ANDAZ MAUI AT WAILEA RESORT - A CONCEPT BY HYATT - Wailea, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $424 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee:  $40 (+ tax)
Actual Hotel Rate: $522.54
What does Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort claim a guest gets for the fee? The use of the rental of a camera, use of snorkel equipment, yoga and pilates classes, single and tandem bike, kayak tours and hula lessons
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.

ASTON AT THE WHALER ON KAANAPALI BEACH
Advertised Room Rate: $255 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $15 (+ tax) - They call it a "facilities fee"
Actual Hotel Rate: $305.88
What does the Aston at the Whaler on Kaanapali Beach claim a guest gets for the fee? "The mandatory resort fee covers the wifi, daily housekeeping, pool and beach towels, daily coffee and tea replenishment." 
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.

ASTON KAANAPALI SHORES
Advertised Room Rate: $205 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee:  $18.75( tax inclusive ) - They call this a "facilities fee"
Actual Hotel Rate: $251.25
What does the Aston Maui Kaanapali Shores claim a guest gets for the "facilities fee"? Internet access, daily replenishment of coffee, daily Maui newspaper, use of the safe, local and 1-800 calls, DVD rental card, a vacation portrait, weekly hula show and a discount at the fitness center
If you do not want any of these things can you just not pay the fee? No. 

ASTON MAUI KAANAPALI VILLAS
Advertised Room Rate: $205 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee:  $15.62  ( tax inclusive ) - They call this a "facilities fee"
Actual Hotel Rate: $248.12
What does the Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas claim a guest gets for the "facilities fee"? Wifi in the rooms, local and toll free calls, in-room safe, fitness center access and parking and discounts off of the day spa rates
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.

ASTON AT THE WAIKIKI BANYAN
Advertised Room Rate: $175 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee:  $18.85 ( tax inclusive) - They call this an "amenity fee"
Actual Hotel Rate: $218.29
What does the Aston at the Waikiki Banyan claim a guest gets for the "amenity fee"? Wifi access, coffee and tea daily, free movies and games, daily newspaper and use of the in-room safe
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.

ASTON WAIKIKI BEACH HOTEL
Advertised Room Rate: $199 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee:  $24.08 (tax inclusive) - They call it an "amenity fee"
Actual Hotel Rate: $250.87
What does the Aston at the Waikiki Beach Hotel claim a guest gets for the "amenity fee"? Wifi, internet, local and toll free calls, unlimited movie and game rentals, access to the fitness center, souvenir beach bag, coffee replenished daily and access to the in-room safe
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.

ASTON AT THE MAUI BANYAN
Advertised Room Rate: $155 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $18.75 (tax inclusive) - They call it an "amenity fee"
Actual Hotel Rate: $194.55
What does the Aston at the Maui Banyan claim a guest gets for the fee? Wifi, safe, coffee, tea, water
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No. 

ASTON WAIKIKI SUNSET
Advertised Room Rate: $189 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee:  $18.85 (tax inclusive) - They call it an "amenity fee"
Actual Hotel Rate: $234.24
What does the Aston Waikiki Sunset claim a guest gets for the fee? Wifi, use of safe in the room, local and toll-free phone calls, coffee and tea in rooms, rental of DVD and games, and newspapers
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No. 

ASTON WAIKIKI CIRCLE HOTEL
Advertised Room Rate: $224 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee:  $18.85 (tax inclusive) 
Actual Hotel Rate: $274.13
What does the Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel claim a guest gets for the fee? Wifi, in-room safe, free movies and games, coffee and tea daily and a newspaper
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No. 

ASTON AT PAPAKEA RESORT
Advertised Room Rate: $189 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee:  $15.62 (tax inclusive) - They call it a "facilities use fee"
Cleaning fee: $89 - One time charge
Actual Hotel Rate: $318.97
What does the Aston Papakea Resort claim a guest gets for the fee? Blue ray and DVD rental, parking, swimming pool, outdoor BBQ, in room coffee and tea, wifi and internet access
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.

