How to avoid unexpected hotel fees

How to Avoid Unexpected Hotel Fees

 

From Internet charges to parking fees, an increasing number of mega-resorts are changing guests additional fees over the course of any given stay. The best way to avoid these fees, however, is to simply ask about what is included in the price of any room before checking in to the resort.

As the owner of Hollywood Beach Hotels in South Florida, Marc Eisenmann works with families from across the country to make their vacation dreams come true. Here, he shares his advice on how to avoid getting stuck with unexpected costs and bills on your Florida beach vacation.

Internet Use Charge 

It is common that hotel guests unexpectedly get stuck with the Internet use charge that a lot of hotels are tacking on. Even though most hotels in Hollywood Beach, FL, do offer Internet connections in every room these days, many are charging guests for the right to use the connection. This can come as an unexpected fee to hotel guests who weren’t expecting to be charged $10 or more per day of use.

In fact, the addition of an Internet usage fee is not really going to make a difference in where a person is going to stay. But these unexpected and avoidable fees still leave a bad feeling in a lot of people’s mouths. Hotel guests these days shouldn’t come to a certain hotel expecting to pay a set amount for the week, only to find out that they are going to have to pay $70 extra to use the Internet during their stay. Added on fees like that can really irritate them.

Additional Fees for Hotel Parking

Most hotels charge a fee for parking, especially hotels in areas like Hollywood Beach, FL. When you are vacationing in a high-density area, you should anticipate that there might be additional fees for hotel parking. Here at Hollywood Beach Hotels, we charge a very nominal fee for parking. But we advertise it to customers right from the very beginning.

Usually, people are okay with any fees that they are made aware of upfront. It is the unadvertised charges that make them mad. If you are staying at our hotel for a long time, our parking fees are probably going to be negotiable. Although not every hotel will negotiate its add-on fees with guests, it is worthwhile to ask if you have a question about any fees you see on your bill. Any good hotel is going to be forthright, and the staff is going to disclose everything to guests when they ask. Although a few hotels in Hollywood Beach, FL charge exorbitant parking fees upwards of $23 per day, prices that high are not the norm for the area.

Fees for Other Luxury Amenities

Hotels in Hollywood Beach, FL, unlike hotels and resorts in nearby Miami, do not charge extra for the use of fitness centers, in-room safes, pools towels, and other luxury amenities. Among industry insiders, these types of added-on fees are known as resort fees.

Before you arrive at any property you have never been to before, remember to call the hotel’s staff and ask about any additional fees that you should be expecting. I would always recommend that you assume nothing until you call and speak with the hotel yourself. If a hotel doesn’t want to be forthright with you, or you feel any lack of transparency on the phone, then you should just cross that hotel off your list.

Trying to Stay on Budget

Since extra fees can throw any budget off track, it is a good idea for you to get a full rundown of what you can expect your bill to look like before arriving at the resort. And just because a certain property charges additional fees to surf the Web or park does not necessarily mean that the hotel should be crossed off the list. Rather than trying to trick customers, what a lot of hotels are looking to do right now is just to separate each of their amenities so they can charge less to people who want less, and more to people who want more.

Some hotels are charging guests more for additional amenities, and this practice can actually be helpful to guests who use less of these amenities, since it means they might be actually paying less for a room at some very nice hotels as long as they don’t need the extra upgrades like Internet connections and parking. This updated pricing structure is actually making it fairer and cheaper for many people who are interested in staying in a hotel at Hollywood Beach, FL, for their next big vacation.

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