As long as we’re saying aloha today — it’s Aloha Airlines’ last day on earth, sadly — we might as well talk about something else Hawaii should say goodbye to: its greedy and ubiquitous resort fees.
Hawaii is known far and wide for the mandatory extras that are added to guests’ hotel bills. John Lindelow, a travel agency owner who specializes in Hawaii, says the resort fee craze began back in 2000 and spread faster than a swarm felted coccids eats through a Macadamia nut farm.
Lindelow keeps a database of these avaricious hotels.
The biggest offenders? The Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Maui charges an eye-popping $25 per day mandatory resort fee. So does Maui’s Grand Wailea Resort.
“These fees can cause checkout sticker shock if guests don’t include them in their pre-trip cost calculations,” warns Lindelow. “And often the hotels’ own Web sites don’t make such fees apparent.”
To be completely fair to the innkeepers of Hawaii, there are plenty of high-end resorts that don’t charge these fees. Among them are the Four Seasons Manele Bay Hotel, the Hotel Hana Maui and the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa. Even so, Hawaii remains the resort fee capital of the world.
Mandatory resort fees are unfair, unethical and unconscionable. If the resorts on this list don’t end these surcharges, and if a court of law can’t persuade them otherwise, maybe visitors should say “aloha” to another vacation destination.