KAPALUA VILLAS MAUI
Advertised Room Rate: $185 (+ tax)  
Mandatory Resort Fee:  $25 (+ tax)  
Cleaning fee: $160 (+ tax) - So that's a one time total charge of 182.272
Actual Hotel Rate: $439.80
What does the Kapalua Villas Maui claim a guest gets for the resort fee? Use of the in-villa safe, self-parking, incoming faxes, unlimited wired and wireless internet access, preferred guest rates at the golf course, activities at the golf course and the use of the tennis garden facilities and a shuttle service
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.
Note - The hotel has a two night minimum stay
Taxes - Room rate here is taxed at 4.712%, resort fee is taxed at 4.712% but cleaning fee is taxed at 13.92%

LUMERIA MAUI
Advertised Room Rate: $269 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee:  $25 (+ tax) PER PERSON per night - They call it a "retreat fee"
Actual Hotel Rate: $357.16
What does the Lumeria Maui claim a guest gets for the resort fee? All of the classes, a light organic breakfast, use of pool and jacuzzi and grounds in general
If you do not want these things can you just not pay the fee? No. 

MAUI BEACH HOTEL
Advertised Room Rate: $129 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee:  $10.42 (tax inclusive) - They call it a "convenience fee"
Actual Hotel Rate: $156.73
What does the Maui Beach Hotel claim a guest gets for the resort fee? PS3 player, shuttle service, daily newspaper, wifi, coffee maker in the room, safe, fitness center
If you do not want any of these things can you just not pay the fee? No.

MAUI ELDORADO KAANAPALI BY OUTRIGGER
Advertised Room Rate: $118 (+ taxes) 4
Mandatory Resort Fee:  $14.58 (tax inclusive) 
Mandatory Cleaning Cost: $95 (+ taxes)  - A one time cost of $99.427 per reservation
Actual Hotel Rate: $236.96
What does the Maui Eldorado Kaanapali by Outrigger claim a guest gets for the resort fee? Guest parking, luggage storage, internet, access to beach and cabanas, access to swimming pools, BBQ grills and the reception desk
If you do not want any of these things can you get out of the fee? No.
Note - The hotel has a two night minimum stay

AQUA ALOHA SURF WAIKIKI
Advertised Room Rate: $109.65 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee:  $15.72 (tax inclusive) - They call it a "hospitality fee"
Actual Hotel Rate: $140.68
What does the Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki claim a guest gets for the resort fee? The daily continental breakfast, 24 hour coffee, tea and wifi
If you do not want any of these things can you get out of the fee? No. 

AQUA BAMBOO WAIKIKI
Advertised Room Rate:  $159 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee:  $15 (+ tax) - Called a "hospitality fee"
Actual Hotel Rate: $196.91
What does the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki claim a guest gets for the resort fee? Amenities like complimentary wifi, discounts at Macy's, beach towels and chairs, shuttle to a shopping center, coffee and tea, chilled water, DVDs complimentary, BBQ grill, bell service, ice machine, luggage storage
If you do not want any of these things can you get out of the fee? No. 

ASTON SHORES AT WAIKOLOA
Advertised Room Rate: $259 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $10.42 (tax inclusive) - Called a "amenity fee"
Cleaning Fee: $98.95 (tax inclusive)
Actual Hotel Rate: $403.12
What does the Aston Shores at Waikoloa say a guest gets for the resort fee? Blue-ray, DVD movie and PlayStation 3 game rentals, daily coffee and tea, high-speed internet access and wifi access, daily newspaper, local and toll-free calls, in-room safe usage. 
If a guest do not want any of these things can they get out of the fee? No.

