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Resort fees can be a real shock at the end of the booking process when picking a hotel. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere any time soon. If anything, they are getting worse. The latest to add an additional charge — in this case an extra $25 plus tax — is the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown.
Resort Fees, Facility Fees or Amenity fees are a standard additional charge tacked on to your per-night rate, and unfortunately more and more hotels are adding these fees when booking stays. In the fine print, hotels often say these fees cover things like gym access, pool access & towels, Wi-Fi, local phone calls and even things like in-room coffee — a list of items that most people would think should be included with their stay at a full-service hotel.
In the InterContinental LA Downtown’s case, that $25 fee is said to cover access to Attitude Fitness (gym), Spire 73 (the hotel’s rooftop bar), Wi-Fi, local phone calls, digital newspaper and luggage storage for up to 24 hours. No matter what a property says it might cover, having to pay an extra fee on top of your nightly rate for a stay at a hotel or resort can catch you off guard when you get ready to book a stay.
If you’re looking to avoid resort fees or whatever your hotel might be calling them, there are some options. To find out more, check out our guide to avoiding resort fees. Then, check out these eight properties that don’t charge resort fees.
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