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Old 11-20-2012, 11:10 AM   #1
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Waldorf Astoria and Hilton Bonnet Creek has added resort fees :(

Let me start off saying I love both properties. We are DVC members, but stay more at the Waldorf and Hilton since they opened.

I know it is the norm for Disney area resorts, but their whole selling and advertising point that they don't charge resort fees. Waldorf is $25 a night and Hilton $22. What really gets me is that they are marketing the fees include things like free breakfast at the Hilton for kids. It has always been that way. The main difference is that with the charge you now get the extra perks that were for Hilton Honors members, discounts at pro shop and spa and internet.

So, if you are planning on staying, budget in that extra $30-$50 bucks for fees and parking.
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:35 PM   #2
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Just noticed this when I was checking Waldorf for a few extra days we were planning on staying in addition to our Poly stay. I will say it was disclosed in the reservation so no surprises.

I did not notice they were including internet for everyone as we usually get that with our Hilton Honors.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:54 PM   #3
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Is HBC still worth it?

We've stayed at HBC twice on great introductory deals, but never onsite at Disney. Now that the rates have shot up at HBC, and resort fees are tacked on, is the value for money still there compared to Disney hotels? Of course, if you stay at HBC, you're looking at paying for parking there and at Disney.

Is there still good value to staying at HBC for a Disney holiday, or does that even make sense money wise anymore?
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:52 AM   #4
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We've stayed at HBC twice on great introductory deals, but never onsite at Disney. Now that the rates have shot up at HBC, and resort fees are tacked on, is the value for money still there compared to Disney hotels? Of course, if you stay at HBC, you're looking at paying for parking there and at Disney.

Is there still good value to staying at HBC for a Disney holiday, or does that even make sense money wise anymore?
You have to do the math. Cost of HBC + resort fee + parking fee + Disney parking fee (if applicable).

Are you comparing the cost with a Disney deluxe hotel? HBC should cost more then a Disney value or even moderate.

There still may be value to people looking for a deluxe hotel or people able to use their Hilton points.

edited to add--I suspect one of the purposes of the resort fee is to get money from guests staying with Hilton points. Also a way to money from guests who "win" the hotel on Priceline. Guests who book conventionally just need to make sure they consider the extra fees when comparing prices.

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Old 11-26-2012, 06:32 AM   #5
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This was one of the reason why I chose not to stay at HBC this time. I had a couple of days in Orlando before I checked into my resort. Once I saw that HBC has a resort fee of $22 and a parking fee, I booked at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista. It used to be the Safari but has undergone extensive reservations and I highly recommend it now. Resort fee of $16.95 includes parking and wifi.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:43 PM   #6
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I'm HHonors Diamond, so I've been fairly loyal to the program, but these new fees are causing me to take my business elsewhere. The fee is "providing" things a Diamond already got for free, such as internet. If they want to raise prices, they should be upfront about it and wrap it into the room rate.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:28 AM   #7
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You have to do the math. Cost of HBC + resort fee + parking fee + Disney parking fee (if applicable).

Are you comparing the cost with a Disney deluxe hotel? HBC should cost more then a Disney value or even moderate.

There still may be value to people looking for a deluxe hotel or people able to use their Hilton points.

edited to add--I suspect one of the purposes of the resort fee is to get money from guests staying with Hilton points. Also a way to money from guests who "win" the hotel on Priceline. Guests who book conventionally just need to make sure they consider the extra fees when comparing prices.

Anyone using Hilton Honors points does not pay the resort fee and ANY of the Hilton Properties.
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I prefer the wyndham bonnet creek, just as nice, built in the last year or two and no fees.
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