What Do Resort Fees Actually Cover?

These add-on charges from Bellagio, Fairmont, InterContinental and more pay for services you probably didn't know you even had.


Resort fees have steadily been creeping into urban destinations from Boston to Seattle under the guise of "destination" or "amenity" fees. (Click here for a more in-depth look at the issue and how planners are responding.) As shown below, these mandatory charges, marketed as value-added services designed specifically to benefit the guest, vary from hotel to hotel. They encompass a wide spectrum from mundane complimentary WiFi access and in-room bottled water to the more unconventional, such as notary services, package handling and even dog treats.

Bellagio, Las Vegas

  • Resort fee per day: $45

Fee includes: High-speed Internet access throughout the hotel, unlimited local and toll-free calls from guest rooms, fitness center access, airline boarding-pass printing and notary services.

Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston

  • Resort fee per day: $25

Fee includes: Daily $25 F&B credit, two bottles of water per day in guest rooms, complimentary WiFi, local and long-distance calls from guest rooms.

Grand Hyatt New York

  • Resort fee per day: $30 

Fee includes: High-speed Internet access, $15 F&B credit, complimentary long-distance and international calls from guest rooms, a tour of the hotel's Skyline Rooftop (valued at $20) and shopping/dining discounts at Macy's

Hotel Theodore, Seattle

  • Resort fee per day: $23.12 (includes tax)

Fee includes: Extended water service and a nightly craft cocktail hour in the lobby; complimentary Bible, Koran, Torah, etc., delivered to rooms; pillow menu, unlimited local and long-distance calls; 24-hour access to the gym; bike rentals; priority access to the restaurant and a complimentary Well + Fit kit

InterContinental Magnificent Mile, Chicago

  • Resort fee per day: $12.55 (includes tax)

Fee includes: Daily bottled water in guest rooms, 24-hour access to the fitness center and indoor pool, free WiFi and free calls from guest rooms.

Kimpton Epic Hotel, Miami

  • Resort fee per day: $29

Fee includes: One fitness class at the Exhale Mind Body Spa; daily Cuban coffee break at 3 p.m. in the hotel's living room; turndown service; access on guests' smart devices to PressReader, which features more than 7,000 periodicals; printing services for up to 10 pages; WiFi; complimentary local and toll-free calls from guest rooms.

The NoMad Los Angeles

  • Resort fee per day: $27.50 (includes tax)

Fee includes: Exclusive access to rooftop pool, priority dining reservations and a contribution toward preserving the historic status of the hotel.

Pendry, San Diego

  • Resort fee per say: $35

Fee includes: Morning coffee at the hotel café, twice-daily maid service, shoeshine, dog treats (if you bring a dog), amenities for kids (if you have any with you) and complimentary WiFi.