Big Girls Don’t Cry (Until They Get Their Room Service Bills)

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When we caught up with Fergie in New York and asked her about her biggest financial mistake her answer was short and (very likely) sweet: “I spend way too much money on room service," the Black Eye'd Pea front-woman tells MainStreet. "That is my big splurge.”

Though we weren’t sure what she ordered, we’re pretty sure she overpaid for it.

Last year hotels around the world collected almost $2 billion in surcharges and hidden fees, according to a study published by PricewaterhouseCooper’s Hospitality Division. In other words, even if there is a space to sign for a tip when room service arrives, check to make sure a gratuity is not already added on your bill.

For example, even before you sign for room service at the AAA four-diamond rated Boar's Head Inn in Charlottesville, VA, all tabs are automatically served up with a 9% sales and meal tax, as well as a 19% gratuity and a $3.00 delivery charge. And, it is not like the food is cheap to begin with. If you feel like granola and a fruit shake for breakfast at Hollywood's Sunset Marquis, that will be $17, before taxes and fees.

Want to bring your hotel bill down (like London, London Bridge)? Experts say you should get out of your room if you are hungry. And always read the fine print on your bill. “Hotels will always disclose the charges somewhere, it is a case of ‘buyer beware,’" says Reneta McCarthy, a lecturer at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. "People will only run into trouble or be surprised if they don’t look out [for the charges].”

 

 

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