New York City has seen an explosion in hotels charging resort fees in 2018. In May 2016, fifteen hotels in the City charged resort fees. In 2017, a whopping 42 hotels in New York City charge scam hotel resort fees. Today in May 2018, 85 New York City hotels charge deceptive and misleading hotel resort fees. This increase has drastic implications for the fair collection of taxes from New York City hotels. 

Why the concern? The hotels in New York City with resort fees (also known as "amenity fees," "urban fees," "facility fees," or "destination fees") advertise one low price, say $100. In reality, to get the key to his room, a hotel guest will be forced to pay an additional say $35 per day that the hotel considers a resort fee. This allows the hotel to lie about their advertised rate – they can say it is $100 instead of $135 dollars – and it also allows the hotel to cheat the City of New York out of essential taxes. The advertised room rate of $100 is subject to the hotel occupancy tax of 14.75%. Most hotels with resort fees in New York City argue the $35 second room rate / resort fee is only subject to the NYC sales tax of 8.875%. 

How much money is the City of New York losing per day on this hotel scam? $24,181.91 per day. That’s $169,273.37 per week. $677,093.48 per month. In total, New York City loses $8,826,397.21 in tax revenue per year because of the hotel resort fee scam (as of July 2017 - the math is quickly changing as more and more hotels add these deceptive fees). Without a total ban on hotel resort fees, New York will forever continue to see a massive loss of tax revenue due to hotel resort fees as hotels argue they should be taxed at the lower sales tax rate. 

For more information in how New York City hotel resort fees are cheating millions of dollars of New York taxes and hurting essential city services, how they drive consumers from hotels to hotel alternatives like Airbnb, how they hurt the thousands of housekeepers in New York City and drive away international tourists (where these fees are banned and unheard of) and how they hurt Convention and Conference planning, please visit our blog post on this issue

Q: Do I need to legally pay the misleading and deceptive resort fee (amenity fee, urban fee, urban destination fee, destination amenity fee, facility fee, residence fee) at my hotel? NO. You do not legally have to pay any hotel resort fee.  Resort fees are in violation of New York's Unfair Trade Practices Law. Forty-seven Attorneys General (including New York Attorney General Schneiderman) are currently investigating hotel resort fees for being deceptive and misleading. It is unlawful in the United States to tax internet services at hotel occupancy tax (as many hotels allege they provide with a resort fee) due to the Internet Tax Freedom Act. New York State law is very clear on this. Hotels are currently getting sued over alleging their resort fee pays for internet services (hint: it does not). You legally can and should refuse to pay any hotel resort fee. For more information on how to do that, visit here

For now, we'd just like to list all of the hotels in New York City that do not value their customers. The hotels below added these fees resulting in a reduction in the amount of tips their own housekeepers receive. We want to highlight the hotels below that do not believe in honest advertising. We want to show the world what hotels in New York want to lure tourists in, but not give them a room for the listed rate. Below are the hotels that conference and convention planners can no longer rely on for a posted rate to plan large events. Most importantly we want to show the many (but not all) hotels below that are NOT taxing their resort fee (second room rate) at the New York City hotel occupancy tax of 14.75% and thus cheating New York City of essential tax revenue.

THE HOTELS IN NEW YORK CITY WITH DECEPTIVE AND MISLEADING HOTEL RESORT FEES

1 HOTEL BROOKLYN BRIDGE
- They mislead and deceive by cutting $19 off the advertised price of the room per night
- Hotel lie is called a “destination fee”
- Hotel has no taxes and fees breakdown: Photo
- Hotel does not explain if the $19 includes or does not include tax: Photo
- Hotel is located at 60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201. City Council Person is Stephen Levin, Brooklyn Community Board 2 is Shirley McRae, State Legislature District 52 is Jo Anne Simon, New York State Senate District 26 is Brian Kavanagh.
- Hotel has 194 rooms
- There is no breakdown of if this fee is taxed anywhere on the hotel’s website or on third party booking websites like Expedia (see photo). Called hotel on 2/25/2019 and the desk clerk said the $19 is a tax. (That’s not correct)
- Taxes: This hotel is possibly paying $0 of taxes on the $19. So 19 x .1475 (the percentage it should be taxed) = $2.83. Then 2.83 x 194 (number of rooms) = $549.12. So the hotel uses the fee to cheat $549.12 daily. Then multiply that by 365 to see the yearly impact, the hotel uses the resort fee to cheat $200,429.47 of New York City hotel taxes annually.
- $200,429.47 of NYC hotel taxes lost every single year.

