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Hotel or commune? New wave of lodging is aimed at digital nomads who want more than Wi-Fi connection | By chicagotribune.com

chicagotribune.com 13 April 2018
Eyes closed, poised in a lotus position, I mentally slip away from our morning mindfulness instruction to meditate on the joy that we might offer the world today.I also wonder: What do I think of this place we're staying -- a place my wife likes to call "the commune?"Others call it Roam Miami, the Florida outpost of a small but quickly growing global network of co-living spaces, where guests can rent a room by the day, week or longer.I paid $850 a week for the two of us to stay here in winter; the price drops to $600 when the heat spikes upward in low season. Monthly, it costs about $2,000 to call this place home.

What's ahead for hotel guests in 2018? Probably more resort fees | chicagotribune.com

chicagotribune.com 2 January 2018
Mandatory "resort fees" mushroomed last year, even as hotels added new charges for all kinds of things, including cancellations and late checkouts. With pressure to squeeze even more profit from customers, you don't have to be an industry insider to see where this is going.

Mandatory resort fees are on the rise - again | hicagotribune.com

chicagotribune.com 31 July 2017
Tamara Myers thought that her hotel bill at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino would come to $415. At least that's what Otel.com, the website through which she booked the room, promised her. But the site glossed over a small detail: a mandatory daily "resort fee" payable at checkout, which added $306 to the folio. Gotcha. "I did my due diligence," insists Myers, who lives in Indianapolis and works for the military. She'd made the reservation for her 88-year-old mother, who was caring for her brother in Las Vegas. "The fee was listed nowhere on Otel.com."Mandatory resort fees, tacked onto a hotel bill after an initial price quote - and sometimes even later, as with Myers - are on the rise again. A total of 1,026 domestic hotels charged a resort fee for the first half of 2017, a 14 percent increase from just six months ago, according to new research from Resortfeechecker.com, a site that allows travelers to look up resort fees at hotels worldwide. The average resort fee, which covers everything from "free" WiFi to access to exercise facilities, now stands at almost $21, a jump of 8.7 percent from last December.

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