05 DEC 2017: New York hotels are charging guests up to US $25 per night for the privilege of sleeping near Times Square. Chains including Hilton, Marriott and Starwood are adding the non-negotiable “destination charge” to guests’ bills in some of their prime location digs.  

It is effectively a way to increase room rates – while keeping the “official” rate, shown on booking sites, low.

Blogger Gary Leff, who noticed the “urban destination charge” at the Hilton New York, called it “deserving of derision” and “the dumbest hotel charge I have ever seen”.

Read it all in the Independent

 

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