1 HOTEL CENTRAL PARK
- They mislead and deceive by hiding $19 off the advertised price of the room per night
- Hotel lie is called a “destination fee”
- Hotel has no taxes and fees breakdown: Photo
- Hotel does not explain if the $19 includes or does not include tax: Photo
- Hotel is located at 1414 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019. District 4 City Council Person is Keith Powers, Manhattan Community Board 5 is Vikki Babero, State Legislature District 75 Richard (Dick) Gottfried, New York State Senate District 28 Liz Krueger.
- Hotel has 229 rooms.
- There is no breakdown of if this fee is taxed anywhere on the hotel’s website or on third party booking websites like Expedia (see photo). Called hotel on 2/25/2019 and the desk clerk said it is a flat fee of $19 with no tax.
- Taxes: This hotel is probably paying $0 of taxes on the 19. $19 x .1475 (the percentage it should be taxed) = $2.83. Then 2.83 x 229 (number of rooms) = $648.07. So the hotel uses the fee to cheat $648.07 daily. Then multiply that by 365 to see the yearly impact, the hotel uses the resort fee to cheat $236,545.55 of New York City hotel taxes annually.
- $236,545.55 of NYC hotel taxes lost every single year.

11 HOWARD
- They mislead and deceive by hiding $30 off the advertised price of the room per night
- Hotel lie is NOT EVEN MENTIONED ON THEIR WEBSITE
- Hotel has no taxes and fees breakdown: Photo
- Hotel does not seem to mention their resort fee on their website so there is no indication it exists and thus there is no idea if it is taxed
- Third party booking website Expedia calls it a resort fee and says the final price is $32.66. Photo
- Hotel is located at 11 Howard St, New York, NY 10013. District 1 City Council Margaret Chin, Manhattan Community Board 2 Terri Crude, New York State Assembly District 66 Deborah Glick, New York State Senate District 26 Brian Kavanagh.
- Hotel has 207 rooms.
- The hotel’s website has no listing of the fee. Expedia says the final price of the $30 fee is 32.66 which means the hotel is charging NYC sales tax of 8.875% on it. The $30 should be part of the advertised hotel room rate which is taxed 14.75%. It’s a difference of 5.875%. So that is $1.76 loss per room per night. $1.76 x 207 rooms = 364.84. The hotel is cheating $364.84 per day. 364.84 x 365 = 133,165.69. The hotel is using the resort fee to cheat $133,165.69 of NYC hotel taxes annually.
- $133,165.69 of NYC hotel taxes lost every single year.

AMERICANA INN
- They mislead and deceive by hiding $13 off the advertised price of the room per night
- They call this a “facility fee”
- Hotel does have a taxes and fees breakdown: Photo
- Hotel mentions that the fee is $13 and in final taxes in fees breakdown lists it as 14.91 meaning it is being taxed the full 14.75 NYC hotel tax
- Hotel is located at 69 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018. District 4 City Council Keith Powers, Manhattan Community Board 5 Vikki Babero, New York State Assembly District 75 Richard (Dick) Gottfried, New York State Senate District 27 Brad Hoylman
- Hotel has 61 rooms.
- The hotel is charging NYC hotel tax on both the hidden and advertised part of the room rate

AMERITANIA AT TIMES SQUARE
- They mislead and deceive by hiding $19.95 off the advertised price of the room per night
- They call this a “residence fee”
- Hotel does have a very confusing taxes and fees breakdown: Photo
- Hotel does not show the amount of taxes expected with the fee
- Third party booking sites like Expedia show the final price paid for the fee is 22.90 Photo. This means that it is being taxed full 14.75 NYC hotel tax
- Hotel is located at 230 W 54th Street New York, NY 10019. City Council District 3 Corey Johnson, Manhattan Community Board 5 Vikki Babero, New York State Assembly District 67 Linda Rosenthal, New York State Senate District 27 Brad Hoylman
- Hotel has 220 rooms.
- The hotel is charging NYC hotel tax on both the hidden and advertised part of the room rate

