(WAFB) – Hidden fees are frustrating. You’ve probably encountered them on ticket purchases to a concert when booking a flight and somewhere before you get to the bottom line of your utility bill.
According to TripSavvy.com, many hotels are now charging mandatory “resort fees” that can cost as much as $45 per room per night. These fees include privileges ranging from making telephone calls to internet access to the coffee maker in your room.
The tricky part is that these fees can cover whatever the hotel wants them to cover. So, for example, the resort fee gives you gym or pool access, pool towels, minibar items, even a newspaper in some hotels.
Some hotel websites do not mention resort fees at all, which can be dangerous for consumers. That’s because the US Federal Trade Commission does not require hotels to disclose resort fees in the initial phase of the booking process.
You can look up hotel resort fees for popular destinations on ResortFeeChecker.com, but what if you’re planning on taking the family somewhere quieter for your summer vacation? The quickest way to find out about resort fees is to call the hotel and ask the front desk staff.
You may be able to negotiate directly with your hotel if you do not intend to use the services covered by the resort fee. Speaking of unwinding, the Ala Wai, Koolau, Hawaii Kai, and Hawaii Prince golf courses are all close to this Oahu resort and very relaxing. Each is a professional, 18-hole course set against the backdrop of the Oahu landscape. Additionally, guests can enjoy horseback riding, tennis, massages, mani/pedis, and facials.
There are five restaurants to choose from at The Kahala Hotel and Resort. The Veranda is adjacent to the lobby and offers afternoon tea, snacks, and evening cocktails. Tokyo serves, well, Japanese cuisine, obviously, with an open Sushi bar to boot. Hoku’s Restaurant is award-winning, offering Oahu’s most innovative dining options while guests can enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific. Plumeria Beach House is an open-air café with buffets for all three meals. Finally, Seaside Grill serves sandwiches, seafood, salads, and tropical fruity drinks at beachside tables.
More Amenities at The Kahala Hotel and Resort
The Keiki Club is a children’s program that will babysit the little ones while parents escape for a relaxing day at the spa. At the Keiki club, they will have fun with hula dancing, lei making, kite flying, beach activities, fish prints, leaf prints, scavenger hunts, shell art, puppet making, and more.