If you’ve booked a hotel recently you may have noticed the quoted price goes up when it is time to pay the bill. It isn’t just you, many travelers have been having this experience. These are commonly known as resort fees—though hotels call them anything, including: guest service fees; hotel fees; destination fees etc.
The fees often include things customers come to expect for free but these so-called bundles often include “free” WiFi, pool access and sometimes in destination cities things like a free drink or discounted breakfast.
A new bill to address this issue has been proposed in the House of Representatives. It would require by law that hotels and resorts more accurately display the real price of hotel rooms. How, specifically? They would need to include any mandatory fees before taxes in hotel room’s advertised price.
As one can imagine everyone from big name hotel brands to consumer representatives are weight in on the debate.
Following just over five years of construction and multiple delays, the long-awaited Shanghai Disney Resort opened its gates to the public on June 16. It is supposedly Disney’s biggest international park and takes full advantage of all the technological advances that have arrived since Disney’s last park opening — Hong Kong Disneyland — in 2005.
This means that rides you might have experienced at other parks — though many fan favorites are missing — have been given a complete revamp.
The best example of this is Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure.
A far cry from the original Pirates ride created by Walt himself back in the 1960s, this hi-tech version is the largest attraction in Shanghai Disneyland, taking up 16,340 square meters.
Boats are controlled magnetically so they can spin or go backwards to maximize views of all the scenes, which feature the latest animatronics technology.
The official dedication of Shanghai Disney Resort went forward as planned on Thursday morning local time, but an outdoor gala on Wednesday night was scrapped, with a smaller-scale event held inside instead. Disney said the change was due to rainy weather conditions.
Made up of Disneyland, Disneytown, Wishing Star Park and two hotels, the entire project covers 3.9 square kilometers.
If there is any place in the world that knows how to make winter about fun, excitement and warmth it is Boulder, Colorado. And there is no better place to make you comfortable on a Boulder vacation than the Boulderado.
The Hotel Boulderado’s unusual name came from combining Boulder and Colorado, which captures the inviting and invigorating spirit of the hotel’s host city and state. The mountain hotel is located in the hip historic district downtown, which is often referred to as feeling “small-town chic”.
The Boulderado first opened on New Year’s Day 1909 and was an instant hit. When you step under the green awning and enter the five-story Italianate brick building and stand under the lobby’s glittering stained-glass ceiling you’ll understand why. Follow the cantilevered cherry staircase from the lobby to any historic room and discover elegant antique and reproduction-style furnishings throughout—but don’t let the facade fool you into thinking the amenities are equally antiquated; every room has flat-screen televisions and high-speed wireless Internet access, and two expansions in the ‘80s brought the number of guest rooms to 160, along with over 10,000 square feet of meeting rooms and historic wedding venue space.
Spruce Farm & Fish offers impeccable contemporary American cuisine, and The Corner Bar’s inviting outside patio and legendary martinis draw locals and travelers alike. License No.1 was styled after a 1920’s speakeasy and offers classic cocktails with live entertainment and light fare. The downtown Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall is one block away, multiplying your dining and shopping choices. But no one will fault you if you stick to your room, intoxicated by the views of the Rocky Mountains from your window.
Resting gracefully among the Wasatch Mountains is Montage Deer Valley resort. Some call it the “crown” of Park City nestled into Empire Pass at 9,000 feet above sea level. Quite like a grand old Alpine chalet.
While skiing could be called the resort’s “main attraction” a variety of other winter activities are available allowing guests to explore the breath taking winter landscape some of these include snowshoeing, tubing, ice-skating, and snowmobiling. Guests can also experience the rush of real Olympic bobsled runs at the Utah Olympic Park. If one is looking for outdoor adventure, but without the adrenaline rush, there is the Snowcat Sleigh ride—a 23 minute mountain adventure perfect for families or romance.
Inside the resort’s beautifully appointed buildings the service is grounded by attentive personnel, well-designed suites and rooms (many are residences). And once you’ve had enough of the outdoors pampering of all kinds are available at the 35,000-foot Spa Montage. Fine dining, concierges to plan your every moment, and daily kids’ activities called Paintbox mean you can truly call this a retreat.
Although you’ll have to drive or take a resort shuttle, Park City is vibrant town, with over a hundred restaurants, comes to life each night in the winter with live music at hotspots like Vista Lounge, where cheese fondue and warm cider are must-have items.
All in all Park City, Utah and it’s gorgeous crown jewel Montage Deer Valley will make the perfect winter get away for couples, families or groups of friends.