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InterContinental New York Times Square adds a ‘resort fee’

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The InterContinental New York Times Square, a popular choice for Head for Points readers, has become the latest New York hotel to add a ‘resort fee’ to its rates.

According to the website:

The Daily Destination Fee of $30.00 USD plus applicable taxes allows our guest to enjoy: $25 Food & Beverage Credit per day, $15 Laundry/Dry Cleaning Credit per day, Premium High Speed Internet Service, Free Local & International calls, Gulliver Gate Museum pass, VIP pass for discounts at The Shops at Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center

Intercontinental TImes Square adds resort destination fee

If you use the credit against breakfast then you are almost even, although there are no shortage of places nearby to get a good breakfast for a lot less than $25 (including the diner used in Seinfeld, the name of which I always forget).  You are in more trouble if you have already booked a ‘bed and breakfast’ rate as you are then arguably forced to eat in at night.

This fee is not made clear on ihg.com until the final booking page.  Given that taxes are also excluded from the headline price, it is now getting a bit silly.  You have the IHG website quoting you $620 per night which suddenly becomes $750 per night when taxes and the ‘destination fee’ are added.

Meanwhile, the lawsuit between IHG and the hotel owner is continuing.  The landlord wants to dump InterContinental as the operator but IHG is resisting this.  I would be wary of making any cash bookings for this hotel well in advance.

The other InterContinental in New York, The Barclay, does not have a ‘destination fee’ (yet?).


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Comments (95)

  • Simon Schus says:

    Hi all 🙂

    I used the £50 off £250 Hilton spend on one of my AMEX cards (AMEX Platinum Charge). Has anybody had any luck phoning up recently and asking for the offer to be available on another card where it has not appeared? (e.g. AMEX Platinum Credit; BA card? Platinum Supplementary/Additional Cards).

    • Crafty says:

      If you have sufficient planned bookings to trigger the credit between them, I will happily pay you £25 to pay for them for you… I have the offer multiple times over, and not enough stays to use it!!

  • Lee Thomas says:

    can you get lounge access in cardiff on a vueling flight as one world saphire?

  • MKB says:

    The Capital Radio building is on the SE corner a few doors down from the Odeon Leicester Square.

    The Indigo is on the North side next to the Cineworld (formerly Empire).

    It has 9 floors with rooms on floors 1 to 8. The bar takes up floor 9 with its own wrap-around balcony.
    Floor 7 has the rooms with balconies.
    Floor 8 has rooms with fantastic view, provided you don’t have 810 on the back or 801 on the side.
    I got upgraded to corner room 802. It was compact and some things didn’t work, but I enjoyed it a lot. The vista was fantastic. I’m back there again this weekend.

  • The Original Nick says:

    Slightly OT, I’m currently in the IC Toronto Club lounge and have noticed there’s no free alcohol. It’s all charged to your room via a card you have to fill in and pass to the staff.

  • Simon Schus says:

    Seems like DUB is looking to build a hotel connected to Terminal 2: https://www.dublinairport.com/latest-news/detail/daa-seeks-bidders-for-new-terminal-linked-hotel

    All exciting!

  • Nick says:

    Apologies if I’ve missed it, but does the hotel fee apply to reward bookings? I assume not, because I’m not charged a similar fee for reward nights at the palazzo, which I assume charges it for cash bookings. If not, it may be cheaper to buy the points and book a reward night than to pay the cash and then this additional tax.

  • Matthew Goode says:

    I’ve booked three nights in July on points. Will I need to pay taxes and the resort fee for each night?

    • Rob says:

      Not the taxes (they are a % if your rate, which is nil) but you will pay the resort fee.

      • Matthew Goode says:

        Hmmm… I booked it on 29 April and don’t see anything on my booking confirmation. If they are going to ask for a resort fee then I may just cancel the booking and book elsewhere.

        • Rob says:

          Only appeared this week. Debatable whether it can be added in arrears.

  • Mark says:

    I wonder if the “Backstage” rooms will be as grotty as the backstage areas of most theatres?

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