New York hotels add $25 nightly tax to stays near Times Square
A new tax coined the “Urban Destination Charge” is being added to stays in hotels that are near the popular destination of Times Square
Visitors to New York should watch their hotel bills, as a new tax coined the "Urban Destination Charge" is being added to stays in hotels that are near the popular destination of Times Square in Manhattan. This dubious charge has been implemented by big brands who operate hotels in the area, namely Hilton, Westin and Marriott, and the charge does not appear on platforms like Booking.com when guests make the reservation, but guests are instead charged on arrival. They are told the fee is "non-optional", effectively making it part of the price of the room, but by eliminating this portion of the room price at the online booking stage, these hotels make these rooms appear cheaper than competitors, falsely driving up business to their hotels. Amenities such as internet, phone calls and food and drink credits are said to be included in the charge, but being that it is mandatory, guest cannot opt to waive these services.
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