(CNN) — We’ve come to expect fees for hotel WiFi and parking, but as lodging fees pile up, there are some that may come as a surprise to even the seasoned business traveler.
Early check-in? Some hotels charge for it. Restocking that $5 bottle of water you drank out of the minibar? Yes, some properties charge for that, too.
Hotel fees for things that add customer value are one thing, says Carroll, but “on the negative side are fees that bet on the guest not paying attention to folio charges.”
Here are a few examples of the new batch of fees that have been creeping onto hotel bills.
Early check-in fee. If you want to check in to your room before the preset time, you could incur a charge of as much as $50 for the privilege.
Early check–out fee. You may also be charged anywhere from $50 to the cost of a night’s stay if you have to leave a day or more earlier than expected.
Cancellation fees. Need to cancel your stay altogether? Whereas before you might have been able to cancel your reservation without penalty by 6 p.m. on the day before your scheduled arrival, some hotels are now charging you a night’s stay if you don’t cancel within 48 or even 72 hours prior to arrival.
Minibar restocking fee. At some hotels you’ll not only have to pay to enjoy an item from the minibar, you’ll also have to pay a restocking fee to have the item replaced. So that $12 can of nuts may end up costing you more like $19.
Automatic gratuities. Before you tip anyone, check to see if an automatic gratuity for their services has already been added. For instance, you may incur a one-time $10 to $30 fee to cover housekeeping and bellman gratuities, while your bill for room service or spa services may already include a 10% to 20% tip.
Gym fee. Some hotels are pumping up their bills by charging anywhere from $5 to $40 a day for the use of the fitness facilities.
Baggage holding fees. Need to stash your luggage at the bellhop stand? You might have to shell out a couple of bucks per bag to have them tucked away.
Tiered WiFi charges. Some hotels are charging for Internet access based on how you use it. For example, basic Internet service for things like checking your e-mail may be free, but if you need high-speed access, then it could cost you upwards of $10 a day.
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