Save By Staying at These 8 Hotels Without Resort Fees

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One thing that pretty much all travelers can agree on is their unified disdain for resort fees. Only occasionally does the resort fee actually include something useful that you wouldn’t have expected to simply be a part of you nightly hotel rate. Most of the time it is just a clear money-grab to charge you for things that either should be included by virtue of paying to stay at the hotel, or that you aren’t going to make use of anyway. As you have probably noticed the resort fee trend is on the rise with not only more properties tacking on this fee, but the fee itself has grown from usually being around $20 per night to being $50 – $100+ per night at some popular properties. To make matters worse, in many cases the resort fees even apply to award stays!

I saw a post on The Points Guy this morning calling out 8 different hotels for their over-the-top resort fees, and it made me want to give some props to some hotels that don’t have resort fees. These 8 hotels arguably could easily charge resort fees since they either are resorts, or at the very least are surrounded by hotels where resort fees are very common such as in Hawaii and Las Vegas.

1. Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

While Hyatt Place properties generally don’t have resort fees regardless of location, this one deserves a round of applause since it is located in Waikiki where the overwhelming majority of hotels do charge a resort fee. You don’t pay a resort fee at any Hyatt property if you are staying on a purely Gold Passport points award, but even on points + cash or regular paid stays at this property you will be resort-fee-free. Paid rates can go below $200/night and award rates are 12,000 Hyatt points at this property that is just a few minutes walk from the beach.

Hyatt Place Waikiki

2. Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk

Another Waikiki property where you can use or earn points and avoid resort fees is the Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach. In the tradition of Embassy Suites you also have access to included cooked-to-order breakfast and the rooms are suites!

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Rates here seem to be around $200+ per night or you can use 60,000 Hilton points per night when standard awards are available.

3. Hyatt Ziva and Zilara All-Inclusive Properties

I absolutely love the Hyatt all-inclusive properties I have visited, and I have yet to see a price for these Hyatt Ziva and Zilara all-inclusive resorts located in Mexico and The Caribbean with a separate resort fee tacked on. The price displayed seems to include taxes and any fees they may have built-in, so while I can’t swear they don’t have a portion of the rate designated as a “resort fee” on the backend, the price you see seems to be the price you pay making it essentially resort-fee-free to me. Paid rates at these properties can vary widely from $350-ish per night up to $800+ per night. Points rates for these all-inclusives for double occupancy ranges from 20,000 – 25,000 points per night.

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4. Select Downtown Vegas Hotels + The M Resort

Sadly, the M Resort now charges a resort fee of about $17 per night.

Most hotels in Las Vegas have resort fees – in fact, the resort fee can be more than the base hotel nightly rate in some cases. However, there are a handful of downtown old-school properties that have resisted the resort fee as has The M Resort that is located about 10 miles south of The Strip. Rates at the M Resort seem to start at a little over $100/night.

M Resort

5. Four Seasons Maui

Okay this one isn’t points or budget friendly, but it does boast repeatedly on its website that it has no resort fee. In fact, the Four Seasons Maui states it is the only resort on Maui with no resort fee. Of course, rates for this gorgeous property are usually $500 – $700+ per night, but at least there isn’t another resort fee on top of that. Even though there is no resort fee, this property doesn’t charge extra for cabanas at the fountain and children’s pools, beach service, snorkel gear, kid’s camp, fitness classes, and a resort car service within Wailea.

Four Seasons Maui

6. Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels may not all be inexpensive, but they typically do not charge a resort fee. Despite this, there are still plenty of extras included like transportation around the Disney complex and even transportation to and from the airport via the Magical Express bus! In contrast, do note that the Swan and Dolphin hotels where you can use SPG points to stay on Disney property do charge a $25 per night resort fee.

Disney without the resort fee!

Disney without the resort fee!

7. Westin Riverfront Mountain Villas 

Near Beaver Creek in Colorado there are a few SPG hotels including the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, as well as the adjacent and similarly named Westin Riverfront Villas. We have stayed in both in these ski-friendly properties, but currently the villas are actually a better deal both because they start at just 12,000 points per night (or 9,600 on a five night stay), but also because they do not charge resort fees unlike the hotel portion of the property that charges a $30 per night resort fee.

Enjoy Beaver Creek without resort fees!

Enjoy Beaver Creek without resort fees!