THE ALGONQUIN HOTEL TIMES SQUARE - AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION
They mislead and deceive by hiding $25 off the advertised price of the room per night

ANDAZ WALL STREET - CONCEPT BY HYATT
They mislead and deceive by hiding $25 off the advertised price of the room per night

AVALON HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $21.78 off the advertised price of the room per night

THE ARLO NOMAD
They mislead and deceive by hiding $31.57 off the advertised price of the room per night

THE ARLO SOHO
They mislead and deceive by hiding $31.57 off the advertised price of the room per night

THE ARTHOUSE HOTEL NEW YORK CITY
They mislead and deceive by hiding $35 off the advertised price of the room per night

THE ASSEMBLAGE JOHN STREET
They mislead and deceive by hiding $21.81 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE BELVEDERE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $22.96 off the advertised price of the room per night

THE BENJAMIN
They mislead and deceive by hiding $32.66 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE BLAKELY NEW YORK
They mislead and deceive by hiding $22.95 off the advertised price of the room per night

THE BORO HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $22.95 off the advertised price of the room per night

THE CACHET BOUTIQUE NEW YORK
They mislead and deceive by hiding $28.72 off the advertised price of the room per night

CARNEGIE HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $28.69 off the advertised price of the room per night

CHAMBERS HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $25.82 off the advertised price of the room per night

CHELSEA INN
They mislead and deceive by hiding $11.48 off the advertised price of the room per night

CLUB QUARTERS HOTEL WORLD TRADE CENTER
They mislead and deceive by hiding $21.72 off the advertised price of the room per night

CONCORDE HOTEL NEW YORK
They mislead and deceive by hiding $25 off the advertised price of the room per night

CROWNE PLAZA HY36 MIDTOWN MANHATTAN
They mislead and deceive by hiding $34.43 off the advertised price of the room per night

CROWNE PLAZA TIMES SQUARE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $30 off the advertised price of the room per night

DISTRIKT HOTEL NEW YORK CITY, A TAPESTRY HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $25 off the advertised price of the room per night

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON - TIMES SQUARE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $25 off the advertised price of the room per night

DREAM DOWNTOWN
They mislead and deceive by hiding $14.95 off the advertised price of the room per night

DREAM MIDTOWN
They mislead and deceive by hiding $14.95 off the advertised price of the room per night

DUMONT NYC
They mislead and deceive by hiding $32.66 off the advertised price of the room per night

EVEN HOTEL TIMES SQUARE SOUTH
They mislead and deceive by hiding $25 off the advertised price of the room per night

EXCELSIOR HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $21 off the advertised price of the room per night

EXECUTIVE HOTEL LE SOLEIL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $20 off the advertised price of the room per night

FIFTY HOTEL & SUITES BY AFFINIA
They mislead and deceive by hiding $40 off the advertised price of the room per night

FREEHAND NEW YORK
They mislead and deceive by hiding $20.69 off the advertised price of the room per night

FLATIRON HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $19 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE FRANKLIN HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $12 from the advertised price of the room per night

FIFTY NYC
They mislead and deceive by hiding $35 (+ tax)  off the advertised price of the room per night

GARDENS SUITES HOTEL BY AFFINIA
They mislead and deceive by hiding $40.16 off the advertised price of the room per night

THE GALLIVANT
They mislead and deceive by hiding $15 from the advertised price of the room per night

GILD HALL, A THOMPSON HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $20 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE GREGORY
They mislead and deceive by hiding $32.14 from the advertised price of the room per night

GRAND HYATT NEW YORK
They mislead and deceive by hiding $28.69 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE HIGH LINE HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $19.72 off the advertised price of the room per night

HILTON MIDTOWN NEW YORK (The biggest hotel in New York City)
They mislead and deceive by hiding $25 from the advertised price of the room per night

HOTEL 32 32
They mislead and deceive by hiding $16.05 off the advertised price of the room per night