AQUA OASIS

AQUA PACIFIC MONARCH

AQUA PALMS WAIKIKI

HAWAIIAN MONARCH HOTEL

CASTLE KAMAOLE SANDS

ASTON KONA BY THE SEA

THE CLIFFS AT PRINCEVILLE

HILTON GRAND VACATIONS SUITES AT HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE

HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE WAIKIKI BEACH RESORT

MAUI BANYAN VACATION CLUB

MAUI BEACH VACATION CLUB

MAUI COAST HOTEL

HOKELE SUITES

HOKULANI WAIKIKI BY HILTON GRAND VACATIONS

HOTEL RENEW

SHERATON MAUI RESORT & SPA

EWA HOTEL WAIKIKI

SHERATON KAUAI RESORT

KAUAI SHORES, AN AQUA HOTEL

SHERATON WAIKIKI

KAUAI MARRIOTT RESORT

WYNDHAM KOLOA LANDING AT POIPU BEACH
Koloa, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $431 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $33.33 (tax inclusive)
Actual Hotel Rate: $519.19
What does the Wyndham Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach say you get for the fee? Wifi, parking, access to the pool and different activities like a putting green and volley ball
If you do not want any of these things can you get out of the fee? No.
Note - Absolutely no mention of the resort fee anywhere on their website

HYATT REGENCY MAUI RESORT
Lahaina, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $319 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $31.25 (tax inclusive)
Actual Hotel Rate: $393.06
What does the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort say you get for the fee? Yoga and fitness classes, 24 access to the gym, discounted pricing for guests at Drums of the Pacific Luau, lei making, hula lessons, snorkel lessons
If you don't want any of these thing, can you get out of paying the fee?


COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT KAUAI AT COCONUT BEACH
Kapaa, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $143 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $20 (tax inclusive)
Actual Hotel Rate: $184.87
What does the Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach say you get for the resort fee? Two Mai Tais, self parking, yoga on the beach, business center, phone calls, tennis court, rental of beach chairs, umbrella. 
If a guest does not want any of these things, can they get out of the resort fee? No. 

AQUA KAUAI BEACH RESORT
Lihue, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $179 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $22.91 (tax inclusive)
Actual Hotel Rate: $225.93
What does the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort say is included in the resort fee? Parking, wifi, shuttle from the airport, pools on the property, towels for the pool, hula show, luggage storage
If a guest does not want any of these things, can one get out of the resort fee? No. 


GRAND HYATT KAUAI RESORT AND SPA
Koloa, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $489 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $31.25 (tax inclusive)
Actual Hotel Rate: $585.87
What does the resort fee at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa allegedly include? Wifi, two bottles of water per day, access for two to the fitness center and fitness classes
If you do not want any of these things can you get out of the resort fee? No. 

WAIMEA PLANTATION COTTAGES
Waimea, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $149 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort  Fee: $25 (tax inclusive)
Actual Hotel Rate: $218.99
What does the resort fee include? Wifi, parking, and lots of other amenities
If you do not want any of these things can a guest get out of the resort fee? No. 


HYATT REGENCY WAIKIKI BEACH RESORT & SPA
Advertised Room Rate:  $519 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee:  $30 (+ tax)
Actual Hotel Rate: $622.88
What does the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa claim a guest gets for the resort fee? Two bottles of water, coupons for Hyatt shops, spa and restaurant, nightly entertainment, complimentary local, 1-800 and international calls (up to 60 minutes) per day, discounted beach activities, local newspaper pickup at front desk, complimentary incoming faxes, Health Club access, resort cultural activities (lei making, hula and ukulele, Hula Show at the Beach Mound), reusable Hyatt tote, guest request texting and access to beach amenities
If you do not want any of these things can you get out of the resort fee? No.

ILIMA HOTEL
Advertised Room Rate: $110 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $15 (tax inclusive)
Actual Hotel Rate: $140.36
What does the Ilima Hotel claim a guest gets for the fee? In-room wifi, in-room safe, daily coffee, daily newspaper and local and toll-free calls
If you do not want any of these things can you get out of the resort fee? No.

ISLAND COLONY BY HAWAII OCEAN CLUB
Advertised Room Rate: $110 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $15 (tax inclusive)
Actual Hotel Rate: $140.36
What does the Island Colony by Hawaii Ocean Club claim a guest gets for the fee? In-room wifi, in-room safe, daily coffee, daily newspaper and local and toll-free calls
If you do not want any of these things can you get out of the resort fee? No.

