When traveling to popular vacation destinations, you might find an extra charge tacked on to your hotel room bill, labeled as a “resort fee.” What exactly is this charge, what do you get for it, and do you really have to pay it? Read on to find out. What Is a Resort Fee? Say a hotel targets $125 a night in room revenue. But it also wants to appear to be a good deal, especially with high competition on third-parting booking sites. So, instead of $125, the hotel lists its rate as $100, but it still gets the targeted $125 by adding a mandatory $25 fee, which guests pay when they check out of the hotel. To make this fee seem reasonable, hotels come up a laundry list of services that they say the fee covers, such as access to the pool, Wi-Fi, parking, a fancy fitness center, or whatever else sounds plausible. And if one hotel starts tacking on resort fees in a certain destination, other hotels will follow. Many hotels have different names for these charges such as … [Read more...] about What Is a Resort Fee, and How Can You Avoid It?
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Preferred Hotels & Resorts has announced the winners of its 2019 Preferred Awards of Excellence and GIFTTS Pineapple Award initiatives. The luxury hospitality company, entering its 15th year of ownership by the Ueberroth family, honored it top independent hotels and philanthropic efforts of its member properties. The awards were presented at the closing ceremony of the 2019 Preferred Global Conference, which took place at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort in Monaco from February 25 to March 1. 2019 Preferred Awards of Excellence The Preferred Awards of Excellence recognize partners across the company’s network that “epitomize excellence within the Preferred Hotels & Resorts brand promise and inspire the global travel community to pursue #ThePreferredLife.” This year’s winners include: Luxury Travel Advisor’s ULTRA Summit May 21-23, 2019 | Reunion | Kissimmee, FL This exclusive, invite-only event focused on the luxury travel market brings … [Read more...] about Preferred Hotels & Resorts Announces 2019 Awards Winners
This is not a travel story about how I got to see “Hamilton” with the blockbuster musical’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, in the lead in January in Puerto Rico. This is not a travel story about the particular tour we took to Puerto Rico and how nice it was to let someone else do all the planning. It’s not a travel tome about San Juan’s amazing history, though the city is so steeped in tales of conflict and adventure it should be sepia toned. (And sepia toned Puerto Rico definitely is not, surrounded by blue water, trimmed in beige sand beaches, frosted in lush green rain forest and sprinkled with a paintbox of colors on the buildings.) This is a travel story that says: Go to Puerto Rico. Don’t fear the devastation from the hurricane that slammed the island 20 months ago. Parts of the island are still struggling, but there is so much that is quaint, tasty and breathtakingly beautiful. The residents went through hell, but are gracious and friendly. … [Read more...] about Puerto Rico trip started with ‘Hamilton,’ but ended with admiration for island’s spirit
Traveling is no longer just a way to take a break and escape your everyday routine, it's a way to give back. Over the past couple of years, traveling to a destination to see and help with its preservation through ecotourism, voluntourism and agritourism (like woofing) has been on the rise.Executive director of the Center for Responsible Travel Martha Honey told the New York Times that seeking authentic experiences within the local culture is the new way of travel. However, being a responsible traveler isn't as hard as it sounds. An easy way for tourists to help local economies is by checking out local businesses, especially those beyond major city centers. In doing so, she said it can even give travelers a better vacation by helping build a connection to the destination. 10 PHOTOS 10 things to do in San Juan, Puerto Rico See Gallery 10 things to do in San Juan, Puerto Rico Go snorkeling Take advantage of San Juan's clear waters by … [Read more...] about 10 reasons to visit San Juan, Puerto Rico right now
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Travel | 36 Hours in San Juan Supported by Puerto Rico’s capital is open for business, welcoming visitors with its winning combination of lovely beaches, energetic night life and gregarious island charm. ByPaola Singer Feb. 7, 2019 Nearly a year and a half after Hurricane Maria, stories of hope and progress are emerging in Puerto Rico, just as the island’s tropical vegetation is flourishing once again. While there is still much work to be done, and some rural areas might not fully recover for years, the capital of San Juan has been humming along for months. With a few exceptions, shops, hotels and restaurants are operating as usual, and there are some noteworthy additions to the city’s lively dining scene. The cultural landscape is energetic as well: Lin-Manuel Miranda made headlines with his … [Read more...] about 36 Hours in San Juan