The Truth About Hidden Resort Fees


Whether you’re an occasional traveler on a budget or an experienced one who’s been all over the world, you need to be aware of hidden resort fees. When you book a room in a resort, these fees are added on to the cost without your knowledge. Why? Because the resort doesn’t need to tell you about them up front. They just “magically” appear on your bill, and you are forced to pay them.

That is, unless you take advantage of the ResortFeeChecker.com website. This free site has listings for resorts in several popular U.S. locations, including Las Vegas, Hawaii, Orlando. You can click on the city of your resort, or search by resort name. Once a listing has been found, it will tell you what the current resort fee is, broken down by day and room, as well as what that fee covers. You’ll never be surprised again at check out!

For example, if you stay at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, California, you’ll be charged a $20 per night fee per room. This fee covers everything from phone calls to the in-room coffee and bottled water, daily newspaper delivery, and fitness center access that you thought were simple perks of staying there. This fee is added on to the nightly price of your room at the resort, and doesn’t include other things, such as the self-parking fee, valet parking fee, and pet fee. Think about it: if you stay there for five nights, the resort fee alone adds an extra $100 onto your bill. If you’re on a budget, this can be an unwelcome surprise.

Here’s another example: The Aston Waikiki Beach Tower Resort in Honolulu, Haiwaii tacks on a nightly resort fee of $26.18 per room, per night. What does this fee cover? It covers access to the resort’s lending library, in-room bottled water, beach towels, phone calls and more. Again, if you stay at the resort for five days, that’s a total additional cost of $130.90 that you wouldn’t have known about when you checked in or booked the room.

Love how technology makes it easier for us travelers!

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Caroline Glassell, owner of Travel Barista, is a world-wide traveler, freelance travel writer, and multi-lingual mom of two daughters. Growing up in both Sweden and Portugal she developed a passion for travel at a young age. Her love of travel ultimately brought her to over thirty 

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