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Thursday, October 23, 2014

What are some of the hidden costs of a hotel stay?

Melbourne Australia’s pay-as-you-go Tune Hotel charges extra for TV, towels and toiletries. 

Do I really have to pay for toiletries like in toilet paper? 

In many restrooms around the world you pay the attendant for paper work but in your hotel room? 

Isn't this a basic staple of a civilized society?

Hotels are finding new ways to squeeze an extra dollar out of guests — from tray charges for room service to in-house movies and luxury toiletries.

The little “extras” can add hundreds of dollars to a hotel room bill, sometimes to the guest’s surprise.

And the bad news is more surcharges are expected in coming years as hotels try to weather fierce competition at the same time as boosting the bottom line.