So you’ve booked a stay at a posh, upscale luxury hotel. Now you’re about to take off on your flight, and enjoy the vacation of your dreams. But wait – that pricey luxury hotel stay doesn’t include everything!
While luxury hotels offer plenty of amenities, there are some things that you’ll still have to pay for – even if you shell out for their largest, most expensive suite. In this article, we’ll take a look at 4 things that are usually not included in the price of a luxury hotel. Let’s get started now.
That’s right – don’t indulge in that Kit-Kat or enjoy any of the “airline-flight” sized bottles of booze in your minibar. It’s going to cost you a pretty penny – sometimes a markup of 300% or more.
You might expect a few minibar items to be included, but that’s not the case. Dodge that minibar unless you want a hefty bill at the end of your stay!
Other items in your room are free, though – coffee, complimentary chocolates, and bottles of water set out in your room are included in the price of your stay. Just don’t open the minibar and you’ll be safe!
This is confusing, especially if you’re a first-time visitor to a luxury hotel. While some luxury hotels offer free breakfast, many do not – you’ll have to pay for breakfast at the in-hotel restaurant, or from room service.
Usually, it’s not too expensive, but you shouldn’t count on a free breakfast even from a 5-star luxury hotel.
This is another very counter intuitive expense. Luxury hotels are less likely to offer free Wi-Fi than their lower-budget counterparts. Lower-budget hotels often use amenities like free Wi-Fi to attract vacationers and business travellers – whereas luxury hotels already have the market cornered when it comes to 5-star service.
This means that they don’t need to offer things like free Wi-Fi just to get people to stay – and since people are likely to shell out for internet service anyway, they can bank a little bit more profit.
Laundry And Dry Cleaning
Even if a hotel does offer laundry and dry-cleaning services, don’t expect them to be free. In fact, because of the convenience of in-hotel laundry and dry cleaning, there is usually a 100% or higher markup – compared to getting your services from an outside laundry or dry cleaning store.
Still, the convenience of laundry services is great for vacationers, and dry cleaning is often a must for business travellers. Just don’t be surprised when your bill looks a little higher than it should!
Enjoy Your Stay – And Avoid Unexpected Costs – With These Tips!
With this quick guide, it will be easy for you to understand what is – and isn’t – included with your luxury hotel stay. You can budget accordingly, and avoid any unexpected costs. Thanks for reading – and have a happy (and wallet-friendly) vacation!