We are staying at a Westin in Greater Boston tonight. Basically an inner suburb.
Yet, it’s $15 for parking. I confirmed that the Extended Stay America next door is free.
Wi-Fi is $9.95 in the room. Often free at cheaper hotels.
And the minibar is ridiculous, $5 for a water, $19 for a half bottle of wine (Alexander Valley), $8 for shortbread cookies, insane.
I really don’t know why luxury hotels are so behind on this.
I don’t mind being charged to park in Boston. Parking is expensive there, space is at a premium. But to not charge parking for people visiting the hotel and to charge guests is madness.
And I really don’t like hotels that much. I think a lot of them are honestly haunted places.
It’s interesting because I went to business school to be a consultant and to stay at places like this. The inflated little charges is because they think corporations will pay them. We can do better. A much cheaper place like Best Western or Extended Stay America or Courtyard by Marriott does.