LOTUS HONOLULU AT DIAMOND HEAD
Advertised Room Rate: $299 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $26.18
Actual Hotel Rate: $366.93
What does the Ilima Hotel claim a guest gets for the fee? In-room wifi, in-room safe, daily coffee, daily newspaper and local and toll-free calls
If you do not want any of these things can you get out of the resort fee? No.

LUANA WAIKIKI HOTEL & SUITES
Advertised Room Rate: $299 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $26.18
Actual Hotel Rate: $366.93
What does the Ilima Hotel claim a guest gets for the fee? In-room wifi, in-room safe, daily coffee, daily newspaper and local and toll-free calls
If you do not want any of these things can you get out of the resort fee? No.

MAILE SKY COURT
Advertised Room Rate: $129 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $10.47 (tax inclusive)  - They call it a "convenience fee"
Actual Hote Rate: $157.48
What does the Maile Sky Court claim a guest gets for the fee? DVD movies and PS3 games, daily local newspaper, coffee and tea, in-room safe, local and toll-free calls, shuttle service, wifi internet access internet access in lobby
If you do not want any of these things can you get out of the "convenience fee"? No. 

MOANA SURFRIDER, A WESTIN RESORT & SPA
Advertised Room Rate: $1,155 (+ tax) 
Mandatory Resort Fee: $31.41
Actual Hote Rate: $1,347.65
What does the Mona Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa claim a guest gets for the fee? High-speed internet access in guest room, unlimited high speed internet access in select public areas, self parking for one vehicle, unlimited local and 1-800 telephone calls, up to 60 minutes of long distance and international telephone calls per day, children under 5 eat free some children's menu at designated dining outlets with paying adult, mini surf lesson, Moana historical tour, Ki Kilo Lani yoga class, a daily aqua aerobics class, collections of Waikiki savings booklet, 5.00 USD discount on admissions to 'lolani Palace, 4"x8" color portrait by professional photographer, daily cultural activities such as lei making, hula lessons, ukulele lessons. 
If you do not want any of these things can you get out of the resort fee? No.

OHANA WAIKIKI EAST BY OUTRIGGER
Honolulu, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $165 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $17.10 (tax inclusive) - They call it a "Waikiki Connection Fee"
Actual Hotel Rate: $205.13
What does the Ohana Waikiki East say a guest gets for the fee? Wifi, and allows you on the trolley, in room coffee and tea, local newspaper
If you do not want any of these things can you get out of paying the resort fee? No. 

OUTRIGGER WAIKIKI BEACH RESORT
Honolulu, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $339 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $34.20 (tax inclusive) - They call it a "Waikiki Connection Fee"  
Actual Hotel Rate: $420.53
What does the resort fee / Waikiki connection fee include? Wifi, Waikiki trolley for beach front guests, kids five and under eat free breakfast, free local and domestic calls, two bottles of water in the hotel each day, hotel activities, free souvenir bag and discounts on activities around Oahu
If you do not want any of these things can you get out of the resort fee / Waikiki connection fee? No.

HOTEL WAILEA
Kihei, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $479 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $31.25 (tax inclusive)
Actual Hotel Rate: $574.52
What does the Hotel Wailea say a guest gets for the resort fee? Beach service to the beach, private hotel beach club where there are chairs, umbrellas and water and the shuttle service takes you down and back, the shuttle service that will take you everywhere in the area, parking, fitness classes
If you do not want any of these things can you get out of the fee? No.

STAY CONDOMINIUMS WAIKIKI
Honolulu, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $145.04 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $10.47 (tax inclusive)
Actual Hotel Rate: $175.29
What does the Stay Condominiums Waikiki say a guest gets for the fee? Breakfast, coffee and tea, beach towels, front desk services, room cleaning daily newspaper
If you do not want any of these things an you get out of the fee? No.

THE POINT AT POIPU
Koloa, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $410 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $25 (tax inclusive)
Actual Hotel Rate: $490.01
What does The Point at Poipu say a guest gets for the fee? Wifi, use of the facility
If you do not want any of those things can you get out of it? No.

