Rant: Why do hotels charge for every little thing?

Why do luxury hotels charge outrageous room rates and then nickel and dime guests once they arrive?

After I did my budget for my summer vacation, I realized that as long as I keep to lower-end hotels throughout the trip, I could splurge on a fancy hotel my last night. So I began looking at the Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, etc. Not only do these places charge sky-high rates for a standard room with no view (I can’t quite tweak my budget enough to afford a sea view room), they charge for every little extra thing: internet, water, that little packet of instant coffee, blah blah. Naturally, room service, spa treatments, and any other amenities one dares to consume on the premises come at a premium. Is my Coke really worth $20 just because it comes out of the Swissotel’s fridge? Can I really eat $70 worth of food at a breakfast buffet? Why would I pay $200 for an airport transfer when a taxi would cost $30? One reviewer on Trip Advisor said she averaged $1000 a night at one of these places when the advertised room rate was half that.

This is especially annoying because in every other hotel I’m staying at – some for as cheap as $60 a night – free wi-fi access, a little coffeemaker, drinking water, and breakfast are included in the room rate. And airport transfers, if not complimentary, are very reasonable. So if these little privately-owned guest houses and pensions -- all more charming (at least from the pictures) than a generic , tiny, boxy hotel room with an ugly bedspread that costs an arm and leg because it has a glamorous name – can afford complimentary touches, why can’t these big luxury chains? Just because people have money doesn’t mean they lose all sense of value.

Signed,
Uppity Anthro

P.S. Anthro doesn't really have money.
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Some people think a thing is better if they pay more for it....

I was on a project where I made several trips to the Bay Area. I found a hotel that was half the price of the "fancy" ones, had nothing but suites, included breakfast and happy hour, and permitted dogs. And it was in walking distance of where I needed to go.
One thing to be careful of, especially in luxury hotels, is that many hotels now jam cell phone signals. This way, you can't use your cell phone inside the hotel, and you're forced to use the room phone to make outside calls, which are a fortune. I found this out because of how extensively my bosses travel.
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Preach on. The nickel and dime stuff is lame.

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The nickel and diming starts with the taxes. States, counties, and even cities and areas of cities have no shame about adding exhorbitant taxes to room rates. I just paid for my son's hotel room for a swim competition in Ft Lauderdale, and the room was $250 per night (he's sharing with 4 other boys), and there was almost another $100 per night of just taxes. I feel quite violated over that right now.
The nickel and diming starts with the taxes. States, counties, and even cities and areas of cities have no shame about adding exhorbitant taxes to room rates. I just paid for my son's hotel room for a swim competition in Ft Lauderdale, and the room was $250 per night (he's sharing with 4 other boys), and there was almost another $100 per night of just taxes. I feel quite violated over that right now.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Total guano: I bet I know what competition it is. I dove in that same competition 10 years ago!!
"Well I love that dirty water. Oh, Boston, you're my home!"
The nickel and diming starts with the taxes. States, counties, and even cities and areas of cities have no shame about adding exhorbitant taxes to room rates. I just paid for my son's hotel room for a swim competition in Ft Lauderdale, and the room was $250 per night (he's sharing with 4 other boys), and there was almost another $100 per night of just taxes. I feel quite violated over that right now.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Total guano: I bet I know what competition it is. I dove in that same competition 10 years ago!!
Originally Posted by newcurly

This is the YMCA short course "nationals". They hold a lot of national-level swim/dive competitions there.
This is the YMCA short course "nationals". They hold a lot of national-level swim/dive competitions there.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Yeah, I thought so based on the time of year. They have a diving competition as well
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They have a diving competition as well
Originally Posted by newcurly


Yes, they do. Evan isn't diving this year. He has in previous years, but decided to drop it to concentrate more on his butterfly. Truthfully, he kinda sucked at diving, so I'm glad he stopped.

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