It’s quite common to see resorts tack on mandatory resort fees, but now these fees are starting to appear more in some major metropolitan cities. When it comes to NYC, the first major hotel to tack on a resort fee was the New York Hilton Midtown Manhattan Hotel, which adds a $25 mandatory charge per night.
It seems as if other hotels have decided to join the Hilton, as we’ve seen two new hotels recently implement the same fee, which isn’t necessarily waived for elite members!
The Sheraton New York Times Square has added a $25 nightly resort fee:
Our 25 USD daily destination fee includes upgrades designed to enhance your stay in New York City:
- 25 USD daily Food and Beverage Credit in Hudson’s Market, In-Room Dining, or Club Lounge
- NYC Experience, choice of: Gulliver’s gate in Times Square; Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, or City Sights New York Cruise – including Hop on/off (one per day). See Tickets & Tours Desk to redeem.
- 20% Discount at Landau on all regular priced merchandise
- Fitness Class with On-Property Instructor (1 per day)
- Enhanced Wired Internet and Local/Long Distance/International Calls
The Grand Hyatt New York now has a $25 resort fee which includes:
- High speed premium internet
- Local, long distance and international calls
- $15 food and beverage credit in hotel Market per room per day
- Access to daily New York Times & Financial Times via in-room app
- Grand Central self-guided audio tour for two per stay
- Seasonal rooftop tour viewing NYC skyline
- Exclusive Grand Central coupon book with discounts and free offers for Grand Central Terminal vendors
- Macy’s VIP passport which includes 15% discount on regular and sale merchandise, 20% off food and beverage & complimentary fine jewlery & “MyStylist” personal shopper
- Luggage storage upon check in (up to four (4 bags) and upon check out (maximum eight (8) hours)
Be sure to check your hotel booking if staying at one of these hotels to make sure you’re not being charged their new $25 mandatory “Destination Fee”. There are still many hotels in NYC that don’t tack on such a fee, so I’d recommend opting to stay at one of those properties.
You can also check out 42 Manhattan Hotels With Resort Fees, to know which properties to avoid.
What are your thoughts on hotels adding on destination fees to reservations?