I have seen a variety of motels that charge a one night (lowest), a fifty % of the entire stay or 100% of the entire stay XL fee, if bookings are XLD some even if XLD 7 days before the reservation date.
I also have seen a 20% booking fee that is non ref once the booking is done.
This is something I don't often see other than at resorts in high season. I am not going in high season. I am not booking resorts.
Do most travellers book rooms in advance? I have serveral things I want from my lodgings (like washer/dryer in some of them) and there are not too many that have them.
However, if I book everywhere and am not able to go or need to change dates, the fees will be rather high when all added together.
By booking ahead, I feel like I might be limiting myself and have little flexibility if I love somewhere and want to stay longer.
I generally always book rooms in advance to avoid wasting time looking for a room at night when I am tired. However, most of the time the XL fees are only 1 nights stay and only if XLD less than 24 hrs before the intended stay.
Being charged for several nights stay when a reservation is XLD a week ahead of time seems high.
Any advice on what is commonly done in NZ?
Are these fees strictly enforced?