Hawaii Hotel Resort Fees

$65/Night Hawaii Resort Fees Persist But President Says Stop

Resort fees are back in the news today, and Hawaii has some of the most eye-popping ones as far as we know. Yesterday, President Joe Biden attacked egregious hotel resort fees and called on Congress to limit some of these fees being levied on consumers.

These add up to unfair fees… when you check out, it can be over $50 a night. — President Joe Biden.

This subject has been dragging on for a very long time. More than five years ago, the FTC said that “Separating mandatory resort fees from posted room rates without first disclosing the total price is likely to harm consumers.” Yet it continues widely to this day. Resort fees force consumers into making “An incomplete, less informed decision that may result in a more costly room, ” added FTC.

The American Hotel and Lodging  Association hit back, however, saying that 94% of hotels charge no resort. When they do, “it includes unique and tangible amenities such as food and beverage credits, special events, access to pools and beaches, transportation and spa services.”

It seems that Hawaii may have more than its fair share of hotel resort fees, and we simply fail to find the value in them. Read on for why these fees exist in the first place; it’s interesting.

InsultingHawaii Resort Fees Up To $65/Night.

Some of the highest Hawaii resort fees we found on checking today include the following. Below see the hotels with the highest percentage of total fees and taxes:

  1. Alohilani Resort $48/night.
  2. Andaz Maui $50/night.
  3. Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel $39/night.
  4. Aston Waikiki Beach Tower $45/night.
  5. Fairmont Orchid $42/night.
  6. Grand Hyatt Kauai $45/night.
  7. Grand Wailea Resort $50/night.
  8. Hilton Hawaiian Village $50/night. As an aside, also expect to pay $58-$68 for parking.
  9. Hotel Wailea $40/night.
  10. Hyatt Regency Waikiki $42/night.
  11. Koa Kea Resort $45/night.
  12. Mauna Lani Resort $45/night.
  13. Modern Honolulu $35/night
  14. Montage Kapalua Bay $65/night.
  15. Prince Hotel Waikiki $39/night.
  16. Royal Hawaiian $42/night.

Resort fees, together with taxes, can still add up to 50% to your bill.

Not only that, but some resort fees are very easy to find just by searching. Others are hidden away and can only be found when attempting to make a booking.

It’s interesting, too, that even some very high-end Hawaii hotels are no longer sharing resort fees. At the same time, others try to wrap resort fees together with parking fees and even allegedly with a car rental upgrade or discount, soft drinks, or other obscure and unnecessary things.

Some of the highest total fees and taxes when we last checked were at Prince Waikiki (48%), Outrigger Waikiki Beach (46%), and Laylow Autograph Collection (50%). Read the entire Hawaii resort fee and taxes article. Obviously, the higher the price of the hotel, the less percentage impact resort fees will have.

Why do Hawaii hotels charge resort fees?

It comes down to bait-and-switch to some degree. By hiding some of the costs until later in the visitor’s search process, it can frequently give the impression that the total cost is much less than it really is. It’s the same as airlines and their basic economy offerings.

Not only that, but Hawaii hotels don’t pay commissions to travel agencies on resort fees. So moving some of the money there helps their bottom line.

Avoiding Hawaii resort fees.

  • Check different rate codes and see if you can find one without a resort fee. You can also call the property and ask for suggestions.
  • Some hotels waive resort fees on award-type bookings.
  • The hotel’s branded credit card, or a travel-focused premium credit card can be another way to mitigate these fees.
  • Join the hotel’s frequent guest program and see if that reduces your resort fees.
  • Consider vacation rentals because often there is no resort fee, even at condo resorts (but they do have other fees to be aware of).

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28 thoughts on “$65/Night Hawaii Resort Fees Persist But President Says Stop”

  1. I agree this is an egregious practice. These affect all travelers, tourists and kama’aina alike. Hotels need to be required to show these fees as part of the per night total and not some fine print somewhere right before you click on payment. However, we are not the sole place doing this. I just stayed in a hotel in Scottsdale that charged $35 a night for one and they had nothing to show for it, and that was the same as last year in Palm Springs.

    Better yet, eliminate them. But then they will raise the room rates to reflect them. But that is better than trying to hide them from the consumer. It will help consumers make better choices, and perhaps give a leg up to those who choose not to charge for these things.

  2. BOH mentions vacation rentals but they have many additional fees as well. Looked at a VRBO rental on Kaanapali Beach tonight and this was the recap.

    7 nights – $3493
    Admin fee 282
    Management 94
    Cleaning 257
    Taxes 608
    Grand Total 5207

    $1714 in fees. Almost 50% of listed rental price

    1. The same thing was true when I was searching for nice places to stay in AZ. It’s not just HI. And some of the fees, like cleaning fees, are legit. I mean, I don’t want a unit that was not cleaned between the person before me and me. But many of these things are just like Ticketmaster fees…covering nothing of value and sticking it to the person buying.

  3. Travel fees will be here forever. Airlines are depending on them, now so do hotels in resort areas like Hawaii, Vegas, and even Reno and Dallas. As the hotel and airline industry consolidate, we will get these olygopolies that can set these charges, which are part of the travel traps. Condos have cleaning charges and other fees as well. What has desensitized travelers is the state and county taxes around 25 percent. So the hotel chains are getting in on the grift. The fees allow the price to be lower which gives the traveler a sense of getting a deal. And the hotel industry can say that consolidation is good because it keeps prices lower. And yet the travelers pay it because everyone is in on it.

  4. I object to resort fees. If you stay for one night (as a rest stop on a travel elsewhere), you will be charged a resort fee. I think you should be given the option, if you’re not going to use the resort amenities (pool, gym, whatever) don’t pay for it.

  5. This fee charge must be somewhat a new thing. I do not remember too much about it on previous trips. In any case it does seem to be a money grab. Yes, any money adds to the bottom line. Get that, but openness on what you are going to be paying should be reflected in the room rate quoted. Hotel can’t make ends meet; seems that would be a business thing to deal with; up the rates or make it better on the running of the hotel.

  6. Having to pay $40+ dollars a night so I can get a free USA Today, free local calls, two bottles of water and access to a “gym” with a broken treadmill and 6 mismatched dumbbells is absolutely insane.

  7. I hope the hospitality industry in Hawai’i pays heed to your thoughts on fees. Once again, my wife and I recently started the process to spend some time in the islands. Airfare from Orlando, where we reside, was reasonable. However, we were unable to find a reasonably priced hotel without resort fees and excessive parking fees. We even offered to spend a daily amount on meals at the resort restaurants equal to the resort fees and parking…there were no takers. Hawaii hospitality should study was is transpiring with Disney…an ousted CEO that had a history of price increases that priced out guests. Disney recently dropped daily parking fees; there were no Resort fees.

  8. Condos, timeshares, etc. also charge a resort fee. There is no frequent guest program you can belong to as there is with hotels. The price of condos has skyrocketed in 2021, 2022, and 2023 and for 2024. Each year they increase substantially. Isn’t increased rent enough to satisfy the owners and the State?


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