We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Hotel Tax recovery charges and service fee

NY
6 posts
1 review
Save Topic
Hotel Tax recovery charges and service fee

I was trying to book hotel in San Juan for 4 persons. Hotels.com displays reasonable rates, let say 130 p night, but then it adds Hotel Tax Recovery and service fee - they are more than hotel rate. I never have experience with this. Is it always so high? Is they depend on property?

(excluding tax recovery charges and service fees)

1. June 26, 2008 –– $125.00 USD

2. June 27, 2008 –– $138.00 USD

3. June 28, 2008 –– $138.00 USD

#

Tax Recovery Charges and Service Fees

$363.18 USD

#

Total Charges

$764.18 USD

Seattle
Level Contributor
318 posts
Save Reply
1. Re: Hotel Tax recovery charges and service fee

I cannot speak to the hotels.com thing...but I do know that when I was trying to book, I looked at all the rates at the usual sites (ya know: Priceline, hotwire,etc)

What I discovered was that calling the hotel directly will sometimes give your wallet the advantage- w/o the service fee & Tax recovery charge. Be sure, though, to see what the hotel charges as the hotel tax- usually at the end of your stay...Can be 7 or 9%...not exactly sure.

Hope this helps!

Have a great trip!

Cleveland, Ohio
Destination Expert
for Puerto Rico, Carolina
Level Contributor
8,097 posts
35 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Hotel Tax recovery charges and service fee

Try the hotels website directly. There are 2 taxes you will pay. But it will be around 20%. Hotels with Casino's have a higher tax.

Cheyenne, Wyoming
Level Contributor
82 posts
31 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Hotel Tax recovery charges and service fee

I am headed to PR in April and have booked my rooms. I ended up booking all of them either through a telephone call or through an individual hotel's web site. Although I never proceeded all the way through the booking process on Hotels.com, Expedia, Orbitz, Hotwire, etc., I found that the individual hotel websites were often the same or less expensive than the big website prices. Also, the individual hotel web sites often had more availability than did the big sites. Finally, very importantly, if you book through the hotel, you get to take advantage of their cancellation policy (all of them were 48 hours advance notice). If you book through most of the web-based sites, you pay up front and there is no cancellation.

p.s. - the taxes in PR are very high. I think most of the hotels charged almost 20% taxes and then an additional $3-5 per night for an occupancy/resort/local tax.

Cleveland, Ohio
Destination Expert
for Puerto Rico, Carolina
Level Contributor
8,097 posts
35 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Hotel Tax recovery charges and service fee

Agree and hotels have a bit of flexability. "Hey Intercontinental, I got a deal from El San Juan, What can you do for me? Why should I stay with you".

atlanta
Level Contributor
579 posts
33 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Hotel Tax recovery charges and service fee

I always find the hotels.com, expedia, etc are just a tad hight than the hotels w/ no cancellation policy. I work for Marriott and know they have a low price guarantee, as do many other large hotel chains. I use hotels.com as a search engine to see what properties have the lowest rates then book directly through the hotel.

Los Angeles...
Level Contributor
491 posts
8 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Hotel Tax recovery charges and service fee

Excellent advice. I, too, use the travel website to get an idea about a hotel and then book directly with that property, for all the reasons listed above.

7. Re: Hotel Tax recovery charges and service fee

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 22 September 2009, 01:17