HOTEL 48LEX NEW YORK
They mislead and deceive by hiding $60 off the advertised price of the room per night

HOTEL 50 BOWERY NYC
They mislead and deceive by hiding $21.72 off the advertised price of the room per night

HOTEL BOUTIQUE GRAND CENTRAL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $60 off the advertised price of the room per night

HOTEL EDISON
They mislead and deceive by hiding $28.68 off the advertised price of the room per night

HOTEL HAYDEN
They mislead and deceive by hiding $16.34 off the advertised price of the room per night

HOTEL HENRI - WYNDHAM
They mislead and deceive by hiding $16.29 off the advertised price of the room per night

HOTEL HUGO
They mislead and deceive by hiding $16.34 from the advertised price of the room per night

HOTEL INDIGO
They mislead and deceive by hiding $25 from the advertised price of the room per night

HOTEL LE BLEU
They mislead and deceive by hiding $25 from the advertised price of the room per night

HOTEL MELA TIMES SQUARE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $32.66 from the advertised price of the room per night

HOTEL NEWTON
They mislead and deceive by hiding $17.22 from the advertised price of the room per night

HOTEL PENNSYLVANIA
They mislead and deceive by hiding $37.80 from the advertised price of the room per night

HUDSON
They mislead and deceive by hiding $32.61 from the advertised price of the room per night

HYATT CENTRIC TIMES SQUARE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $25 from the advertised price of the room per night

HYATT HERALD TIMES SQUARE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $25 from the advertised price of the room per night

INNSIDE THE MELIA NEW YORK NOMAD
They mislead and deceive by hiding $40.16 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE INTERCONTINENTAL TIMES SQUARE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $30 (+tax) from the advertised price of the room per night

THE INTERCONTINENTAL BARCLAY
They mislead and deceive by hiding $30 (+tax) from the advertised price of the room per night

THE JAMES NEW YORK SOHO
They mislead and deceive by hiding $43.55 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE JAMES NEW YORK NOMAD
They mislead and deceive by hiding $27.22 from the advertised price of the room per night

JW MARRIOTT ESSEX HOUSE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $28.69 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE KNICKERBOCKER HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $32.66 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE LEXINGTON NEW YORK CITY - AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION
They mislead and deceive by hiding $25 from the advertised price of the room per night

LIFE HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $25 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE MANHATTAN AT TIMES SQUARE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $32.66 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE MARMARA PARK AVENUE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $19.60 from the advertised price of the room per night

MARRIOTT AT BROOKLYN BRIDGE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $28.69 from the advertised price of the room per night

MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN NEW YORK
They mislead and deceive by hiding $17.21 from the advertised price of the room per night

MARRIOTT EAST SIDE NEW YORK
They mislead and deceive by hiding $28.69 from the advertised price of the room per night

MARRIOTT MARQUIS NEW YORK (The largest Marriott property in the United States)
They mislead and deceive by hiding $25 from the advertised price of the room per night

MARTINIQUE NEW YORK ON BROADWAY - CURIO COLLECTION HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $16.33 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE MAVE NYC
They mislead and deceive by hiding $20.14 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE MAYFAIR NEW YORK
They mislead and deceive by hiding $4.60 from the advertised price of the room per night

MERRION ROW HOTEL AND PUBLIC HOUSE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $25 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE MICHELANGELO HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $43.55 from the advertised price of the room per night

MILLENNIUM BROADWAY NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $28.69 from the advertised price of the room per night

MILLENNIUM PREMIER NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $34.43 from the advertised price of the room per night

MONDRAIN PARK AVENUE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $35 from the advertised price of the room per night

MORGANS
They mislead and deceive by hiding $29.95 from the advertised price of the room per night

NOMO SOHO
They mislead and deceive by hiding $25 from the advertised price of the room per night

NOVOTEL NEW YORK - TIMES SQUARE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $16.33 from the advertised price of the room per night

NU HOTEL BROOKLYN
They mislead and deceive by hiding $27.19 from the advertised price of the room per night

NYLO NEW YORK CITY
They mislead and deceive by hiding $35.57 from the advertised price of the room per night

