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Hotels with resort fees as low as $2.50

Sept. 04, 2019
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Hotels with resort fees as low as $2.50
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First and foremost: The best resort fee is no resort fee. Although hotels can certainly charge additional fees for optional services, all mandatory fees should be included in the room rate. Resort fees -- which may be disguised as a service fee, energy fee or simply listed as "miscellaneous" on your invoice -- are a way for hotels to charge guests more without displaying higher room rates. Plus, they make it difficult to compare prices without clicking through to the final booking page and reading all the fine print for every property you consider.

Since resort fees aren't included in room rates, you may need to pay the fees even on award night stays. The cost of these fees also won't count toward the cost of your free night when booking through to get a 24% return with your Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card through Jan. 31, 2020. TPG's Loyalty and Engagement Editor Richard Kerr recently rounded up the 10 most outrageous resort fees, and TPG has additional posts discussing why resort fees must go and how to avoid resort fees.

The Holiday Inn: North Phoenix charges a nightly energy surcharge. (Photo courtesy of IHG)

Luckily, despite how it may feel, most properties don't charge resort fees. When they do, the fee is usually high, to the tune of $20, $30 or more per day. Small resort fees can actually be trickier to spot -- especially if the property caters to travelers who aren't familiar with normal taxes and fees in the region, or if the resort fee is labeled as a service fee or miscellaneous fee. In these cases, guests may not even realize they are paying a resort fee.

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The table below shows some properties in major loyalty programs that levy a resort fee of less than $20 per night. Although these fees are relatively small, they're easy to miss as they could easily blend into the nightly total if you aren't careful.

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HotelCity, StateFeeWhat The Fee Provides
Best Western Orlando Convention Center HotelOrlando, FL$2.50 service fee per nightNot disclosed
Quality InnChandler, AZ$3 surcharge/service/resort fee per nightNot disclosed
Holiday Inn: North PhoenixPhoenix, AZ$3 energy surcharge per nightPresumably power, but not disclosed
Quality Inn & Suites Hollywood BoulevardHollywood, FL$3.39 hotel services/resort fee per nightNot disclosed
Comfort Inn & Suites near Universal Orlando ResortOrlando, FL$3.94 resort fee per nightNot disclosed
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Lake Front Park KissimmeeOrlando, FL$4 resort fee per nightNot disclosed
Days Inn by Wyndham Orlando Near Millenia MallOrlando, FL$4 miscellaneous fee per nightNot disclosed
Econo Lodge International DriveOrlando, FL$4.65 resort fee per nightParking, in-room safe and shuttle transportation to parks
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Buena Park AnaheimBuena Park, CA$4.95 assessment and service fee per nightNot disclosed
Quality SuitesOrlando, FL$5 resort fee per nightNot disclosed
Staybridge Suites: Times Square - New York CityNew York, NY$5 housekeeping fee per nightDaily housekeeping and full service every third day
BLVD Hotel, An Ascend Hotel Collection MemberCosta Mesa, CA$5 hotel service/resort fee per nightNot disclosed
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Best Western Plus Anaheim Inn

