What are the biggest hotel “gotchas”?

By | January 27th, 2014


Here are three ways you could get broadsided with unexpected fees on your next hotel visit. Know them before you go.



  • Charlie

    Ironic: USA Today is frequently tacked a hotel bill on for $1/day.

  • Nikki

    Hi Chris! – Is there any way that I can get a transcript of this clip? It’s difficult for me to watch the videos you make because I’m hearing-impaired.

    I’m actually kind of surprised that USA Today hasn’t gotten closed captioning on their video clips. I know the FCC has mandated that, but I’m sure there’s fine print somewhere that exempts lots of people and/or news organizations (such as overseas news, etc).

    Thanks! – Nikki

  • I don’t have the transcripts for these videos, but I’ll make sure that the new videos we shoot next month have some kind of captioning.

  • Nikki

    Thanks Chris!! That’s great news. Hate missing your column when you’ve got it on video.

  • y_p_w

    My biggie is the minibar. I just wished it were locked down. I have cable ties and I’m thinking of bringing them on the next family trip to keep the door from being opened. My kid kept on going for the candy. I relented by buying 3 Kit Kat bars at a store for considerably less than one identical one in the room.

  • BMG4ME

    For me it’s all those taxes, which ought to be included in the room rate.

  • Carver Clark Farrow

    Why? Taxes aren’t included in most things you buy. Why single out hotel rooms?

  • Deepstardiver

    Sort of makes you wish for the airline “unbundling model” all al a carte.

  • BMG4ME

    I am not singling it out. This is a discussion about hotel rooms. And yes it’s wrong that taxes are not included in any prices. Only in America (and Canada).

  • Carver Clark Farrow

    Not that you’re singling anything out, but if we have a regime of taxes being excluded from prices, is there any reason for hotel rooms to be treated differently?

    Whether taxes should be included across the board is another discussion.

  • BMG4ME

    I thought I addressed that in the reply that you were responding to but maybe I didn’t make myself clear. Yes I dislike the fact that taxes are not included in any prices for anything (except gas and airfares) here in America. I suppose that unless you grow up in a country where every price you see is what you pay (as I did) you get used to it, however after 20 years of living here, loving it here and getting used to everything else different, it still irks me when I go to pay for my $10 purchase which costs closer to $11!

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