KAHANA VILLA RESORT
Lahaina, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $199 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $13 (+ tax)
Actual Hotel Rate: $240.70
What does The Kahana Villa Resort say a guest gets for the resort fee? Parking, wifi, and tennis court on site
If you do not want any of these things can you just not pay the fee? No.

STAY HOTEL WAIKIKI
Advertised Room Rate: $147 (+ tax) 
Mandatory Resort Fee: $10.47 (tax inclusive)
Actual Hotel Rate: $168
What does the Waikiki Resort Hotel claim guests get for the fee? Daily newspaper available at the front desk, use of the computer/printer in lobby
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.

WAIKIKI RESORT HOTEL
Honolulu, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $168 (+ tax) 
Mandatory Resort Fee: $10 (tax inclusive)
Actual Hotel Rate: $201
What does the Waikiki Resort Hotel claim guests get for the fee? In-room wifi, daily in-room coffee and tea, discounts for the two restaurants in the hotel, beach towels, unlimited DVD rental
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.

WHITE SANDS HOTEL
Honolulu, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $111.20 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $10.47 (tax inclusive) - They call it a "convenience fee"
Actual Hotel Rate: $137.20
What does the White Sands Hotel claim a guest gets for the fee?  DVD rentals, coffee packets replenished daily in the room, wifi, local and toll free calls, safe, shuttle service, daily newspaper
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.

THE RITZ-CARLTON KAPALUA
Lahaina, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $510 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $35 (+ tax)
Actual Hotel Rate: $618.12
What does The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua claim a guest gets for the fee?  Wifi, grounds upkeep, a 24 fitness center, activities (bocce, tennis), discounted golf, water, tea and coffee refreshment in the room and the ability to use a washer and dryer for your own clothes
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.
Note - Two phone calls were placed to the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and not once was someone able to quote a final, all taxes and fees included price, for a one night stay for September 16th. The $618.12 figure is from fine print of what a credit card would have been charged in the final billing process. A telephone call to confirm this rate was met twice times with an unending hold. If you have to ask, you can't afford it apparently. 

PARK SHORE WAIKIKI
Honolulu, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $169 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $20 (+ tax) - They call it a "hospitality fee"
Actual Hotel Rate: $213.53
What does the Park Shore Waikiki claim a guest gets for the fee? Wifi, beach towels, rentals of DVDs and games, coffee and tea
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.

AMBASSADOR HOTEL WAIKIKI
Honolulu, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $128.31 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $20.94 (tax inclusive)
Actual Hotel Rate: $167.17
What does the Ambassador Hotel Waikiki claim a guest gets for the fee?  Wifi access throughout the property, Kids club room access, pool toys and games for the pool, bicycle access, special discounts to a restaurant and show at a sister property, access to 24 fitness center, local and toll free telephone calls, a water bottle and access to a business center
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.

GRAND WAIKIKIAN SUITES BY HILTON GRAND VACATIONS
Honolulu, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $464 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $30 ("post tax, probably" - front desk was not sure. No info about resort fee is on the booking page online)
Actual Hotel Rate:  $563.64
What does the Grand Waikikian Suites by Hilton Grand Vacations claim a guest gets for the fee? Yoga, lei making classes, free DVD rentals of movies and games, access to the business center, free photograph
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.
Note - Took four transfers to connect to someone who could confirm the final actual hotel price. No resort fee online is shown until after you start the booking process.

HAWAII PRINCE HOTEL WAIKIKI
Honolulu, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $249 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $30 (+ tax)
Actual Hotel Rate: $315.17
What does the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki claim a guest gets for the fee? Self parking, wifi, discount on the morning breakfast, daily water bottle, basic amenities  
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.

QUEEN KAPIOLANI HOTEL
Honolulu, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $134 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee:  $15.65 (including tax) - They call it a "hospitality fee"
Actual Hotel Rate: $168.36
What does the Queen Kapiolani Hotel claim a guest gets for the fee? Wifi, beach towel and beach chair rentals, domestic free calls, business center and in-room safe
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.

