United States, 85103
August 8, 2013 at 1:46 PM | by | ()

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.

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All Resort Fees Are Annoying, But Some Are Better Than Others

Where: Various Locations
July 9, 2013 at 9:33 AM | by | ()

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.

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Going to The Desert? Watch Out For These Resort Fees

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

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!

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