Resort fees are one of my pet peeves, they are part of the room rate that hotels don’t disclose in advance.
This is especially annoying on Priceline where resort fees that may apply aren’t included because you don’t know what hotel you’re getting in advance and thus can’t choose to pick a hotel without a fee. Once you’re prepaid you learn about the fee and your booking is nonrefundable, so you’re stuck paying hte resort fee or forfeiting your prepaid reservation. The only solution is to be savvy, know where a resort fee could apply, and choose to avoid Priceline if the resort fee makes a difference.
Some hotels at least try to keep up the pretense that the fee ‘buys you something’ such as parking or free internet or ‘use of the pool’. But of course some hotels throw those things into the room rate anyway. Since when was use of a hotel’s pool not paid for simply by being a registered guest at the hotel?
I think I’ve now seen the most egregiously silly example, though, of a resort fee. This Flyertalk thread reports on a $5.50 a night resort fee at a $36/night Rodeway Inn. Truly the end of the world is nigh?