Opening the mini-bar door in a hotel room is easy for the sake of interest, it turned out to be an invoice for a foreign tourist in the amount of 3,400 rubles, although the guest did not take anything from there. The traveler talked about how the issue was resolved in one of the threads on the Reddit forum.
According to the guest, he still had to pay the indicated amount, because he did not notice the announcement posted in the room, according to which the hotel charges not only for the fact that customers take something from the minibar, but also for what they put there your things. Thus, payment is made for opening the door. As it turned out, the refrigerator is equipped with a sensor. The refresh center is located on the sensor. “Using the buffet to store personal belongings will automatically be charged a fee of $50 USD (3,400 rubles at the current exchange rate),” the message said.
The guest shared a photo of the notification on the forum, where other people, just like him, were shocked by what they saw. “I would not continue to support hotels that do this”, “Is this illegal?”, “This is meanness and greed,” commentators were outraged.
Unfortunately, this is far from an isolated incident of unforeseen expenses in hotels : some hotels now impose hidden fees on tourists that are only mentioned in the rules and conditions of accommodation, if they are mentioned at all.
So, one of the common fees that is not always directly mentioned is the resort fee – tourists pay for amenities on site, even if they did not use them. The resort fee can include anything from gym and pool access to internet and phone calls.
According to Forbes, the average resort fee at foreign hotels is an extra $30 per night, although some hotels charge up to $160 per night, which could end up doubling the cost of a hotel stay. However, it is also possible that the resort fee is charged only to certain guests. For example, if they booked a room through a third party for a particularly good deal.
However, from paying the resort fee, if some of the amenities do not meet the requirements. For example, it turns out that the pools are closed for maintenance or the hotel has slow Wi-Fi. In addition, fees are often waived for members of the hotel loyalty program.
In an article for Yahoo Finance, travel experts uncovered the most ridiculous hidden fees they've had to pay while on vacation. For example, Raj Mahal, founder of the travel booking site PlanMoreTrips, said that while in Las Vegas (USA), he also had to pay to store some of his drinks in the hotel minibar.
“I was in at the MGM Aria, they have upgraded minibars equipped with sensors. The refrigerator detects when an item is moved or the size or weight of the contents changes. We brought our own alcohol and used the mini-fridge to keep the drinks warm, and when we checked out, MGM charged us a “personal use fee” of $25 (1,700 rubles) per day, ”he shared, though without specifying , how many nights you had to pay for using the refrigerator.
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