How to watch out for and fight extra hotel fees.

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  1. Crazytree says:

    I love it when hotels tell you that if you touch anything in the minibar, a scale or device will be triggered and they’ll “know” you touched something.

  2. bohemian says:

    They craziest one I found were the $4.50 bottles of water left in hotel rooms. They were not even anything special, just Ice Mountain bottled water.

    Our recent stay in Chicago had these on top of the table in the room. We also had the vending machine on the floor right next door to our room. It sold bottled water for $1.25.

    The other one that was rather out of control was internet access. $9-20 a day for internet access is a bit much unless your working on some major project. We found that if we looked ahead of time using the Google map feature to find nearby businesses we were able to usually find a nearby Panera or Caribou Coffee that had free wifi.

    All of this extras craziness seems to be more of an issue in downtown urban hotels.

  3. Sudonum says:

    @Crazytree:
    Usually there’s a switch or seal on the door. And don’t try taking a coke and then replacing it with one purchased elsewhere before the person gets there to re-stock it.

  4. j-o-h-n says:

    @bohemian: “All of this extras craziness seems to be more of an issue in downtown urban hotels.”

    Probably because most businesses are willing to shell out for the extra fees for things like business center or internet accesss when an employee is travelling on business. I’ve never tried it, but I could probably even spend my meal per diem on minbar candy and bottled water.

  5. bigvicproton says:

    i’ve heard of people calling the credit card company and getting a charge back and just saying “i have no idea what the hotel is talking about and if they dont have the signature then i didnt order it….” but i dont know if it really works. usually a business is screwed without a valid signature on a charge slip…