The 5 Worst Hotel Scams
The worst part about staying at a hotel probably is the bill. The often unexpected charges come from services you might not know even existed. Some will rob you blind, while others will do it with your permission. Youâ€™ll soon wake up with some surprising charges for additional services that often come close to the price you paid for the actual room. So here are the most common yet legal hotel scams you can come across in your trips around the world.
1. Since it was first introduced to hotels in 1974, the mini-bar has been confusing and tempting tourists from all corners of the world. So when all the amenities are closed and itâ€™s well past midnight, you might be tempted to go for the mini-bar. Think twice before doing unless you want to pay 5$ for a bottle of water or 8$ for a soda. Unless you want to make the hotel a tad richer, simply say no. Go to the grocery store, pick up some water and soda and use the mini-fridge to store them.
2. If you thought those prices are a rip-off, consider the amounts hotels ask for the use of their phone lines. The rates are anywhere between 150% – 400% higher than if you were to use a public or mobile phone. It doesnâ€™t matter if youâ€™re using a calling card or phoning a restaurant to make reservations: everything apart from an internal call is charged by their standards. Some hotels are reported to charge even for the toll-free number you call to use your phone card. When traveling, make sure to bring your cell phone with you or use a public phone.
3. An internet connection is practically vital if youâ€™re traveling for business purposes. If you donâ€™t have a connection set up from the start, installing it might bring you some outrageous fees. Some guests reported that they have been charged even 250$ for one internet connection line. So if you donâ€™t have Wi-Fi set up from the start, take your laptop and go to a restaurant or coffee shop where youâ€™ll find this for free. This way you can also avoid the next hotel scam.
4. Breakfast should be the biggest and most important meal of the day. But when staying at a hotel, you might think twice before opting in for the hotel breakfast. This usually costs up to 30$ and if you have the chance to knock it off your bill, do so confidently. Go to a near cafÃ© and pay less than 5$ for a good breakfast and the chance to meet some locals. Do so for lunch and dinner as well â€“ thereâ€™s nothing better than a delicious local dish.
5. Took your car or rented one for the trip? Parking is certainly going to be an issue, especially when youâ€™re in another country. Youâ€™ll often find that hotel parking costs far more than anywhere in the city. It might look tempting, considering the traffic some cities have, the confusing signs or the pedestrian streets, but thereâ€™s always an option to escaping the costs of these charges. Why pay up to 50$ a day for parking when you can use a city garage or look for a free spot around the hotel?