8. All Hyatt Properties on Award Stays

While some Hyatt properties have very high resort fees on paid stays, none of them charge a resort fee on an award stay! In places like Hawaii, Colorado, Florida, and beyond you can save $50+ per night on resort fees by staying using your Hyatt Gold Passport points. On a multi-night stay this makes a pretty substantial difference. Note that this freedom from resort fees is only valid on purely points stays and is not valid on points + cash stays. The one exception to that is if you are lucky enough to be a top tier Hyatt Globalist Elite when the new World of Hyatt program launches in March 2017, as those top tier elites will not be charged resort fees on eligible paid stays or awards stays.

Grand Hyatt Kauai without resort fees courtesy of Hyatt points!

Grand Hyatt Kauai without resort fees courtesy of Hyatt points!

Have you been pleasantly surprised by a hotel that didn’t charge a resort fee?

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Comments

  1. Not sure if this is true for all Hiltons but I stayed at Hilton Hawaiian Village on points and did not have to pay the resort fee. Didn’t know it in advance so that was a pleasant surprise!

      • I stay there every time I got to Oahu. Best stretch of beach in the area and convenient to everything. Plus even though it’s over 50 yrs old they keep renovating and upgrading.

      • we stayed there 3 years ago and loved it. Used points for a basic room then negotiated a $200 per night upgrade to the presidential suite a head of time. (i think in Napa tower) It was awesome. Originally they only included one bedroom, but was able to convince them to throw in another connecting room for no additional upgrade cost since there wasnt bedding for 4.

  2. I did not realize the grand hyatt does not charge resort fees if booked on points. I will be at the Grand Hyatt this summer and on my reservation details it states “A Resort Fee of $30 plus tax will be added to your daily rate and includes….[insert stuff i don’t want here]”.
    Is this just standard language. I transferred 50K UR points for two nights and used my SO’s hyatt card 2 night free awards so we will be there for 4 nights. Will be great to avoid paying $120 plus tax

    • Summer, I hope your right. I’m using my two free award nights to stay at the Hyatt Grand Cypress in April. I was expecting to have to pay the resort fee, even though I’m staying for free. I sure hope your right on this! Would love to save the $ and spend it on Mickey bars instead.

        • Luv this post, and hope it’s really true. Yet why are we seeing these resort fees, in bold lettering, with “gold” highlighting, on the reservation screen? (I’m seeing it today on a draft reservation for Hyatt Regency Coconut Point… )

          Or is this yet another example of the terribly dysfunctional Hyatt web site ? (Love Hyatt hotels — but still much not liking their ever failing web site)

  3. What about MLife properties when you book with Hyatt points? Do they charge a resort fee? The California (Downtown Vegas) is being completely gutted and renovated so I hope they remain fee-free.

  4. Don’t be tempted to stay at the Four Seasons Wailea with kids. (Even without a resort fee!) Not a kid friendly hotel. Very quiet… next door the Grande Wailea is great for families however….

  5. I don’t even see why this scam is allowed. It’s just a way to lie about rates. All fees you can’t escape that are not imposed by a government authority should be required to be published in the rate. No exceptions.

  6. Do you have any thoughts on the standards at Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach? We are looking for something that will be CLEAN and family-friendly. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency before & it was fine, but we don’t really need all the fancy extras. However, I also want to make sure my family will have a clean & comfortable stay. Do you have a preference between the two?

    • I stayed at the Hyatt Place in Waikiki alone. It was clean and comfortable. The room I had was nice sized and had a sofa in a separate seating area. If you’re a Marriott fan, think SpringHill Suites. Bigger than a standard hotel room. It has a pool, but it’s a “normal” pool–not a big fancy pool with slides and fountains, etc. It’s a short walk to what I consider a very desirable part of Waikiki Beach. There are lots of restaurants nearby. Since it’s off of Kalakaua Avenue, it’s a bit quieter. Standard “free” Breakfast was included. It is not, however, a big “resort hotel” with lots of activities, etc. So, I would recommend it, as long as you know you’re not getting a big fancy resort hotel.

  7. Thanks for the tips (especially since we’re heading to Honolulu soon). Almost booked the Hyatt Place, but decided to save even a lil bit more by staying at the Hilton Gardens which also has no resort fee. Not that Hilton Gardens is a “resort” by any definition… If I had some Hyatt points to burn though, I’d totally book Hyatt Place for 12K points + no resort fee.

    M Resort also has free parking, which is becoming rare now in Las Vegas.

    • I live in Las Vegas and the parking charges are infuriating! Parking was always free until just recently. It definitely affects my decision to visit any of the strip attractions.

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