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Wow: the Las Vegas hotel adds an “energy supplement”

At this point, I think there is officially nothing that hotels will no longer charge a fee for.

Resort fees are bad enough …

Living expenses are probably the most frustrating unwanted expense in the hospitality industry. With this, we see hotels opting for a daily rate that includes a number of amenities, most of which you would expect to be standard in a hotel (like Wi-Fi, gym access, etc. ).

We see it in resorts of all prices, and besides, these fees spread very quickly in the markets. When a few hotels in a market add them, they usually end up becoming the norm rather than the exception.

Why do hotels add resort fees?

  • Accommodation charges are a way for hotels to trick consumers into believing that rates are lower than they actually are, as hotels usually only have to display all-inclusive prices on the hotel’s page. final booking (this is an important point in relation to airline fuel surcharges, as airlines generally have to display all-inclusive prices throughout the booking process)
  • Accommodation charges allow hotels to pay travel agents lower commissions (since they are only paid based on the room rate rather than additional charges) and, in some cases, avoid the tax typical occupancy rate that would apply to the room rate.

These are the real reasons, but just to provide both sides, the CEO of the New York Hotel Association claimed that guests “appreciate the value offered” by the mandatory fees.

… but an energy supplement is the next level

People often joked, “What’s next, more electricity? Well, one hotel seems to like this concept and added it to room rates.

The Artisan Hotel Las Vegas charges a daily resort fee of $ 19.95 plus a daily energy supplement of $ 3.95. That’s right, the hotel charges you for your electricity separately, and there’s no way to unsubscribe. Seriously?

And the rest … wait, too bad, I don’t want to give the hotel any ideas.

In all fairness, if you’re trying to trick consumers into making a few extra bucks, maybe these fees are pretty well thought out? It’s small enough that some people won’t even notice it upon check-out, but that can add up, especially considering that rooms here cost under $ 40 on most nights.

Also, I would say it is more reasonable than the JW Marriott Los Cabos to add an extra when redeeming points.

At the end of the line

Before that, I had only heard people joke about the concept of an energy supplement for hotels, but it is now a reality in a hotel in Las Vegas. Fortunately, it doesn’t look like other hotels match (yet).

Where do energy overloads fit on your list of ridiculous hotel costs?

(Hats off to Live and Let’s Fly & Miles To Memories)

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