What Are Resort Fees?


WHAT ARE RESORT FEES?  While the total applicable taxes in South Carolina amount to only 10%, several of the lodging properties are arbitrarily adding a 2% to 4% fee to the vacationer’s room charges. Some others arbitrarily add $2 to $5 per night to the bill. What does the guest actually get for these sneaky add-ons? Stuff that they used to get for free, like access to the health club, local telephone calls, running water, a telephone, a TV, towels, windows – you get the picture. Of course, they rarely tell the suckers about these fees. They just stick them on the bill at checkout, and hope that the chumps won’t notice them. 

Needless to say, we would choose at a more reputable property, because these kinds of operators are usually the same ones who only provide clean towels when a guest demands them, and instead of giving the guests fresh sheets they only give them a fresh bottom sheet, while they move the dirty bottom sheet to the top sheet spot. Now, isn’t that enough to make your skin crawl? 

If you do happen to find any of these hidden fees, or any other charges that you believe to be unwarranted, on your bill, demand to see the General Manager, or Manager on Duty (MOD), and raise hell with them and they will probably take it off your bill. If they don’t, as soon as you get home file a complaint with your credit card company and the following consumer groups…

Better Business Bureau of Myrtle Beach

1601 Oak Street

Myrtle Beach, SC 29577



Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce

Ethics Department

1200 North Oak Street

Myrtle Beach, SC 29578



Myrtle Beach Hospitality Association

Ethics Department

1200 North Oak Street

Myrtle Beach, SC 29578


South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs
Post Office Box 5757
3600 Forest Drive, 3rd Floor
Columbia, South Carolina 29250
In North Carolina…
Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce
4948 Main Street
Shallotte, NC 28459
North Carolina Department of Justice
Consumer Protection Section
Post Office Box 629
Raleigh, NC 27602-0629


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