HOTEL

Can I get a refund for this missed hotel night?

This winter was long and arduous, especially if you lived in Massachusetts. Thomas and Joyce Dresser were ready for some much-needed fun in the sun.

They booked their escape from Providence to San Juan, with a night in the San Juan airport hotel, and then they were off to Virgin Gorda.

They were supposed to depart February 21 and return a week later. At least that was the plan.
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Why resort fees are insidious and misleading

Hotels like to compare their mandatory daily surcharges to airline fees, but the truth is, they’re nothing like them. Most airline fees are avoidable. Resort fees aren’t.

Travelers who don’t care about where they sit, when they board, and who can bring their own food but still pack lightly can actually travel without paying additional fees.
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Attention hotel guests! Sometimes, those star ratings lie

For David Pollard, the “aha” moment came after he booked a hotel room in Los Angeles through Hotwire.

Hotwire and its competitor, Priceline, offer what are called “opaque” rooms, which is to say you don’t find out the name or exact location of the property until after you’ve made a non-refundable reservation. Instead, you’re given the hotel’s anonymous star rating. And the hotel he’d booked, the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport, had four stars.
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Want an early hotel check-in? Here are 7 tips from a pro

Red-eye flights are hard enough. But when you’re heading to a hotel after the marathon trip, all you probably want to do is drop your bags and sleep, even if just for a few minutes. Will your room will be available?

This week, I’ve got clients flying to Australia, from Washington. That’s 23 hours of travel time. They’ll be arriving at 8:30 a.m. And, of course, they want to check-in when they arrive.
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Uh-oh! Hotel resort fees are on the rise

Don’t look now, but those reviled mandatory resort fees are on the rise — and in places you might not expect.

Orlando is the surprise No. 1 destination for the surcharges, which can cover everything from the hotel gym to a Wi-Fi connection, according to ResortFeeChecker.com, a site that specializes in resort fee data.
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