Guests have been complaining about the Urban Destination Tax, and it was first brought to light by a blogger atViewFromTheWing, and subsequently picked up by The Telegraph. This is a new practice for New York hotels, who seem to be following in the footsteps of their Las Vegas counterparts, who are notorious for sneaking hidden fees into guests’ bills for everything from the privilege of staying in a resort (a “resort fee”), to mandatory tips per guest, early/late check out fees and even the preference of a queen or king sized bed in your room or suite. While many guests may balk at these hidden charges, which can drastically increase the price of a hotel stay, especially if a guest has reserved a room on special offer, hotels like Marriott are actually advertising these fees as something of benefit to the guest. A recent statement by a Marriott spokesperson on the issue of the Urban Destination Charge said, “As Marriott continuously seeks new ways to provide guests the best experiences and value, we are currently testing a destination fee at seven hotels in New York City. The per-room fee includes a suite of features that our research indicates guests value, such as food and beverage credits, exercise classes, access to free and discounted local activities; dry cleaning and enhanced internet and phone service.” While there is no doubt that some guests do indeed want the option of paying for better internet or exercise classes, it is misleading to suggest that these features and services are available to guests when they don’t have a choice in paying the charge.
Let’s take a look at a few projects currently underway in New York:
Westin New York Staten Island
The hotel, to be named the Westin New York Staten Island, will be include about 15,000 square feet of event space …[READ MORE]
Hoxton Hotel Williamsburg
The Hoxton Hotel that will rise on the empty lot along Wythe between North 9th and North 10th streets …[READ MORE]
Restoration Hardware Boutique Hotel
Restoration Hardware is planning a concept boutique hotel and restaurant on a corner site in the Meatpacking District …[READ MORE]
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