Anaheim, CA$5 resort fee per nightNot disclosed
Rodeway Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise PortFort Lauderdale, FL$6 resort fee per night (split into a $5 hotel services fee per night and a $1 airport surcharge fee per night)Presumably the airport shuttle, but not disclosed
Quality Suites Lake Buena VistaOrlando, FL$6.95 hotel service/resort fee per nightNot disclosed
Quality Inn Maingate WestClermont, FL$6.96 resort fee per nightNot disclosed
Holiday Inn Club Vacations: At Orange Lake ResortKissimmee, FL$7.95 resort fee per nightShuttle service throughout the resort, fitness centers, business center, seven outdoor pools and hot tubs, access to River Island, sports courts, select on-site activities and entertainment (including movies, local calls, Wi-Fi and parking)
Comfort Inn International Dr.Orlando, FL$7.95 resort fee per nightShuttles to the local theme parks
Best Western International Drive - OrlandoOrlando, FL$8.95 resort fee per nightNot disclosed
Cambria Hotel Chicago Magnificent MileChicago, IL$9.95 urban/resort fee per nightWi-Fi, the business center, fitness center and a donation to Lurie Children's Hospital
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Maingate CentralKissimmee, FL$9.95 service/resort fee per nightShuttles to Disney World, Sea World Universal Studio, in-room safe and micro fridge
Super 8 by Wyndham Las Vegas North Strip/Fremont St. AreaLas Vegas, NV$10 service fee per nightNot disclosed
Quality Inn & Suites Anaheim MaingateAnaheim, CA$10 resort fee per nightNot disclosed
Clarion Inn & Suites Kissimmee-Lake Buena Vista SouthKissimmee, FL$10 resort fee per nightNot disclosed
Quality Inn & Suites Anaheim At The ParkAnaheim, CA$11.70 hotel service/resort fee per nightNot disclosed
Clarion Suites Kissimmee-Orlando MaingateKissimmee, FL$12 resort fee per nightScheduled transportation to and from the theme parks, complete buffet breakfast, enhanced high-speed internet, self-parking and scheduled transportation to outlet mall
Comfort Inn Maingate KissimmeeKissimmee, FL$12 resort fee per nightNot disclosed
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts: Phoenix - Chandler Golf ResortChandler, AZ$15 resort fee per nightWelcome drink (beer, wine or soda) at 1912 lounge, Wi-Fi access throughout resort, 24-hour access to fitness center, two bottled waters replenished daily, one bucket of range balls per guest per stay, 15% off published rates at San Marcos Golf Course, phone calls, self parking, 10% discount on Vaya Salon services and massage located on site and 10% discount at Crust Restaurant located on-site
Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Marco Polo Beach ResortSunny Isles Beach, FL$15 resort fee per nightNot disclosed
Marriott Phoenix Resort Tempe at The ButtesTempe, AZ$15 resort fee per nightAccess to tennis/volleyball courts, hike tour, pool activities and yoga
Best Western Lake Buena Vista - Disney Springs Resort AreaLake Buena Vista, FL$15.74 resort fee per nightComplimentary Wi-Fi, transportation to all four Walt Disney World theme parks and Disney Springs, unlimited admission to the resort pool, in-room local and 1-800 calls and complimentary printing in the business center
Holiday Inn Express & Suites: S Lake Buena VistaKissimmee, FL$18 service charge per nightTheme park shuttle services, wireless internet, access to three outdoor pools with waterslides, 18-hole miniature golf course, BBQ areas, kid's splash pad, playground, and tiki bar with food and beverage available for purchase
Days Inn by Wyndham Las Vegas Wild Wild West Gambling HallLas Vegas, NV$18.13 hotel service fee per nightNot disclosed
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorldOrlando, FL$19.95 resort charge per nightInternet access, self park, theme park transportation, one appetizer with purchase of entree in Laguna or Crazy Squirrel per stay, two bottled waters from The Market per stay, 10% discount in Spa and local and toll free calls
Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista ResortOrlando, FL$19.95 resort charge per nightBasic internet access, Disney theme park shuttle, 10% off spa service, Disney dive-in movies, two bottles of water, use of outdoor amenities, Disney Good Neighbor concierge service and unlimited 1-800 and local calls

As you can see in the table, most of the properties aren't resorts in the traditional sense. You might also notice that many of the properties in the table are part of Choice Hotels or Wyndham. However, don't assume only these properties are levying resort fees. Many other properties at these destinations also charge resort fees, and simply aren't included in this table because they charge $20 a fee of or more per night.

Finally, this list is not designed to be comprehensive -- feel free to mention additional properties with low resort fees that can be easy to miss in the comment section below.

Bottom line

These small resort fees are easy to overlook, and many hotels don't even provide a list of actual benefits for paying them. For the properties that do provide a list of benefits, most benefits are (1) not benefits I'd use, (2) benefits that are normally expected at a hotel or (3) benefits that I'd get as an elite. In almost every case, I'd choose to opt out of the fees if I could. You can certainly ask at check-in or checkout to have the fees waived, but you may or may not be successful.

If you're upset about resort fees, the best solution is to avoid properties that charge them. However, doing so will require reading the fine print and investigating the taxes and fees during booking carefully.

Featured image by Photo courtesy of BLVD Hotel, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member.
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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