PACIFIC BEACH HOTEL
Honolulu, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $199.64 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee:  $20 (+ tax) - They call it an "amenity fee"
Actual Hotel Rate: $248.46
What does the Pacific Beach Hotel claim a guest gets for the fee? Wifi in the room, access to our 24 hour fitness center, access to the tennis courts, golf cages, putting green, 20% discount at spas, local and toll free calls to the USA and Canada and a water bottle
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.

OUTRIGGER REEF WAIKIKI BEACH RESORT
Honolulu, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $381 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee:  $30 (+ tax) - They call it a "Waikiki Connection Fee" 
Actual Hotel Rate:  $465.60
What does the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort claim a guest gets for the fee? Access to three devices to wifi per room, there is also a trolley where you will have unlimited rides downtown, there is also a daily paper and two bottles of water
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.

HILTON GRAND VACATIONS CLUB AT WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
Waikoloa, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $359 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee:  $25 (+ tax)
Actual Hotel Rate: $435.49
What does the Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Waikoloa Beach claim a guest gets for the fee? Wifi access in room, unlimited movie and game rentals, local and toll free phone calls, 20% discount at rentals for paddle boards, pool access and Hawaiian culture activities
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.
Note - Calling the hotel directly will not help with confirming a final actual price of the hotel. They will give you another general number to call for confirmation and you can reach a human after going through three menu steps. The hotel does not mention any resort fee online until after you log in to purchase the room. 

SANDS OF KAHANA
Lahaina, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $234 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $15 (+ tax) 
Actual Hotel Rate: $265.39
What does the Sands of Kahana claim a guest gets for the fee? Parking, telephone and use of the facilities
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.

MAUNA LANI BAY HOTEL AND BUNGALOWS
Kamuela, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $279 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $25 (+ tax)
Actual Hotel Rate: $342.47
What does the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows claim a guest gets for the fee? Parking, wifi, fitness center, cabanas at the beach
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.

THE FAIRMONT ORCHID HAWAII
Kamuela, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $299 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $30 (+ tax)
Actual Hotel Rate: $370.37
What does The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii claim a guest gets for the fee? Basic internet, self-parking and one hour equipment rental of snorkel equipment, local domestic and 1800 calls, nightly turndown service, 24 hour access to fitness center, shuttle, 10% discount on the luau
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.

THE FAIRMONT KEA LANI MAUI
Wailea, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $459 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $36.46 (tax inclusive)
Actual Hotel Rate: $557.04
What does The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui say a guest gets for the resort fee? Parking, internet, umbrellas and snorkel gear
If you do not want any of these things can you get out of the resort fee? No. 

KAANAPALI BEACH CLUB RESORT BY DIAMOND RESORTS
Lahaina, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $399 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $22.04 (+ tax)
Actual Hotel Rate: $477.53
What does Kaanaplai Beach Club Resort by Diamond Resorts claim a guest gets for the fee? Parking, amenities and all services of the resort
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.

MONTAGE KAPALUA BAY
Lahaina, Hawaii
Advertised Room Rate: $705 (+ tax)
Mandatory Resort Fee: $40 (they say they do not tax the resort fee)
Actual Hotel Rate: $799.58
What does Montage Kapalua Bay claim a guest gets for the fee? Wifi, access to the spa and fitness center, access to the shuttle and a variety of Hawaiian cultural classes, beach chairs and umbrellas
If you do not want any of those things can you just not pay the fee? No.



All hotel rates were quote on March 24, 2016 for a one night stay the evening of September 16, 2016. Rates were looked up online and confirmed via phone call on March 24 & 25th, 2016. "What does ___ claim guests get for a fee?" are direct quotes from whoever was answering the phone at the hotel on March 24th and 25th. All rates based off double occupancy. Fairmont Orchid sold out on September 16th thus quoted rate is for September 17th. Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki sold on Sept 16 so quoted rate is for September 29, 2016. All hotel rooms selected as the "advertised room rate" were for the least expensive option available. No special discount or club associations rates were considered.