NYMA THE NEW YORK MANHATTAN HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $28 from the advertised price of the room per night

OPERA HOUSE HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $17.21 from the advertised price of the room per night

PARAMOUNT TIMES SQUARE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $32.66 from the advertised price of the room per night

PARK CENTRAL HOTEL NEW YORK
They mislead and deceive by hiding $33.75 from the advertised price of the room per night

PARK LANE HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $35.93 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE PARKER NEW YORK
They mislead and deceive by hiding $16.33 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE PREMIER TIMES SQUARE BY MILLENNIUM
They mislead and deceive by hiding $10.89 from the advertised price of the room per night

PAPER FACTORY HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $22.96 from the advertised price of the room per night

PARK SOUTH HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $23.95 from the advertised price of the room per night

PIERRE, A TAJ HOTEL NEW YORK
They mislead and deceive by hiding $32.66 from the advertised price of the room per night

PLAZA HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $50 from the advertised price of the room per night

POD 39 HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $22.95 from the advertised price of the room per night

POD 51 Hotel
They mislead and deceive by hiding $22.95 from the advertised price of the room per night

POD TIMES SQUARE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $17.22 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE QUIN
They mislead and deceive by hiding $21.78 from the advertised price of the room per night

RADISSON MARTINIQUE ON BROADWAY
They mislead and deceive by hiding $16.33 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE REDBURY NEW YORK
They mislead and deceive by hiding $32.66 from the advertised price of the room per night

RENAISSANCE NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $28.69 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE RIDGE HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $10 from the advertised price of the room per night

RIU PLAZA NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $13.06 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE ROGER
They mislead and deceive by hiding $35.93 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE ROGER SMITH HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $25 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE ROOSEVELT HOTEL NYC
They mislead and deceive by hiding $32.66 from the advertised price of the room per night

ROW NYC
They mislead and deceive by hiding $32.67 from the advertised price of the room per night

ROYALTON HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $34.42 from the advertised price of the room per night

ROYALTON PARK AVENUE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $43.55 from the advertised price of the room per night

SAN CARLOS HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $27.22 from the advertised price of the room per night

SHELBURNE NYC - AFFINIA
They mislead and deceive by hiding $32.66 from the advertised price of the room per night

SHERATON TIMES SQUARE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $25 from the advertised price of the room per night

SKYLINE HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $21 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE ST. REGIS NEW YORK
They mislead and deceive by hiding $50 from the advertised price of the room per night

SOFITEL HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $16.32 from the advertised price of the room per night

STEWART HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $35 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE SURREY
They mislead and deceive by hiding $38.11 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE TILLARY HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $16.33 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE TIME NEW YORK
They mislead and deceive by hiding $19.99 from the advertised price of the room per night

TWA HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $10 from the advertised price of the room per night

WARWICK NEW YORK
They mislead and deceive by hiding $25 from the advertised price of the room per night

W NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $28.69 from the advertised price of the room per night

W NEW YORK UNION SQUARE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $28.69 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE WAGNER HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $45.90 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE WATSON HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $16 from the advertised price of the room per night

WELLINGTON HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $20 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE WESTIN NEW YORK AT TIMES SQUARE
They mislead and deceive by hiding $28.69 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE WESTIN NEW YORK GRAND CENTRAL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $28.69 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE WESTHOUSE NEW YORK
They mislead and deceive by hiding $48.99 from the advertised price of the room per night

WORLD CENTER HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $21.72 from the advertised price of the room per night

THE WYNDHAM NEW YORKER
They mislead and deceive by hiding $29 from the advertised price of the room per night

VICEROY CENTRAL PARK NEW YORK
They mislead and deceive by hiding $31.57 from the advertised price of the room per night

YOTEL NEW YORK
They mislead and deceive by hiding $30 from the advertised price of the room per night

Z NYC HOTEL
They mislead and deceive by hiding $28.69 from the advertised price of the room per night


This data is accurate as of February 24, 2019. If anything is not 100% accurate when you read this, please email hi@killresortfees.com and we will fix any error within 24 hours. Please also email if you are aware of a new hotel adding deceptive and misleading pricing. People emailing us tips make this list possible! 

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