Protect Your Status With the Status Merry-Go-Round and Hotel Resort Fees in Legal Trouble

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  1. Just to clarify, Steven Slater grabbed two beers — not just one. That’s partly what made it so epic. 😉

  2. RE: hotel resort/amenity/hospitality/etc. fees, in my experience the consumer disgruntlement stems less from the practice per se and more from the growing ubiquity of the fees. You used to half-expect them at higher-end properties and actual resorts. Now it can be hard to find a property with more than three stars that doesn’t charge one.

    Put an end to the practice, please.

  3. @Tracy S – I totally agree with you and it also varies widely between properties. I would probably be more amenable if I was charged a resort fee per stay vs. per night. Or if the rate included self-parking as opposed to in room bottled water and a newspaper. Who reads a newspaper anymore?

    I will admit one hotel I stayed at last year it made a difference. It was a Stay 3 No Resort Fee rate – stays of at least 3 nights waived the Resort Fee. We stayed 5 nights. At $40/night if not for that rate we would have paid for more than another night (those fees are also taxed as well). We got the resort amenities (which included self-parking).

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