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11 Hotels Without Resort Fees to Visit This Summer
Your guide to top properties that don't tack on a pesky daily charge.
There are properties in popular resort destinations that don't impose extra fees.(Getty Images)
Chances are you will spend good money to treat yourself to a vacation, whether the amount you've budgeted will be spent on flights, accommodations or both. Hotel rooms can be expensive – especially in the summer – and in resort destinations, such as Maui, Hawaii, and Las Vegas, daily resort fees (add-on charges that cover things like access to the pool, beach, fitness center, Wi-Fi and more) are becoming more common. This trend might leave travelers wondering if there are any properties that don't impose extra fees. For this reason, U.S. News scoured the 2016 Best Hotels data to find properties in popular resort destinations that aren't charging resort fees, but are still offering many of the same great perks. We found hotels everywhere from Miami Beach, Florida, to Honolulu that don't tack on a daily resort fee and still provide guests with comfortable accommodations and top-notch amenities.
Soho Beach House
Miami Beach, Florida
Overlooking the white sand and cerulean-colored water of Miami Beach, the Soho Beach House is set in a prime spot on northern Collins Avenue. Rooms are spacious and all offer partial or full views of the beach, which visitors can access directly and enjoy free use of the property's lounge chairs and umbrellas. What's more, guests can enjoy amenities galore: The property features a large main pool and an adults-only rooftop infinity pool, a fitness center with a yoga studio and a movie screening room.
Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel
Sin City is notorious for hefty resort fees, but the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel offers plenty of perks without the sticker shock of additional charges (the hotel provides free parking, too). This Marriott-affiliated property boasts a 24-hour fitness center, three dining options and an outdoor pool and hot tub. And though the hotel is situated about a mile east of the Las Vegas Strip and doesn't have an on-site casino, travelers can hop on the monorail at the nearby Las Vegas Convention Center station to reach spots like the MGM Grand and Caesars Palace.
The Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge
Set in the heart of Telluride's Mountain Village, this Fairmont hotel beckons to families and adventure seekers with two- and three-bedroom accommodations and a wealth of activities. Touches like complimentary transportation from the nearby Telluride Regional and Montrose Regional airports, free parking (for one vehicle), free Internet access and Monday evening cocktail receptions are particular traveler favorites. Additionally, the hotel features a 24-hour heated indoor/outdoor pool and two hot tubs, an on-site spa and a gym.
The picturesque Solage Calistoga resides on 22 acres amid the wineries of Napa Valley. The standout amenities at this hotel include complimentary cruiser bikes, a yoga and fitness studio with free daily classes, bocce courts and two pools. Guests can also borrow the property's Mercedes-Benz for a whirl around town. And when it's time for a meal, travelers don't have to venture far for top-notch cuisine: The on-site Michelin-starred Solbar dishes out seasonal delights, such as spring vegetable chopped salad and lemon-steamed Alaskan halibut.
Pier House Resort & Spa
Key West, Florida
The Pier House Resort & Spa is home to a private shoreline and sits within walking distance of Mallory Square and the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens. Visitors to this resort will be pleased to find plentiful on-site perks, including three restaurants and bars, plus an additional bar that serves free popcorn, peanuts and hot dogs. Access to the property's pool, hot tub and fitness center, towel service at the pool and beach, in-room Internet access and daily newspapers are also covered in the room rate.
Waikiki Parc Hotel
This urban boutique hotel is a short walk from the famous Waikiki Beach and the upscale shops along Kalakaua Avenue. Aside from its primo location, the property boasts many ideal amenities and services, such as complimentary morning fitness classes such as yoga and cardio training, an eighth-floor pool and complimentary Friday evening wine receptions. Plus, all guests receive free access to the Bishop Museum and the Honolulu Museum of Art. And when it comes to accommodations, all rooms offer balconies and ocean, mountain or city views.
Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Golfers, sun-seekers and travelers looking for some rest and relaxation flock to the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island in South Carolina for a stress-free getaway. There are a whopping 90 holes of golf – across five championship courses – and while green fees are not free, there are many vacation packages that bundle accommodations and golfing for one flat rate. Aside from golf, guests can play tennis, enjoy a spa treatment, veg out by the pool and beach, participate in pick-up volleyball or soccer and more. Plus, visitors can take the resort's Mercedes-Benz for a spin around the island (for free).
Casino del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center
With a 13,500-square-foot pool deck furnished with Jacuzzis, palm trees and lounge chairs, a spa and fitness center and a sprawling casino, this property offers a great bang for your buck without imposing a daily resort fee. The Casino del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center hosts live entertainment in its various cocktail lounges (many acts are free to enjoy) and at the adjacent amphitheater. What's more, there's an 18-hole golf course on-site for those looking to perfect their swings.
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
This Four Seasons outpost puts travelers within easy reach of one of Maui's top attractions – Wailea Beach. Overlooking the shoreline's golden sands and gentle waves, it offers several resort amenities all included in the price of your stay. Complimentary beach perks such as lounge chairs, towel service and cabana use, and activities including snorkeling, tennis, volleyball, croquet and shuffleboard appeal to kids and adults alike. Plus, guests have access to three pools (including an adults-only pool with an underwater music system), three eateries, a spa and three golf courses.
The Vanderbilt Grace
Newport, Rhode Island
The elegant Vanderbilt Grace is a small boutique hotel with resort-like amenities. Each of the property's 33 rooms and suites features free Wi-Fi access, a kitchenette and views of the charming Historic Hill neighborhood. Guests of the Vanderbilt Grace can take a dip in the indoor or outdoor pool, work up a sweat in the fitness center or play billiards. The dining and drinking options on-site are impressive as well. The hotel is home to a garden terrace and a roof deck (for cocktail-sipping), in addition to The Conservatory and Muse for meals.
Grand Residences by Marriott, Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe, California
Situated in South Lake Tahoe, near the California-Nevada border, this Marriott's roomy digs are in the heart of Heavenly Village. Each studio, one- or two-bedroom villa includes a separate living and dining room, a full kitchen and a bathroom with a large soaking tub. As far as amenities go, guests enjoy free access to the property's heated outdoor pool and hot tub, the sauna and the fitness center. The property's location also puts visitors within walking distance of many of Lake Tahoe's casinos and the Lakeside Beach and Marina.
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