Marriott’s Resort Fees Are Getting Out of Hand At Some Properties
Bonvoy is at it again. Everything they touch turns into ash, I swear it. I really can not stand their program and they continue to make it a complete dumpster fire. Reader Patrick send me a screen shot of their latest and greatest (yes the same reader with the Vegas buffet tips, I owe him some beers at our next meetup 😉). They are charging a 10% resort fee at a property in Northern Michigan. And Marriott does NOT waive resort fees on award stays either! If they are doing it at one place then you know they are doing it at other places too…Marriott’s resort fees are getting out of control.
Patrick was thinking about booking a quick getaway at the Inn at Bay Harbor which is an autograph collection hotel. It looks like a beautiful property and it can be as high as $600-$700 a night during peak season. That is why points can be so valuable here, when you can find award space, because it is only 35,000 points a night. For the time being at least.
When you go to book the room Marriott alerts you to the fact that you will have to pay a 10% resort fee. You read that right 10%!
That 10% fee gets taxed as well which just piles on top. When the rooms are going for $500+ a night you are looking at adding $50+ a night to the booking. Marriott, unlike Hyatt, Hilton or even Wyndham (when you fight for it at least), charges their members resort fees on award stays. What a rewarding program!
We are no stranger to large resort fees, just look at Vegas. But I can not think of another program that ties the resort fee to a percentage of the room rate. On a holiday weekend I could see this getting up to $100 a night in fees.
Marriott and the Bonvoy program do not care about building loyalty. They care about the bottom line and that is it. That may work for business travelers with an expense account but for the leisure traveler they will be looking elsewhere. I imagine resort fees like this will be hitting more Marriott properties in the future.
Are Marriott’s resort fees on the rise? If you have already run into something similar then let us know where in the comments.