Proving though that hotel owners will scam guests with deceptive drip pricing regardless of what flag their property flies, the Holiday Inn Express in Durango, Colorado charges a mandatory $5 fee that they describe as a “Colorado Green Energy Fee.”
By adding the state’s name to the fee, they make it sound as though it is imposed and required by the State of Colorado. They even go on to describe it as contributing to some sort of statewide environmental fund, supporting “quality energy conservation measures being utilized by newly built businesses throughout Colorado.”
You know what gives away that a “Colorado Green Energy Fee” isn’t a real thing? The only online reference to it, outside of disclosures on the IHG booking site itself, is from a guest complaint about this hotel charging the fee.
The amount is small enough that most guests don’t bother to object, but across all guests at a hotel, and across months and even years, it’s significant. Fake environmental fees seem like fertile ground for class action suits. And we should all be concerned that phony charges under the guise of environmentalism undermine trust that’s necessary for real change.