If you're not careful, you can sometimes wind up paying much more than you had expected when you check out of your hotel. Almost all hotels offer additional services that you may be tempted to use, but that come with a considerable markup that you will be required to pay in addition to your room rate. Most hotels will add extra charges to your bill for the following: making local and long-distance telephone calls, accessing the Internet, ordering room service, using the mini-bar, or having additional guests or pets. Wyndham is an important exception to note, as its ByRequest members receive free local and domestic long distance calls and free high-speed Internet access.
Some cities may also charge a hotel tax, an extra fee added on to the price of your stay. Taxes can result from convention costs, local surcharges, and other miscellany. Read SmarterTravel.com's hotel city guides to see if additional taxes apply in your destination city.