You did your research. You booked a really plush room at Hotel Chaching for a great rate: $150 per night. You spent less than 14 hours there. But your bill at check-out is over $225--and that's before taxes. What happened?
Hotels have plenty of ways to earn more of your hard-earned cash sprinkled cleverly all around the building and even in your guest room. Mini bars, fitness centers, spas, restaurants and room service are all profit centers for the hotel, and a cash drain for you. But you can enjoy your hotel stay and still escape with a bill that more closely reflects the rate you signed on for. Follow these five tips to cut your hotel bill by 40 percent or more.
Feel like you're cheating when you cruise in the front door rolling your bellman-buster suitcase? Don't worry. You'll save enough with these tips to spend an entire extra night at Chaching Hotel. Or spend it instead on a splurge, like a massage in the spa or appetizers and drinks at the hotel's fabulous (read: fabulously expensive) signature restaurant.
Read on to learn how to reduce that hotel bill by nearly half.