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Resort fees: what do you get?

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Resort fees: what do you get?

Not clear on this concept (from Australia). Does this give you access to more / free hotel facilities? Can we optimise this? Short staying @ Royal Hawaiin for location.

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Iowa
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1. Re: Resort fees: what do you get?

Resort fees are simply a way of making the daily rate look lower. You won't get anything special for them. Just add it into the rate when figuring your total costs. It's stupid, but don't focus on it or let make you mad, it will waste your time.

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2. Re: Resort fees: what do you get?

You get nothing ! Absolutely nothing !

As Teri S said, it's just a way to jack up the room rate and trying to fool people into thinking they are getting a bunch of stuff for it. But, you get nothing, and the fee is not optional, so just accept it.

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3. Re: Resort fees: what do you get?

royal-hawaiian.com/rooms-suites/resortcharge/

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4. Re: Resort fees: what do you get?

Resort fees are what hotels have had to add on to get additional revenue because of lost revenue due to 3rd party bookers.

When 3rd party bookers (Priceline, Expedia, etc) first started, hoteliers thought it would be a great way to move unsold rooms. It was fine when the pricing was anonymous, what they didn't foresee was that the programs would be so successful that people would stop booking direct, that they would have to have all their rooms in almost constant discount mode.

Add to that cell phones and smartphones that cut revenue to the hotels because in room phones and pay movies used to be profit centers. Now no one uses the room phone for outside calls, but everyone expects hotels to still have the hardware.

There are numerous topics already in the forum that you can read.

Dallas
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5. Re: Resort fees: what do you get?

That's a real nice list but .....

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6. Re: Resort fees: what do you get?

I know at our Waikiki hotel the 'Resort Fee' includes internet access (3 connections), newspaper, bottled water daily, phone calls (including 60min international?) and complimentary use of the trolley bus.

Apart from the bottled water probably won't use any of the above.

Iowa
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The list of things "included" with the resort fee was not added on as extra when they started charging the fee. They used to be included in the room rate. It's just a gimmick. Scott explained how it started. When one place does it, the rest have to follow or their standard rates look higher at first glance, when people are comparing on the booking sites.

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8. Re: Resort fees: what do you get?

Nothing

Dallas, Texas
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9. Re: Resort fees: what do you get?

Printed boarding passes. That alone is worth the $35.

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10. Re: Resort fees: what do you get?

<"That alone is worth the $35.">

Times 7!

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